TMZ says the track, “A Place with No Name,” sounds “similar” to America’s 1971 hit “A Horse with No Name.”
Similar is an understatement, at least in the 25-second clip posted on TMZ. Although the track is slower, the lyrics of the verse are different, the melody of the chorus is new and the rhythm track is significantly funked up, the song sounds practically identical to the original, right down to the acoustic guitar strumming along under the verse.
The singer reportedly got permission to do the song from America’s manager, Jim Morey, who also managed Jackson for a while.
“The band was honored that Michael chose to do their song and they hope it becomes available for all Michael’s fans to hear,” Morey told TMZ.
I’ll bet. Who couldn’t use songwriting royalties from a Michael Jackson hit? Especially since it’s now practically a given that anything released will sell a bazillion copies.
Check out the similarities for yourself. Here’s America’s “A Horse with No Name.”