Black or White Michael Jackson
Song Title: Black or White
Artist: Michael Jackson
Date of release: November the 11th 1991
Description: ” Black or White ” is by Michael Jackson ( Michael Joseph Jackson ), the American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer and actor.
The song was written and produced by Michael Jackson and Bill Bottrell ( William A. “Bill” Bottrell ). Bill Bottrell is a Grammy Award-winning producer who has worked with the likes of Madonna, Electric Light Orchestra and Sheryl Crow.
” Black or White ” was released on the 11th of November 1991 by record label Epic Records and taken as the first single from Michael’s eighth Album ” Dangerous “.
The song focuses on the subject of racism and equality. Lyrically the song is saying that whatever colour a person is they are still human and should not be judged on the colour of their skin.
After the song was released some people made assumptions about the guitar riff used in the song. It was widely touted that Slash from guns ‘ n Roses was responsible, however in an interview with CNN Slash said ” I never played on (Black Or White’). If you listen to (the hook), that’s gay. I’d never play that. I played on ‘Give in to Me’ (also on Dangerous ) and in the ‘Black and White’ video, when Macaulay Culkin was trashing around, that’s me playing “.
Another question that arose when the song came out was the identity of the rapper. In the video the rap sequence is rapped by the then 11-year-old Macaulay Culkin, in fact the rapping was done by co-writer Bill Bottrell with Macaulay Culkin lip-syncing.
The video that accompanied ” Black or White ” was directed by John Landis, John had previously directed ” Thriller ” for michael. The video stars George Wendt and Tess Harper as the parents.
The music video was first shown on MTV, BET, VH1, and Fox on November the 24th 1991, it was to be Fox’s highest Nielsen ratings ever. the video had a premier in 27 countries simultaneously, giving it a Worldwide audience of some 500 Million, the highest number for a music video ever.
Special effects in the video was created by Pacific Data Images, the technique used to merge faces into one another is known a morphing. The special effect had been used in the films Willow and Terminator 2.
The end of the song shows different races and nationalities morphing into one another, known as ” talking heads “, these included actor Glen Chin, model Tyra Banks, actress Khrystyne Haje and actor Jeffrey Anderson-Gunter.
” Black or White ” was a commercial success for Michael. It entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 35, after three weeks the song had climbed to number three and then on to Number One. The song spent 7 weeks at Number One and a total of 20 weeks on the chart. It was to be the fastest chart topping single since the Beatles ” Get back “.
In the United Kingdom the song entered the chart on the 23rd of November 1991 at Number One and spent 2 weeks at the top. It spent 5 weeks in the top ten and a total of 18 weeks on the chat. ” Black or White ” was the first single by an American artist to enter the UK chart at Number One since 1960 when Elvis Presley achieved it with ” It’s now or never “.
Michael took the song to Number One in 20 countries, including US, UK, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Turkey, Zimbabwe, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 1
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA) 1, Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 2, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 1, Canadian RPM Top Singles 1, Cuba Singles Chart 1, Denmark (Tracklisten) 1, Eurochart Hot 100 Singles 1, Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 1, France (SNEP) 1, Germany (Official German Charts) 2, Irish Singles Chart 1, Israel Singles Chart 1, Italy (FIMI) 1, Mexico (Mexican Airplay) 1, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 3, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 2, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 1, Norway (VG-lista) 1, Spain (AFYVE) 1, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 1, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 1, Turkish Singles Chart 1
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