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Michael Jackson

Billie Jean

2 Jan, 1983

Jackson releases Billie Jean, the second single from Thriller. The song is based on a true account where a girl would stalk Jackson and begin writing him letters claiming he was the father of her child. Jackson expressed is discomfort with the false claim indirectly with this song.

There is a girl named Billie Jean, but it’s not about that Billie Jean, Billie Jean is kind of anonymous. It represents a lot of girls. They used to call them groupies in the ’60s. They would hang around backstage doors, and any band that would come to town they would have a relationship with, and I think I wrote this out of experience with my brothers when I was little.There were a lot of Billie Jeans out there. Every girl claimed that their son was related to one of my brothers.

Michael Jackson – Billie Jean