Beat It

FROM : Original track listing of the Thriller album (1982)

RELEASE DATE : November 30, 1982 (album version)

Released as a single on February 14, 1983

LENGHT : 4:18 (album version)

LABEL : Epic CBS Records (now Sony Music)

RECORDING DATES : April 14, 1982 to November 8, 1982.

STUDIOS : Westlake Recording Studios (Los Angeles, California)

SONGWRITER(S) : Rod Temperton

PRODUCER(S) : Quincy Jones

RECORDING ENGINEER : Bruce Swedien

LEAD VOCALS : Michael Jackson

BACKING VOCALS : Michael Jackson

MUSICIANS :

Michael Jackson – lead and backing vocals, drum case beater
Paul Jackson Jr. – rhythm guitar
Steve Lukather – lead guitar, bass guitar
Eddie Van Halen – guitar solo
Steve Porcaro – synthesizer, synthesizer programming
Greg Phillinganes – Rhodes, synthesizer
Bill Wolfer – keyboards
Tom Bahler – Synclavier
Jeff Porcaro – drums
Greg Smith – Synergy synthesizer

ALTERNATIVE VERSIONS*

*Worked by MJ during his lifetime. Covers and remixes by other artists are not included.

-Beat It (demo) : release posthumously on October 26, 2009 (Michael Jackson’s This Is It album)

LIVE PERFORMANCES BY MICHAEL JACKSON :

-Victory Tour 1984

-Bad World Tour : 1987-1989

-Dangerous World Tour : 1992-1993

-MTV Video Music Awards 1995 (as part of a medley)

-Michael Jackson and Friends (as part of a medley)

-History World Tour : 1996-1997

-30th Anniversary Celebration in 2001 but not performed.

-The song was rehearsed for the planned This Is It concerts in June 2009 and some footage appear in the “This Is It” movie released in 2009.

SHORT FILM :

Short film directed by Bob Giraldi

Date of shooting : March 9, 1983

Date of premiere : March 31, 1983

Official release : Released on DVD in 1995 (History), in 2003 (Number Ones) and in 2010 (Vision) and on Michael’ You Tube official page.

PEAK ON HOT 100 BILLBOARD : 1

DID YOU KNOW THAT?

-Shortly after its release, “Beat It” was included in the National Highway Safety Commission’s anti-drunk driving campaign, “Drinking and Driving Can Kill a Friendship”. The song was also included on the accompanying album. Jackson collected an award from President Ronald Reagan at the White House, in recognition for his support of the campaign. Reagan stated that Jackson was “proof of what a person can accomplish through a lifestyle free of alcohol or drug abuse. People young and old respect that. And if Americans follow his example, then we can face up to the problem of drinking and driving, and we can, in Michael’s words, ‘Beat It’.”

-In 1984, American parodist “Weird Al” Yankovic released his parody song “Eat It”. Yankovic recorded the song with Jackson’s permission. The song’s music video mocked the “Beat It” short film scene-for-scene, with Yankovic mimicking Jackson’s dance moves in a clumsy fashion. Jackson received royalties as Jackson was listed as co-writer of “Eat It”.

-For Thriller 25, Black Eyed Peas singer will.i.am remixed “Beat It”. The song, titled “Beat It 2008”, featured additional vocals by fellow Black Eyed Peas member Fergie. Upon its release in 2008, the song reached No. 26 in Switzerland, the top 50 in Sweden and No. 65 in Austria. This was the second remixed version of “Beat It” to get an official release, following “Moby’s Sub Mix” which was released on the “Jam” and “Who Is It” singles in 1992, as well as the “They Don’t Care About Us” single in 1996 (and re-released as part of the Visionary campaign.

Thriller

FROM : Original track listing of the Thriller album (1982)

RELEASE DATE : November 30, 1982 (album version)

Released November 5, 1983 (U.K.)
January 23, 1984 (U.S.)

