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3 января 2013 года Билли Джин исполнилось 30 лет

3 января 2013 года Билли Джин исполнилось 30 лет

#1  Сообщение Admin » 04 янв 2013, 16:16

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‘Billie Jean’: Michael Jackson’s landmark single turns 30

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“It is hard to say if there is a greater song than “Billie Jean.” I think there will never be a song like this one again, with this bassline, with this kind of effect, this eternalness, this perfection” — Pharrell Williams

“Billie Jean,” arguably the most popular and celebrated track of the late Michael Jackson’s entire career, turned 30 years old today.

The story behind the making of the song is almost as memorable as the thumping dance track itself.

The paranoid lyrics, in which the King of Pop denies allegations of paternity to an unidentified child, were allegedly inspired by a real life crazed fan of Jackson’s, who actually allegedly claimed he’d fathered one of her twins.

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Jackson himself has also alluded to his older brothers’ run ins with groupies during his Jackson Five days as a source he drew from when composing the song.

“Billie Jean is kind of anonymous. It represents a lot of girls. They used to call them groupies in the ’60s,” he said in a 1996 interview. “They would hang around backstage doors, and any band that would come to town they would have a relationship with, and I think I wrote this out of experience with my brothers when I was little. There were a lot of Billie Jeans out there. Every girl claimed that their son was related to one of my brothers.”

Producer Quincy Jones nearly rejected the now iconic song for the blockbuster 1982 album Thriller. He reportedly wasn’t a fan of its celebrated bassline or its intro. Jones also apparently wanted to nix the song’s title, for fear that audiences would think it was a reference to tennis great Billie Jean King. MJ fans today take heart that he was overruled by the King of Pop on every front.

The single hit number one on the Billboard charts and stayed there for 7 weeks. It also spawned a classic music video largely credited for breaking an unofficial color barrier on MTV. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the song led to Jackson’s most famous performance of “the moonwalk” on a Motown 25th anniversary special.

Today, “Billie Jean” is still a ubiquitous presence on dance floors around the country; its pure pop perfection has not been diluted at all in 30 years.



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#3  Сообщение Admin » 14 мар 2013, 15:06

How the 'Billie Jean' Video Changed MTV
Way back when, MTV didn't embrace black pop music. Exactly 30 years ago, that stopped being an option.
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"Billie Jean," who was not Michael Jackson's lover, is turning 30 -- or at least her video is, and it's an important anniversary in the evolution of both black music's visual expression and America's iconic music network. On March 10, 1983, MTV played "Billie Jean" for the first time and forever changed the course of its music programming in the process.

"MTV's playlist was 99 percent white until Michael Jackson forced his way on the air by making the best music videos anyone had ever seen," Rob Tannenbaum, co-author of I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution, told The Root. "Compared to Michael, MTV staples like REO Speedwagon and Journey suddenly looked even more boring. And when Michael's videos created higher ratings for MTV, network executives claimed they'd 'learned a lesson' and tentatively embraced the softer side of black pop music, especially Lionel Richie."

Tannenbaum's book, an oral history featuring artists, label executives and MTV executives, recounts the frequently cited story that CBS Records president Walter Yetnikoff threatened to pull his artists from MTV if "Billie Jean" wasn't put in rotation.

"Now they say they played 'Billie Jean' because they loved it. How plausible is it that they 'loved it'? Their playlist had no black artists on it," Yetnikoff scoffs in the book. "Michael Jackson was black. So what is this bullsh-t that they loved it?"


The threats from Jackson's studio exec paid off, both for Jackson and his black contemporaries. "Yetnikoff fought for Michael and this music video to be played on MTV, and once the video was in rotation everyone understood why," said DJ Dave Paul, who is bringing his San Francisco-based club night, "The Prince and Michael Experience," to Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and even the tony towns of Martha's Vineyard, Mass., and Cape Cod, Mass., over the next few months. "It would have probably taken another two to three years, in my opinion, for MTV to [fully] integrate black artists without the success of 'Billie Jean.' "

The message about the crossover appeal of black music didn't fully sink in.

