Jackson releasesTabloid Junkie, the eleventh track from his ninth album HIStory. The song chronicles Jackson’s tarnished public reputation from what it once was and it also tells of how the public quickly believe the headlines. In Jackson’s most recent albums, this has been an ongoing subject written both blatantly and passively.
Remember, the press is a business: Newspapers and magazines are in business to make money – sometimes at the expense of accuracy, fairness and even the truth.
Jackson releases his version of Smile, a song originally written by Charlie Chaplin for the score of his self-directed 1936 film Modern Times.
You have to have that tragedy, that pain to pull from. That’s what makes a clown great. You can see he’s hurting behind the masquerade. He’s something else externally. Charles Chaplin did that so beautifully, better than anyone. I can play off those moments, too. I’ve been through the fire many times.
Jackson releases Stranger in Moscow the fifth single from HIStory. The song is an autobiographical look at Jackson’s tour in Moscow where he felt suddenly unknown and disconnected from his fans there.
I wrote that in Moscow. The lyrics are totally autobiographical. When you hear lines like, “Here abondoned in my fame…Armageddon of the brain” – at the time, on the last tour when we were in Moscow – that’s how I really felt. It kinda created itself. It fell into my lap, because that’s how I was feeling at the time. Just alone in my hotel and it was raining and I just started writing it.
Jackson releasesHeal the World, a song from Dangerous. The song is focused on the global children that are living in a violent or impoverished state. Jackson talks about the need to love and care as a means of productively working together to save the future generations from suffering from this fate.
We have to heal our wounded world. The chaos, despair, and senseless destruction we see today are a result of the alienation that people feel from each other and their environment.
Jackson releasesBlack or White the first single from the Dangerous album. It is a combination of rock, pop and world music. The song is written, composed and produced by Jackson with lyrics by Bill Botrell. The theme focuses on equality and peace among races around the world.
We must learn to live and love each other before its too late. We have to stop! We have to stop the prejudice, we have to stop the hating, we have to stop living in fear of our own neighbors.
Jackson releasesLeave Me Alone from The Essential Michael Jackson. The song is composed, written and produced by Jackson. It highlights all of the negative stories and slander that was written about Jackson by the tabloid and broadcast media, including stories about sleeping in a gas chamber and purchasing the ‘Elephant Man’s’ bones.
It’s not true. It’s like looking at a fictitious movie because it’s fiction. It’s science fiction. It’s not true. I know myself and it’s sad when other people have to read those things and they believe it. I know eventually the truth will prevail and I’m about truth.
Jackson releasesSmooth Criminal the seventh single from the Bad album. The song is written, produced and sung by Jackson and originally inspired by a classic western. The song is about a gangster who breaks into a woman named Annie’s apartment and kills her right before she is smitten by his suave personality. Jackson wanted the dance moves for the music video to express the sadness and anger from the criminal activity.
I want the music to dictate the way we feel…it’s gotta dictate our emotions. We expressing the way everybody feels. We’re looking at what you always wanted to say to the world. Passion anger and fire.
Michael Jackson – Smooth Criminal (Michael Jackson's Vision)
Jackson releasesBeat It, the third single from Thriller. The lyrics portray gang life on the streets which Jackson has mentioned he is not directly familiar with. The song talks about two gangs who come together to fight but are challenged to work together and settle their differences in peaceful manner.
Every song is different. The gestation process for BEAT IT was so fast, it was amazing. I thought about what I’d do in that situation… A confrontation with a gang… I wouldn’t do what these people would do. The way I was raised I would turn the other cheek without creating a war or being a coward either.
Michael Jackson – Beat It (Digitally Restored Version)
Jackson releasesBillie 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
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