LENGHT : 5:57 (album version)

LABEL : Epic CBS Records (now Sony Music)

RECORDING DATES : April 14, 1982 to November 8, 1982.

STUDIOS : Westlake Recording Studios (Los Angeles, California)

SONGWRITER(S) : Rod Temperton

PRODUCER(S) : Quincy Jones

RECORDING ENGINEER : Bruce Swedien

LEAD VOCALS : Michael Jackson

BACKING VOCALS : Michael Jackson

RAP : Vincent Price

MUSICIANS :
Michael Jackson: lead and background vocals, Linn LM-1 drum machine
Rod Temperton and Brian Banks: synthesizers
Greg Phillinganes: Roland Jupiter-8 synthesizer, Minimoog synth bass, Rhodes piano, pipe organ
Anthony Marinelli: synthesizer programming
David Williams: guitar
Jerry Hey, Gary Grant: trumpets, flugelhorns
Larry Williams: saxophone, flute
Bill Reichenbach: trombone
Vocal, rhythm and synthesizer arrangement by Rod Temperton
Horn arrangement by Jerry Hey
Effects by Bruce Cannon and Bruce Swedien

ALTERNATIVE VERSIONS*

*Worked by MJ during his lifetime. Covers and remixes by other artists are not included.

-Starlight : Temperton’s first version of Thriller was titled “Starlight”, with the chorus lyric: “Give me some starlight / Starlight sun”. Remains unreleased.

-Thriller (Video soundtrack version) : mix done for the short film. Remains unreleased.

-Vincent Price excerpt from Thriller Voice-Over Session” Temperton Jones 0:24 : released on Thriller 25 on February 8, 2008.

LIVE PERFORMANCES BY MICHAEL JACKSON :

-Bad World Tour : 1987-1989

-Dangerous World Tour : 1992-1993

-History World Tour : 1996-1997

-The song was rehearsed for Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration in 2001 but not performed.

-The song was rehearsed for the planned This Is It concerts in June 2009 and some footage appear in the “This Is It” movie released in 2009.

SHORT FILM :

Music video directed by John Landis

Date of shooting : October 11-20, 1983

Date of premiere : December 2, 1983

Official release : Released on VHS in 1983 (Making of Thriller), on DVD in 1995 (History), in 2003 (Number Ones) and in 2010 (Vision) and on Michael’ You Tube official page.

PEAK ON HOT 100 BILLBOARD : 4

DID YOU KNOW THAT?

“Thriller” was the final single released from the album. It was not initially planned for release, as Jackson’s record label, Epic, saw it as a novelty song; the Epic executive Walter Yetnikoff asked, “Who wants a single about monsters?”. By mid-1983, sales of Thriller began to decline. Jackson, who was “obsessive” about his sales figures, urged Yetnikoff and executive Larry Stessel to help conceive a plan to return the album to the top of the charts. Jackson’s manager Frank DiLeo suggested releasing “Thriller”, backed by a new music video.

Can You Remember

FROM : Original track listing of the “Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5” album

RELEASE DATE :  December 12, 1969 (album version)

LENGHT : 3:10 (album version)

LABEL : Motown Records

RECORDING DATES : July 10 & 15, 1969

STUDIOS : Hitsville U.S.A (Motown Recording Studio in Detroit, Michigan)

SONGWRITER(S) : Thom Bell, William Hart

PRODUCER(S) : Bobby Taylor

RECORDING ENGINEER :

LEAD VOCALS : Michael Jackson

BACKING VOCALS : Jackie Jackson, Tito Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Marlon Jackson, Michael Jackson.

MUSICIANS :

David Blumberg, David Van DePitte, Paul Riser, The Corporation – arrangements

ALTERNATIVE VERSIONS*

*Worked by MJ during his lifetime. Covers and remixes by other artists are not included.

