Friday, July 17, 2009

Michael Jackson Loves America

America's love affair with Michael Jackson may have suffered a dramatic decline in the decade leading up to his June 25 death, but apparently the King of Pop's love affair with America never waned...

The band America, that is.

A clip from Jackson's previously unreleased track "A Place With No Name" (listen here) surfaced yesterday, leaving many to scratch their heads at its similarity to the song "A Horse With No Name" (listen here) from '70s folk rockers America.

Rest assured, there won't be a legal battle of Coldplay/Joe Satriani/Cat Stevens proportions any time soon - Quite the contrary, America are making love, not war.

While “A Place With No Name” does feature a prominent sample of “A Horse With No Name” and lyrics that don't stray far from the original recording, Jackson had obtained permission to use the track years ago.

In fact, Jim Morey, America's current manager, was Michael Jackson's manager in the late '80s and early '90s.

“We’re honored that Michael Jackson chose to record it and we’re impressed with the quality of the track," said America's Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley in statement issued this afternoon. "We’re also hoping it will be released soon so that music listeners around the world can hear the whole song and once again experience the incomparable brilliance of Michael Jackson.”

Dewey Bunnell wrote "A Horse With No Name," which was originally released on America's self-titled 1971 debut. The album reached No. 1 on March 25, 1972, and remained there for five weeks.

“Michael Jackson really did it justice and we truly hope his fans - and our fans - get to hear it in its entirety. It’s really poignant,” the statement continued.

Michael wasn't the only America fan in the Jackson family. Janet Jackson's 2001 hit “Someone To Call My Lover" sampled America’s “Ventura Highway,” and “Let’s Wait Awhile," from Janet's blockbuster 1987 album Control, reminded many fans of America's ”Daisy Jane.”

America are currently on tour (click here for dates), and will remain on the road throughout 2009.

Offical America Website

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