The Story Behind Michael Jackson's New Video
A new video of the late singer's song "A Place with No Name" premiered Wednesday
Late Wednesday, the video for “A Place with No Name” – the new release from Jackson’s posthumous Xscape album – was Tweeted out to his 1.66 million followers with the message: “It’s time! The first ever premiere of ‘A Place With No Name’ right now on Twitter.”
Here are three things to know about the late singer’s new video:
1. It features a mix of old and new footage.
The video begins with a black-and-white scene featuring a male driving through a desert in his Jeep, as is described in the song’s lyrics. He discovers a female dancer and she transports him to a “place without no name.” These newly filmed scenes are interspersed with archival footage of Jackson dancing and smiling by the Salton Sea on the set of his music video (which was shot by Herb Ritts) for 1991’s “In the Closet.” The Ritts footage had previously been kept in a vault since 1992, according to MTV.
2. It was directed by the same video director as Nirvana’s "Smells Like Teen Spirit."
Jackson’s “A Place with No Name” was directed by Samuel Bayer, who also directed Justin Timberlake‘s video for “What Goes Around … Comes Around,” Maroon 5’s “Payphone,” and numerous videos for Green Day, Lenny Kravitz, The Rolling Stones and others.
3. The song was originally recorded by Jackson in 1998.
Jackson recorded “A Place with No Name” 16 years ago while creating his Invincible album, according to Billboard. The Dr. Freeze-produced track is actually somewhat of a remake of America’s 1972 hit “A Horse with No Name.”