LIVE PERFORMANCES BY MICHAEL JACKSON :

-October 18, 1969 : Diana Ross & The Supremes introduce the Jackson 5 on ABC’s Hollywwod Palace Special where they perform Sing A Simple Song, Can You Remember, I want You Back and There Was A Time (with Diana Ross & Sammy Davis Jr)

SHORT FILM : No short film

PEAK ON HOT 100 BILLBOARD : Not eligible

DID YOU KNOW THAT?

Can You Remember is cover from The Delfonics’s debut album “La La Means I Love You” released via Philly Groove Records on May 14, 1968.

I Want You Back

FROM : Original track listing of the “Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5” album

RELEASE DATE :  December 12, 1969 (album version)

October 6, 1969 (single version)

LENGHT : 2:59 (album version)

LABEL : Motown Records

RECORDING DATES : July-September 1969

STUDIOS : The Sound Factory, West Hollywood.

SONGWRITER(S) : The Corporation – (Berry GordyFreddie PerrenAlphonso MizellDeke Richards)

PRODUCER(S) : Bobby Taylor

RECORDING ENGINEER :

LEAD VOCALS : Michael Jackson

BACKING VOCALS : Jackie Jackson, Tito Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Marlon Jackson, Michael Jackson.

MUSICIANS :

Michael Jackson – lead vocals
Tito Jackson – vocals, backing vocals
Jackie Jackson – vocals, backing vocals
Jermaine Jackson – vocals, backing vocals
Marlon Jackson – vocals, backing vocals
Keith Washington – backing vocals
Ludie Washington – backing vocals
Fonce Mizell – piano
Freddie Perren – piano
Louis Shelton – guitar
David T. Walker – rhythm guitar
Wilton Felder – bass guitar
Don Peake – guitar
Gene Pello – drums
Clarence McDonald – keyboards
Joe Sample – piano
Sandra Crouch – tambourine
Unknown musician – bongos

Credits are adapted from Michael Jackson All The Songs and AllMusic.

ALTERNATIVE VERSIONS*

*Worked by MJ during his lifetime. Covers and remixes by other artists are not included.

-A different mix was used on the Hollywood Special on October 18, 1969.

-A different version with an introduction by Bill Cosby included in the Goin’ Back To Indiana album.

LIVE PERFORMANCES BY MICHAEL JACKSON :

-October 18, 1969 : Diana Ross & The Supremes introduce the Jackson 5 on ABC’s Hollywood Palace Special where they perform Sing A Simple Song, Can You Remember, I want You Back and There Was A Time (with Diana Ross & Sammy Davis Jr)

-December 14, 1969 : The Jackson 5 appear on The Ed Sullivan Show where they perform Stand, Who’s Loving You and I Want You Back. Diana Ross is in the audience and she takes credit for discovering them.

-Later, the group performs I Want You Back on the Joey Bishop Show.

-January 31, 1970 : The Jackson 5 perform I Want You Back on the Andy Williams Show.

-February 21, 1970 : The Jackson 5 perform I Want You Back, ABC and a medley of Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah/There Was A Time on American Bandstand hosted by Dick Clark.

-May 10, 1970 : The Jackson 5 perform I Want You Back/ABC/The Love You Save on the Ed Sullivan Show.

-November 14, 1971 : The Jackson 5 perform a medley of I Want You Back/ABC/The Love You Save, Never Can Say Goodbye + a skit on the Flip Wilson Show.

-November 4, 1972 : In the US, Soul Train Show airs a Jackson Five special where they perform I Want You Back, Lookin’ Through The Windows & Corner Of The Sky. Jermaine performs That’s How Love Goes & Daddy’s Home. Michael performs Ben.

-January 10, 1974 : One More Chance, a Jackson 5 TV Special is aired on CBS. The group performs Get It Together + a medley of I Want You Back/ABC/I’ll Be There/Ben/Daddy’s Home/Never Can Say Goodbye/The Love You Save and another medley Up a Lazy River/Opus One (with the Mills Brothers).