"Many of those same [MTV] executives had to learn the same lesson again about five years later: They thought rap videos would alienate their viewers, whom they described internally as 'white, suburban, male, affluent,' " said Tannenbaum. "They put an episode of Yo! MTV Raps on the air as an experiment, well after midnight, and as with Michael Jackson's videos, the ratings were phenomenal and resulted in a significant programming change."

It's important to note that MTV's embrace of "Billie Jean" wasn't just a cultural breakthrough. The music channel might not exist today had it not changed its tune on black music.

"It's not enough to say the Thriller videos forced MTV to integrate," Tannenbaum insisted. "Michael Jackson helped save the network from being shut down. MTV executives had expected to lose $10 million before they showed a profit. The network quickly lost $50 million, and its parent company was prepared to shut down MTV and call it quits. Jackson's three Thriller videos came out in 1983. In the first three months of 1984, MTV had their first quarterly profit. Ironically, MTV was rescued from failure by a musician who didn't fit the channel's original 'rock 'n' roll-only' format."

Since Jackson's magical steps lit up 30 years ago, black music videos have grown to the point where a few generalizations to describe them would never suffice to really capture it all. There have been significant strides in filmmaking quality due to technological advances and a wider palette of thought when it comes to conceptualizing what a video can be. And, of course, the flip side is that there have also been major setbacks in expressing misogyny, violence and negative stereotypes to a wide and increasingly more impressionable audience, as countless YouTube videos of young children dancing to and reciting profane rap lyrics might attest.

But the fact that there is a balance to strike in these videos at all can be attributed to this one big breakthrough, a pivotal moment in music history as a whole.

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Pop Rewind: Michael Jackson “Billie Jean”

#4  Сообщение MagicalLove » 23 фев 2014, 20:35

Pop Rewind: Michael Jackson “Billie Jean”

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February 22, 2014 by Tim Ferrar From a music history standpoint, Michael Jackson really had two careers: a child singing star who stole the spotlight among his brothers early on as part of the Jackson 5; and his emergence as the “King of Pop” in the 1980s. This week’s rewind, “Billie Jean,” the second single from 1982’s breakthrough album Thriller, is one of the songs that helped propel Jackson’s second career into megastardom.
Ironically, “Billie Jean” almost didn’t make the track list for Thriller, as producer Quincy Jones didn’t feel the song was strong enough (proving that even Quincy Jones can make a mistake). Nevertheless, it seemed the song was destined to be a game-changer in the pop scene. Audio engineer Bruce Swedien reportedly mixed the song a whopping 91 times attempting to heed Jones’ instructions to create a never-before-heard drum sound. And even after becoming a worldwide hit, “Billie Jean” became a ground-breaker in another way, as Jackson used it to unveil his signature “moonwalk” dance move on national television. Appearing on the 1983 TV special Motown 25: Yesterday, Today and Forever, Jackson broke out the move only twice during his performance—a few seconds’ worth of television footage—but those few seconds launched a global phenomenon as millions of young people began attempting to copy the move.
Today, “Billie Jean” remains one of the best-selling singles of all time, and the Motown 25 performance has made many lists as of the all-time most powerful moments in television history. Below is the official video for “Billie Jean,” along with Jackson’s appearance on Motown 25. Enjoy!





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No matter how many times you hear it, Billy Jean always draws you in. It is a captivating song by the master. Michael Jackson was pure genius. There will never be another.


