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Slave to the Rhythm
Slave to The Rhythm
Genre R&B
Synthpop
Electropop
New jack swing
Released May 8, 2014
Album Xscape
Recorded 1991-1998 (original)
2013-2014 (reworked)
Length 4:15 (album version)
4:35 (original version)
3:30 (radio edit)
Language English
Label MJJ
Epic
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Slave to the Rhythm is the 5th song featured on recording artist, Michael Jackson's second posthumous album, Xscape. The original version is 4 minutes 35 seconds in length, while the album version is 4 minutes, 15 seconds long.

Development

The song was written and recorded in 1991, with L.A. Reid and Babyface during sessions for the Dangerous album, but failed to make it through the final cut.

Release

In 2010, a version of the song remixed by Tricky Stewart was leaked. This remix remains unreleased officially, but a snippet was played on the Ellen DeGeneres Show in the weeks before the release of Xscape.[1]

In February 2014, a re-tooled version of the song, produced by Timbaland and J-Roc, was featured on a commercial advertisement for Sony Mobile's Xperia Z2 mobile phone.

The song was officially release on 8th May, 2014.

Lyrics

She dances in his sheets at night
She dances to his needs
She dances 'til he feels just right
Until he falls asleep

She dances at the crack of dawn
And quickly cooks his food
She can't be late, can't take too long
The kids must get to school

She's a slave to the rhythm
She's a slave to the rhythm of
She's a slave to the rhythm
A slave to the rhythm of
The rhythm of love, the rhythm of love
She's a slave to the rhythm
She's a slave to the rhythm of
She's a slave to the rhythm
A slave to the rhythm of
The rhythm of love, the rhythm of love

She dances for the man at work
Who works her overtime
She can't be rude as she says sir
I must be home tonight

She dances to the kitchen stove
Dinner is served by nine
He says his food's an hour late
She must be out her mind

She's a slave to the rhythm
She's a slave to the rhythm of
She's a slave to the rhythm
A slave to the rhythm of
The rhythm of love, the rhythm of love
She's a slave to the rhythm
She's a slave to the rhythm of
She's a slave to the rhythm
A slave to the rhythm of
The rhythm of love, the rhythm of love

She works so hard just to make her way
For a man who just don't appreciate
And though he takes her love in vain
Yet she could not stop, couldn't break his chains

She danced the night that they fell out
She swore she'd dance no more
But dance she did, he did not quit
As she ran out the door

She danced through the night in fear of her life
She danced to a beat of her own
She let out a cry and swallowed her pride
She knew she was needed back home, home

Cause she's a slave to the rhythm
She's a slave to the rhythm of
She's a slave to the rhythm
A slave to the rhythm of
The rhythm of love, the rhythm of love
She's a slave to the rhythm
She's a slave to the rhythm of
She's a slave to the rhythm
A slave to the rhythm of
The rhythm of love, the rhythm of love

Audio

Original Version

Slave to the Rhythm original version

2014 Xscape version


Live Performance

On May 18, 2014, Jackson performed "Slave to the Rhythm" at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, in the form of a Pepper's ghost illusion. The set stage and the backup dancers were also a result of the Pepper's ghost illusion.

Preparation for the performance began in late 2013. Brothers, Rich and Tone Talauega, who were backup dancers for the HIStory World Tour, in 1997, were responsible for the choreography of the performance. It was directed by Jamie King, who is also the director and writer of Michael Jackson: One, which is the second, Michael Jackson based production by Cirque du Soleil. The video was produced by Pulse Evolution and Tricycle Logic.

Trivia

  • The original version of the song can be found on the deluxe edition of the Xscape album.
  • The song debuted at number 45 on the Billboard Hot 100, giving Jackson a posthumous 50th entry on the Billboard Hot 100.

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Live Performance

References

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