-April 10, 1974 : The Jackson 5 perform I Want You Back/ABC at the Sandy in Disneyland TV special.

-March 16, 1975 : The Jackson 5 appear on the Cher TV show.They are introduced by Janet and they perform I Am Love + a skit called The World Is a Mess and finally Cher joins the group to perform a medley of I Want You Back/I’ll Be There/Never Can Say Goodbye/The Love You Save/Dancing Machine.

-The song was performed during all the Jackson 5 concerts from 1970 to 1976

-The song was performed in July 1976 on The Jackson TV series on CBS.

-The song was performed during all the Jacksons concerts from 1976 to 1984 (The Jacksons Tour 1977, Goin Places Tour 1978, Destiny Tour 1979, Triumph Tour 1981, Victory Tour 1984).

-April 9 , 1983 : All the Jackson brothers (including Jermaine & Randy) rehearse and tape a medley of songs including “I Want You Back” of the Motown 25th Special at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium (aired on May 16, 1983).

-The song was performed during all Michael Jackson solo concerts from 1987 to 1997 (Bad Tour 1987-1989, Dangerous Tour 1992-1993, History Tour 1996-1997).

-The song was last performed live during Michael Jackson’s 30th anniversary celebration concerts on September 7 + 10, 2001 in New York City.

-The song was rehearsed for the planned This Is It concerts in June 2009 and some footage appear in the “This Is It” movie released in 2009.

SHORT FILM : No short film

PEAK ON HOT 100 BILLBOARD : 1

DID YOU KNOW THAT?

-Originally considered for Gladys Knight & the Pips and later for Diana Ross, as “I Wanna Be Free”, “I Want You Back” explores the theme of a lover who decides that he was too hasty in dropping his partner.

-The song has sold six million copies worldwide. In 1999, “I Want You Back” was also inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

-English girl group Cleopatra recorded a cover version of “I Want You Back” for their 1998 debut studio album, Comin’ Atcha!. It was released as the album’s third single on August 10, 1998, and received mixed reviews from music critics. “I Want You Back” became the group’s third and final top-five hit on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number four and staying on the chart for 11 weeks, making it their longest-charting single along with “Cleopatra’s Theme”.

The Girl Is Mine

FROM : Original track listing of the Thriller album (1982)

RELEASE DATE : October 18, 1982 (album version)

LENGHT : 3:42 (album version)

LABEL : Epic CBS Records (now Sony Music)

RECORDING DATES : April 14-16, 1982, 1982.

STUDIOS : Westlake Recording Studios (Los Angeles, California)

SONGWRITER(S) : Michael Jackson

PRODUCER(S) : Quincy Jones

RECORDING ENGINEER : Bruce Swedien

LEAD VOCALS : Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney

BACKING VOCALS : Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney

MUSICIANS :

Greg Phillinganes: Rhodes, synthesizer
David Foster, synthesizers
David Williams: guitar
Jerry Hey, Gary Grant: trumpets, flugelhorns
Louis Johnson, bass guitar
Dean Parks and Steve Lukather, guitar
Vocal arrangement by Rod Temperton
Jeff Porcaro, percussion
David Paich, piano

Rhythm arrangement by Quincy Jones and David Paich

ALTERNATIVE VERSIONS*

*Worked by MJ during his lifetime. Covers and remixes by other artists are not included.

The Girl Is Mine (tape recorder) : In 1981, MJ recorded the baseline of The Girl Is Mine on his tape recorder. This recording was played in public in December 1984 during a court hearing where musician Fred Sanford accused MJ of plagiarism. It remains unreleased.

The Girl Is Mine (demo) : solo demo recorded in 1982. It was released in 2008 on the third track of the maxi single “The Girl Is Mine (2008)”.