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Re: 3 января 2013 года Билли Джин исполнилось 30 лет

#5  Сообщение MagicalLove » 11 дек 2014, 17:06

‘The camera literally steamed up’ – how I made the video for MJ’s Billie Jean / " Камера буквально запотевала" - как я сделал клип на песню Билли Джин



By Rupert Hawksley

Producer and director Steve Barron tells the inside story of one of the most influential music videos of all time

Steve Barron is responsible for some of t he most iconic music videos ever made. The roll call of artists he worked with in the Eighties is impressive: A-ha; David Bowie; Fleetwood Mac; The Human League; Madonna. Top of that list, however, sits Michael Jackson. Here, Barron tells the inside story of how the video for Jackson’s 1982 hit, Billie Jean, was made.

THE OFFER

‘By this stage [1982], I had done 15-20 music videos, including the one that was number one in the UK at the time: The Human League’s Don’t You Want Me. Michael Jackson’s name wasn’t on everyone’s lips. Remember that this is a few months before Thriller came out. There was, of course, a magic in Michael Jackson ringing you up, but in a way I was more excited about Human League. My wife was really pregnant with my first child at the time and my initial reaction was, ‘Oh, I don’t think I’m going to be able to do that.’ It wasn’t a case of, ‘we’ve got to do that.’ It was my wife who persuaded me.’

THE BRIEF

‘Michael Jackson’s manager said that Michael wanted the video to be magical, that he’d [Michael] seen Don’t You Want Me, and he liked the cinematic look and that whole vibe. Michael wanted this to be a piece of a film, as opposed to a music video with a story.’

THE BUDGET

‘$50,000. It was double the budget that I’d ever been asked to work with before. To put that in perspective, though, when Beat It was shot five weeks later, the budget was $300,000. And when they shot Thriller, it was $2 million. So, in the space of three months, the Billie Jean budget had become minute.’

THE INSPIRATION

‘I’d come up with the idea [for Billie Jean] based on an idea that I’d had for a previous video for Joan Armatrading: the Midas Touch thing. So the plan was that everywhere Michael went, everything would glow and turn to gold in the light. I wrote the concept down in a fax and we faxed Michael this page and a half of content and they said, ‘Michael really likes it, he really wants it to feel like a Peter Pan thing’. So, it was a case of, ‘yes, you’re on, come and do it, we like the concept.”

THE FILM

‘We used 16mm film. The reason we didn’t use 35mm – I’d just shot Don’t You Want Me on 35mm – is that there wasn’t enough in the budget.’

MEETING MICHAEL

‘He was sweet, super quiet, super soft, and really inquisitive about the plans for the video and then later, he wanted to know more about me.’

BEFORE THE SHOOT

‘I’d got a really good friend of mine to do the storyboards, and I sat down with Michael and showed him the frames and there were two blank frames in the chorus because the manager had said that he might be doing some dancing. He explained that Michael had been practising in front of the mirror.

I talked Michael through the idea of this private eye following him, which was loosely based on what he had told me was the basic concept for the song – something he’d read in a newspaper about a private detective.’

Steve Barron on the set of Billie Jean with the private detective

MICHAEL’S MOMENT OF GENIUS

‘So, we ran through it with him, scene by scene. And when it came to the scene with the camera store, with the cameras all firing off, triggering his energy, triggering the Midas Touch again, Michael said he had this idea. ‘What about if one of the other stores in the street is a tailor shop with some mannequins in the window. When I go past it, before or after the camera store, how about the mannequins come to life, and they jump out behind me and they dance with me?’ I absolutely loved it, I thought it was an amazing concept, it enhanced everything. It was right on concept, right on story and just a genius idea.

After that meeting I got onto my producer and said, ‘Michael has come up with a great idea. We need to change that store, the third one along or whatever, we need to get some mannequins in, get some dancers in, do rehearsals. We need to get a choreographer, a costume designer, and I need a couple of hours more to shoot this in a certain way, because this will be after the first dance.’

My producer worked out that this would cost $5,000 dollars more and CBS [Michael Jackson's record label] said no. They said, ‘No, we’re not paying you a penny more, we’ve told you, you’ve got $50,000 dollars and that’s it.”

READ MORE: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/musi ... -Jean.html

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