Billie Jean Michael Jackson
Song Title: Billie Jean
Artist: Michael Jackson
Date of release: January 2, 1983
Description: ” Billie Jean ” is by Michael Jackson, the American singer. Written by Michael Jackson and produced by both Michael and Quincy Jones, the American record producer.
The song was taken as the second single from michael’s sixth solo Album ” Thriller ” released in 1982. The lyrics to the song have caused speculation as to the true meaning over the years.
Some claim they are taken from a real life experience in which Michael or one of his brothers had fathered a child of a fan. This accusation was dismissed by Michael himself as he pointed out at the time the lyrics for ” Billie Jean ” were actually about groupies he’d met over the years.
The video that was made for the song is widely considered to have made MTV , which at the time a small unknown music channel. The video for ” Billie Jean ” was one of the first by a black artist to be shown regularly on the MTV network.
In the beginning MTV refused to air the video, the president of Michael’s record label threatened to pull all videos from the station and go public about their refusal to play music by a black artist.
They relented and played the video for ” Billie Jean ” and the video went on to capture the imagination of the public. Sales of the Album ” Thriller ” increased by 10 million as a result.
The Album ” Thriller ” was released in December 1982 and gained both critical praise and sales. In the following January ” Billie Jean ” was released as the second single from the Album.
In the United states the song entered the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and climbed to number 1 where it stayed for 7 weeks. After the run at number 1 the song slipped down to number 5 where it stayed inside the top 10 for 11 weeks.
Michael also found success with ” Billie Jean ” in the United Kingdom. There the song reached the number 1 slot for one week and spent 7 weeks inside the top 10. In total the song spent 33 weeks on the chart.
Along with a number 1 single in the UK, Michael also held the number 1 on the Album chart with ” Thriller ” in the same week. This feat was achieved in the US at the same time, something very few acts have managed to do.
” Billie Jean ” was to end 1983 as being the 3rd best-selling single in the US and the 9th in the UK.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 1
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (Kent Music Report) 1, Austria (Austria Top 40) 2, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 1, Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders) 1, Canada Top Singles (RPM) 1, Europe (Eurochart Hot 100) 1, Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 3, France (IFOP) 1, Germany (Official German Charts) 2, Ireland (IRMA) 1, Italy (FIMI) 1, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 2, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 4, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 2, Norway (VG-lista) 6, Poland (LP3) 3, South Africa (Springbok Radio) 2, Spain (AFYVE) 1, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 2, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 1
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