LIVE PERFORMANCES BY MICHAEL JACKSON :

The song was never performed live in public by Michael Jackson

SHORT FILM : No short film

PEAK ON HOT 100 BILLBOARD : 2

DID YOU KNOW THAT?

-“The Girl Is Mine” has been the subject of two plagiarism lawsuits. Both instances required Jackson to testify in court, and each lawsuit was decided in favor of the singer and his record label. The first legal trial occurred in 1984, with Fred Sanford claiming that Jackson had cut a tape of his song, “Please Love Me Now”. Jackson, however, insisted that he composed “The Girl Is Mine”. The $5 million copyright suit was closed after the jury of five men and a woman reached a verdict in favor of Jackson. Their verdict was reached after a three-day deliberation. Jackson was not a defendant in the trial but testified to maintain his credibility. James Klenk, Jackson’s attorney, praised the singer upon the jury’s verdict. “The man is a genius. He doesn’t need anyone else’s songs. His own words were the key.” During the court proceedings, Jackson revealed how he composes his songs. “I put them in a tape recorder and I orally sing them into the tape, and that’s how it happens.” One juror stated, “His presentation indicated that he was well able to develop his own songs.”

The song’s second plagiarism trial was in 1993. Reynaud Jones and Robert Smith alleged that “The Girl Is Mine”, along with “Thriller”—written by Rod Temperton—and “We Are the World”, resembled their musical works. The pair added that they had been childhood neighbors of the Jackson family when they had resided in Gary, Indiana. Jackson, Lionel Richie—co-writer of “We Are the World”—and Quincy Jones were named as the defendants. The plaintiffs asserted that Joseph Jackson had received a demo tape from them. From the tapes, the defendants were alleged to have stolen the three hit songs. Reynaud Jones also claimed that he had considered suing Jackson over “Billie Jean”. Jackson appeared in court via a taped testimony. Following the testimony, the nine-member jury found Jackson to be the writer and composer of “The Girl Is Mine” in early 1994. They also ruled that the defendants had not plagiarized “Thriller” or “We Are the World”.

-For Thriller 25, an album celebrating Thriller’s 25th anniversary, Black Eyed Peas singer will.i.am remixed “The Girl Is Mine”. Entitled “The Girl Is Mine 2008”, the remix features an original solo demo of the song by Jackson without McCartney. will.i.am added his own vocals and new verse. The song reached number 12 in New Zealand, 22 in France, in the top 50 of Denmark and Sweden, and number 51 in Switzerland.

Baby Be Mine

FROM : Original track listing of the Thriller album (1982)

RELEASE DATE : November 30, 1982 (album version)

LENGHT : 4:21 (album version)

LABEL : Epic CBS Records (now Sony Music)

RECORDING DATES : April 14, 1982 to November 8, 1982.

STUDIOS : Westlake Recording Studios (Los Angeles, California)

SONGWRITER(S) : Rod Temperton

PRODUCER(S) : Quincy Jones

RECORDING ENGINEER : Bruce Swedien

LEAD VOCALS : Michael Jackson

BACKING VOCALS : Michael Jackson

MUSICIANS :

Greg Phillinganes: Rhodes, synthesizer
Michael Boddicker and David Paich, synthesizers
David Williams: guitar
Jerry Hey, Gary Grant: trumpets, flugelhorns
Larry Williams: saxophone, flute
Bill Reichenbach: trombone
Vocal arrangement by Rod Temperton
Rhythm arrangement by Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones
Ndugu Chancler, drums

ALTERNATIVE VERSIONS*

*Worked by MJ during his lifetime. Covers and remixes by other artists are not included.

Baby Be Mine (demo) : demo recorded in 1982. Leaked online in 2008. Remains unreleased.

LIVE PERFORMANCES BY MICHAEL JACKSON :

The song was never performed live in public by Michael Jackson

SHORT FILM : No short film

PEAK ON HOT 100 BILLBOARD : Not eligible

DID YOU KNOW THAT?

