Beat It Michael Jackson
Song Title: Beat It
Artist: Michael Jackson
Date of release: 14th of Febuary 1983
Description: ” Beat It ” 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, also known as just ” Q ”, has over 60 years in the music business. He has 79 Grammy nominations and 28 Grammys for his work with a variety of artists across the music spectrum, winning the Grammy Legend Award in 1991.
Quincy produced the award-winning and biggest selling Album of all time, Thriller, which has sold over 110 Million copies Worldwide.
” Beat It ” was released on the 14th of February 1983 by record label Epic ( Sony Music Entertainment ) and taken as the third single from Michael’s sixth Album Thriller.
The single is homage to West Side Story, the musical based on the book by Arthur Laurents. The film’s story is based on William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet.
The anti-gang-violence song was Michael’s first cross over piece than enjoyed success. Michael later said of the song ” the point is no one has to be the tough guy, you can walk away from a fight and still be a man. You don’t have to die to prove you’re a man”.
Although the song is rock inspired, previously Michael had shown very little interest in that type of music.It was producer Quincy who had wanted to have a rock and roll song on the Album similar to the 1979 billboard Hot 100 Number One ” My Sharona ” by the Knack.
The synthesizer notes played at the beginning of the song were played on the Synclavier digital synthesizer, with Tom Bahler receiving credit for the opening.
It was taken from a demo LP called ” The Incredible Sounds of Synclavier II “, which had been first published in 1981 by Denny Jaeger Creative Services, Inc and re-released in 1982. The LP was sold by the makers of the Synclavier, New England Digital.
In 2009 during an interview with MusicRadar, Bruce Swedien, who was working as an audio engineer on the Thriller Album, said they were unsure about using the exact note sequence from the LP ” We liked it but we wanted everything to be unrecognizable, unique, so we didn’t want to use that sound, ” he told the website MusicRadar in 2009. “ But Michael loved it and made us keep it ”. Denny Jaeger was later hired by Michael to work on “ Dirty Diana ” and “ Smooth Criminal ”.
Along with the distinctive sound of the Synclavier digital synthesizer, there is a guitar solo. Van Halen’s lead guitarist Eddie Van Halen was asked to perform the solo. The rock band are best known for their Billboard Hot 100 Number One ” Jump “.
When he was first contacted by Quincy, Eddie Van Halen thought he was the subject of a prank call, however once he realised the call was genuine he performed the guitar solo free of charge, saying later that it was a favor.
The accompanying music video was directed by Bob Giraldi, the award-winning American film and television director. CBS refused to finance the video so Michael financed it himself at a cost of $150,000.
It was filmed on location in Skid Row, Los Angeles. Skid Row, also known as ” skid road “, is a term that is thought to originated in Seattle, US. It refers to an area of a city where people without money or anything to do would live, people who are ” on the skids “.
Two actual rival gangs were used during filming, Crips and Bloods, both rival Los Angeles street gangs. The idea was to give the video a feel of authenticity and bring peace between the rivals. Along with roughly 80 members of the gangs, the video also features 18 professional dancers and four breakdancers.
With Michael as the lead role, the video also features cast members Michael DeLorenzo, Stoney Jackson, Tracii Guns, Tony Fields, Peter Tramm, Rick Stone and Cheryl Song.
” Beat It ” was a commercial success for Michael. In the United states the song reached Number One on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and spent 3 weeks at the top.
The song spent a total of 25 weeks on the chart there.
In the United Kingdom the song entered the UK chart on the 9th of April 1983 and reached a peak position of number 3. It spent 4 weeks in the top ten and a total of 22 weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: 1
UK Highest Chart Position: 3
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (Kent Music Report) 2, Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 6, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 1, Canada (CHUM) 2, Canada Top Singles (RPM) 1, Europe (Eurochart Hot 100) 1, France (IFOP) 2, Germany (Official German Charts) 2, Ireland (IRMA) 2, Italy (FIMI) 16, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 1, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 1, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 1, Norway (VG-lista) 8, South Africa (Springbok Radio) 8, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 19, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 2
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