Bad Michael Jackson
Song Title: Bad
Artist: Michael Jackson
Date of release: September the 7th 1987
Description: ” Bad ” is by Michael Jackson ( Michael Joseph Jackson ), the American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer and actor. The song was written by Michael Jackson.
Production for the single was by Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones ( Quincy Delightt Jones, Jr. ). Quincy who is also known simply as ” Q ” is a record producer with a career than spans sixty years. He has a record 79 Grammy nominations and 28 Grammys. In 1991 he won the Grammy Legend Award.
Quincy produced the Album ” Thriller ” for Michael, the Album went on to sell a reputed 110 million copies and in doing so is the best-selling Album of all time.
” Bad ” was released on the 7th of September 1987 by record label Epic Records and taken as the second single from Michael’s seventh Album of the same name.
The song was based on a real life story Michael had read about in either Time or Newsweek magazine.
In Michael’s autobiography Moonwalk published in 1988, Michael explained the concept of the song ” ‘Bad’ is a song about the street. It’s about this kid from a bad neighborhood who gets to go away to a private school. He comes back to the old neighborhood when he’s on a break from school and the kids from the neighborhood start giving him trouble. He sings, ‘I’m bad, you’re bad, who’s bad, who’s the best?’ He’s saying when you’re strong and good, then you’re bad “.
He originally intended it to be a duet with Prince. Prince wasn’t so keen on the idea.
In an interview with VH1’s Chris Rock in 1997, Prince explained why he turned the offer down ” That Wesley Snipes character, that would have been me,” he said ” To put it better, the first line of that song is ‘your butt is mine.’ Now I said, who’s gonna sing that to who? Cause you sure ain’t singing it to me. And I sure ain’t singing it to you “.
The accompanying music video is some 18 minutes in length and was filmed on location in New York city with the dance sequence filmed in Hoyt-Schermerhorn subway station in Brooklyn. It was written by Richard Price. Richard is a much acclaimed novelist and screenwriter, his novels include The Wanderers published in 1974, his 1992 novel Clockers and his 2008 Lush Life. He also writes for popular tv shows The Wire and The Night Of.
The short film for ” Bad ” was directed by Martin Scorsese. Martin has a long career as a director, he directed the 1990 film Goodfellas which starred Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Ray Liotta and the epic The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) which starred Willem Dafoe and the late David Bowie.
The video made many references to the 1961 film West Side Story, the audio track used in the video was different to the one used for the Album. In the video there is an instrumental organ solo which was not used for the Album recording of the song.
Choreographers Jeffrey Daniel and Gregg Burge designed the dance moves based on West Side Story. The dance moves received a nomination for choreography at the MTV Video Music Awards Ceremony in 1988.
” Bad ” was a huge commercial success for Michael. In the United States the song entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart at number 8 reaching Number One on October 1987. It spent two weeks at the top and a total of 14 weeks on the chart there.
In the United Kingdom the song entered the UK chart on the 26th of September 1987 at number 5, a week later it moved up to number 3 where it stayed for 2 weeks.
It spent 4 weeks in the top ten and a total of 21 weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 1
UK Highest Chart Position: 3
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA) 4, Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 38, Canadian Adult Contemporary (RPM) 1, Canadian Digital Singles Chart (Billboard) 30, Canadian Top Singles (RPM) 5, Denmark (Tracklisten) 37, France (SNEP) 4, Germany (Official German Charts) 4, Hungary (MAHASZ) 5, Ireland (IRMA) 1, Italy (FIMI) 1, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 1, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 27, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 2, Norway (VG-lista) 1, South Africa (EMA) 1, Spain (AFYVE) 1, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 4, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 3
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