Nobody

FROM : Original track listing of the “Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5” album

RELEASE DATE :  December 12, 1969 (album version)

LENGHT : 2:54 (album version)

LABEL : Motown Records

RECORDING DATES : August 1969

STUDIOS : Hitsville U.S.A (Motown Recording Studio in Detroit, Michigan)

SONGWRITER(S) : The Corporation (Berry Gordy, Alphonso Mizell, Freddie Perren and Deke Richards)

PRODUCER(S) : Bobby Taylor

RECORDING ENGINEER :

LEAD VOCALS : Michael Jackson

BACKING VOCALS : Jackie Jackson, Tito Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Marlon Jackson, Michael Jackson

MUSICIANS :

David Blumberg, David Van DePitte, Paul Riser, The Corporation – arrangements

ALTERNATIVE VERSIONS*

*Worked by MJ during his lifetime. Covers and remixes by other artists are not included

LIVE PERFORMANCES BY MICHAEL JACKSON :

The song was never performed live in public by Michael Jackson

SHORT FILM : No short film

PEAK ON HOT 100 BILLBOARD : Not eligible

DID YOU KNOW THAT?

-The song was featured on an episode of the Jackson Five cartoon series in 1971 titled “Groovaron”.

Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah

FROM : Original track listing of the “Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5” album

RELEASE DATE :  December 12, 1969 (album version)

LENGHT : 3:18 (album version)

LABEL : Motown Records

RECORDING DATES : May 1969

STUDIOS : Hitsville U.S.A (Motown Recording Studio in Detroit, Michigan)

SONGWRITER(S) : Ray Gilbert, Allie Wrubel

PRODUCER(S) : Bobby Taylor

RECORDING ENGINEER :

LEAD VOCALS : Michael Jackson

BACKING VOCALS : Jackie Jackson, Tito Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Marlon Jackson, Michael Jackson.

MUSICIANS :

David Blumberg, David Van DePitte, Paul Riser, The Corporation – arrangements

ALTERNATIVE VERSIONS*

*Worked by MJ during his lifetime. Covers and remixes by other artists are not included.

LIVE PERFORMANCES BY MICHAEL JACKSON :

-August 11, 1969 : The Jackson 5 J5 perform the song at the Daisy’s Disco 326 Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills for 300 guests invited by Motown including Berry Bordy.

-February 21, 1970 : The Jackson 5 perform “I Want You Back”, “ABC” and a medley of “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah/There Was A Time” on American Bandstand hosted by Dick Clark.

-The song was performed during the Jackson 5 first national tour during summer 1970 including on June 20, 1970 (concert at the Forum, Inglewood).

SHORT FILM : No short film

PEAK ON HOT 100 BILLBOARD : Not eligible

DID YOU KNOW THAT?

-Motown CEO Berry Gordy brought the group to Motown’s Hitsville U.S.A. studio in Detroit, Michigan, and assigned them to work with Bobby Taylor as their producer. Taylor, who had personally brought the Jacksons to Motown, began having Michael, Jermaine, Jackie, Tito and Marlon record cover versions of current and past soul compositions, including many in the Motown catalog. Over two dozen of these recordings were done, including covers of songs by the Temptations (“(I Know) I’m Losing You”, “Born to Love You”), Marvin Gaye (“Chained”), Stevie Wonder (“My Cherie Amour”), the Miracles (“Who’s Lovin’ You”), and the Four Tops (“Standing in the Shadows of Love”). Among the non-Motown covers done were versions of Sly & the Family Stone’s “Stand!”, the Delfonics’ “Can You Remember”, and “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” from the Walt Disney film Song of the South. The Jackson 5 also re-recorded “You’ve Changed”, a song they first recorded in 1967 which was released on the B side of their first local hit single Big Boy for the Steeltown label before joining the Motown roster.

