‘Nobody’ Channels MiJac Better Than Ne-Yo

neyo_mic.jpgSo maybe we're starting to sound like a broken record here at SoulBounce, but at least that record is a stone cold jam!
Our man Ne-Yo has hit us over the head with another possible leak from his upcoming CD, Year of the Gentleman, that shows him digging deep into his bag of Michael Jackson tricks. This tune has the gloved one's stamp all over it--from the throwback instrumentation to Ne-Yo's cadence. I love Shaffer's take on this, but I'd be curious to hear Michael actually sing this obvious Michael song. Although I can't really see Jacko singing the lyric "can't nobody cut like her" once he looked up the definition on But stranger things have happened. Is it just me, or does listening to this song make anyone else want to break out into some old Michael Peters choreography?

Ne-Yo: "Nobody"

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  1. I like Ne-Yo.I do.I think he has an Ok voice.It's a cool song and everything, but I want to hear something different because I already know what to expect of him.

  2. i really like this. ne-yo is consistent. can't wait for this new cd.

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    Yea this one sounds great, those are the kind of melodys and harmonies that just make you smile . Its Mijac all day, but like Glenn Lewis, Robin thicke and the rest of the good clones he does it justice. He would of won if he had went with this joint first instead of the limp wrist wrist dance record. I think MJ would have rejected this song, I'm sure Ne-yo played it for him prior to commiting it to his record. But he SHOULD sing a record like this. He'd KILL IT

  4. So much for originality. And people wonder why R&B is so watered down. Luther didnt bit Teddy, Teddy didnt bite Al, Al didnt bite Sam Cook. Neyo is a talented cat but come on brother what them young kids be saying now a days...."Do U" not Mike

  5. And THIS song goes even further to prove my point that if Michael hires producers who understand what his sound his, he can have a new hit project on his hands. This is Ne-Yo OBVIOUSLY doing MJ's sound, not someone like who can't NOT make a song sound like him. *sigh*

  6. I'm tired of everybody trying to duplicate what's already BEEN DONE before. It's cool if you pay homage to the legends for ONE song or a dance sequence, but to practically mirror everything but the glove? C'mon, how many people will go down this "MJ" path again? We've got Ne-Yo, Chris Brown, Justin Timberlake, O'neal McKnight, Omarion (need I go on?) I love artists where you can see or feel the past influence, but it ultimately doesn't overwhelm who they are as individual ARTISTS. People like Missy Elliott, Outkast, Kanye, Pharrell, Janelle Monae, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, etc. These artists still have a UNIQUE style, look, & sound that's all their own & it's totally representative of the 21st century. That's what separates the legends from the lost ones. Moving Forward.

  7. dammn, sounds good =]