Michael Jackson would have been 55 had he lived this year.
Here are the 10 most inspiring lyrics from the King Of Pop.
- “In the Closet” was originally conceived as a duet between Jackson and Madonna. According to a 1992 interview with British journalist Jonathan Ross, Madonna said she worked on some lyrical ideas for the song but when she presented them to Michael, he decided they were too provocative and they decided not to continue with the project. Princess Stephanie of Monaco is the mystery voice on the album.
- “Why You Wanna Trip On Me” has as one of the song’s co-writers was Bernard Belle, a key working associate of Teddy Riley during most of the New Jack Swing era. Bernard Belle is the younger brother of classic R&B artist Regina Belle.
- “Jam” Heavy D performed the rap on this song.
- “Remember The Time” A nine-minute music video directed by John Singleton, marketed as a “short film”, was released for the song. The video is set in ancient Egypt and features appearances by Eddie Murphy, Iman, The Pharcyde and Magic Johnson. Jermaine Jackson also confirmed this in his book, “You Are Not Alone: Michael: Through a Brother’s Eyes.” On page 194 Jermaine writes, “…that song was, as Michael told me, written with Diana Ross in mind; the one great love that, as far as he was concerned, escaped him.
- “Thriller”- When the 14-minute-long Thriller video aired, MTV ran it twice an hour to meet demand. The short film marked an increase in scale for music videos and has been routinely named the best music video ever
- “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ “was originally slated for Off The Wall The song’s lyrics pertain to the media and press, as well as gossip and people trying to start arguments or problems for no reason, which he states in the lyrics, “Someone’s always tryin’ to start my baby crying,” and then goes to a more “quasi paranoia” yield in the “near-bitterness” chorus, ‘You’re a vegetable, you’re a vegetable/ You’re just a buffet, you’re a vegetable/ They’ll eat off you, you’re a vegetable.’
- “Pretty Young Thing (P.Y.T.)”The song has a tempo of 126 beats per minute, making it one of Jackson’s fastest songs.
- “Thriller” is still the most successful album in music history. Seven successful singles on a nine track LP, genre-defining videos and a Guinness Book World Record of 110 million copies sold (double that of its nearest competitor). Today Thriller is used as a benchmark.
- He saved the music industry. It wasn’t just about the music and sales of the album, it was also the impact it had on music commerce in general. Thriller hit shelves in 1982 during one of the worst post-war recessions in the US. The music industry was flailing, but its release helped spark an immediate repatriation between casual consumers and music stores. It was widely known that this album was the single most successful release to ever cross genres. Thriller had rock appeal via blistering guitar solos on ‘Beat It’, dance appeal via ‘Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’, Contemporary Pop appeal via ‘Human Nature’ and r&b covered in ‘Lady In My Life’.
- He transformed advertising and marketing. Michael won and master minded the contemporary use of music in commercials. When he purchased The Beatles catalog in 1985, Michael used the licensing rights for “Revolution” by renting it to Nike. His long time friendship with Paul McCartney was never the same after. This was the first attempt at using contemporary pop music in commercials. It was rare to hear many big name songs on commercials at the time due to expenses and conflicts of interest. Many artists thought it would “water down their image and worth.
- Michael was a huge philanthropist. He was a supporter of 39 listed charities with over $300 million in donations, some will remember Jackson purely for his generosity. With his Heal the World Foundation, MJ was dedicated to helping a range of causes from domestic drug and alcohol addiction to starvation and famine abroad.
The Jackson Five were introduced to the world on August 11,1969.