” You Are Not Alone ” is by Michael Jackson, the American singer and songwriter. The song was written by the American recording artist and songwriter R.Kelly ( Robert Sylvester Kelly ).
The song was released from the record label Epic in 1995 and taken as the second single from the album, HIStory.
Originally the song was written by R.Kelly when he was going through difficulty with his personal life after losing people close to him, he made a demo and sent it to Michael.
Upon hearing it, Michael liked what he heard and decided he should record it with R.Kelly. The song was deeply personal for R.Kelly, but Michael also felt the song was right for him as he was too having difficulties with his own life. They both headed to the studios at the Chicago Recording Company ( CRC ) in Chicago to lay down the R&B ballad, Micheal asked R.Kelly to provide the backing vocals.
Although Michael liked ” You Are Not Alone ” the moment he heard the demo, he still insisted on listening to it twice before a decision was made. Once his mind was made up he then worked with R.Kelly on the track; the demo was a bit raw, so Michael added a choir along with structure to the finished song.
Once released ” You Are Not Alone ” was liked by music critics, Rolling Stone’s James Hunter called the song a ” first-rate R&B ballad “.
Jon Pareles of The New York Times made the comparison to “Hero” by Mariah Carey. He also noted he thought it “sounds like a surefire hit”. Sure enough, ” You Are Not Alone ” did become a massive Worldwide hit single for Michael and remains one of his best-selling singles of his career.
In the United States, the song entered the Billboard Hot 100 Chart at Number One, ” You Are Not Alone ” was to be the first song EVER to go straight in at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, Michael holds the Guinness World Record for this achievement.
The song sold 120,000 copies in the first week alone, The Recording Industry Association of America ( RIAA ) awarded the song Platinum status for sales exceeding one million copies in the US.
Outside of the United States, the song reached Number One on charts in Wallonia, France, New Zealand, Spain and Switzerland. Canada didn’t provide Michael with a chart-topper, there the song reached number two.
In the United Kingdom, ” You Are Not Alone ” entered the UK chart at number three and a week later reached the top slot for two weeks. The song stayed in the top ten for nine weeks and spent a total of twenty-three weeks on the chart.
” You Are Not Alone ” was to be Michael’s 13th chart-topping single and the last time he would reach the top spot in the United States.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 1
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA) 7, Austria (Austria Top 40) 2, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 3, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) 1, Canada Top Singles (RPM) 2, Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 10, France (SNEP) 1, Germany (Official German Charts) 4, Ireland (IRMA) 1, Italy (FIMI) 5, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 6, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 1, Norway (VG-lista) 9, Romania (Romanian Top 100) 1, Spain (PROMUSICAE) 1, Sweden Sverigetopplistan) 2, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 1
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