-“Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” is a song composed by Allie Wrubel with lyrics by Ray Gilbert for the Disney 1946 live action and animated movie Song of the South, sung by James Baskett. For “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah”, the film won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and was the second Disney song to win this award, after “When You Wish upon a Star” from Pinocchio. In 2004, it finished at number 47 in AFI’s 100 Years…100 Songs, a survey of top tunes in American cinema.

Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’

FROM : Original track listing of the Thriller album (1982)

RELEASE DATE : November 30, 1982 (album version)

May 8, 1983 (single version)

LENGHT : 6:03 (album version)
4:15 (single version)

LABEL : Epic CBS Records (now Sony Music)

RECORDING DATES : April 14, 1982 to November 8, 1982.

STUDIOS : Westlake Recording Studios (Los Angeles, California)

SONGWRITER(S) : Michael Jackson

PRODUCER(S) : Quincy Jones & Michael Jackson (co.)

RECORDING ENGINEER : Bruce Swedien

LEAD VOCALS : Michael Jackson

BACKING VOCALS : Michael Jackson, Julia Waters, Maxine Waters, Oren Waters, James Ingram, Bunny Hull, Becky Lopez.

MUSICIANS :

Greg Phillinganes: Rhodes, synthesizer
Michael Boddicker and Bill Wolfer: synthesizers
David Williams: guitar
Louis Johnson: bass
Paulinho da Costa: percussion
Jerry Hey, Gary Grant: trumpets, flugelhorns
Larry Williams: saxophone, flute
Bill Reichenbach: trombone
Michael Jackson, Nelson Hayes and Steven Ray: bathroom stomp board
Vocal arrangement by Michael Jackson
Rhythm arrangement by Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones
Horn arrangement by Jerry Hey and Michael Jackson

ALTERNATIVE VERSIONS*

*Worked by MJ during his lifetime. Covers and remixes by other artists are not included.

Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ (demo) : demo recorded at Michael’s Hayvenhurst home recording studio in 1978. Leaked online & released posthumously in 2009 (This Is It).

Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ (12 extended mix) 6:30 (12″ version) released in 1983 as maxi singles.

Wanna Be Startin Somethin (2008) : Remix by Akon featuring new vocals by MJ recorded in November 2007 at the Palms Studios in Las Vegas and released on February 8, 2008 (Thriller 25 Special Edition).

LIVE PERFORMANCES BY MICHAEL JACKSON :

MJ performed the song at every concert on :

-Victory Tour 1984

-Bad World Tour 1987-1989

-Dangerous World Tour 1992-1993

-Royal Brunei Concert on July 16, 1996

-History World Tour 1996-1997

-The song was rehearsed for the planned This Is It concerts in June 2009 and some footage appear in the “This Is It” movie released in 2009.

SHORT FILM : No short film

PEAK ON HOT 100 BILLBOARD : 5

DID YOU KNOW THAT?

-Usher, Mya and Whitney Houston performed the song in front of MJ at the 30Th anniversary solo celebration at the Madison Square Garden in New York City on September 7, 2001. The performance was captured and televised.

-After Rihanna sampled the song in her 2007 hit single “Don’t Stop the Music”,she and MJ were both sued in February 2009 by Cameroonian musician Manu Dibango, who claimed that both songs stole the “mama-say mama-sa mama-coo-sa” hook from his 1972 single “Soul Makossa” without permission. According to Agence France-Presse, Jackson admitted earlier that he had borrowed the line for “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'” and had eventually settled financially with Dibango. However, when Rihanna asked only Jackson’s permission to sample the line in 2007, Jackson allegedly approved the request without contacting Dibango beforehand. Dibango’s attorneys brought the case before a court in Paris, demanding €500,000 in damages and for Sony BMG, EMI and Warner Music to be “barred from receiving ‘mama-say mama-sa’-related income until the matter is resolved”.Dibango lost the case in Paris, after it turned out that Universal Music had updated its database and added Dibango into the list of those credited for Rihanna’s song.