Michael Jackson - Billie Jean


Billie Jean est une chanson de Michael Jackson parue sur l'album Thriller en 1982, puis sortie sur un 'single' en janvier 1983. Cette chanson fut un succès commercial, restant sept semaines d'affilée en tête du Billboard Hot 100 et neuf semaines en tête du classement R&B. Billie Jean fut sacrée 58e meilleure chanson de tous les temps par le magazine Rolling Stone. Le single est ressorti en juillet 2009 en version numérique appelée Digital 45 identique au 45 tours sorti en 1983, disponible sur les plates-formes de téléchargement.

C'est une chanson que Michael avait commencé à écrire un an avant le début de la session d'enregistrement. Lorsque Quincy Jones et Michael ont écouté la première version de l'album, ils n'étaient pas satisfaits, ils conservaient l'idée qu'il y manquait quelque chose. Dès lors Michael va travailler pendant plusieurs jours sur cette chanson avec Louis Johnson, afin de trouver ce qui sera la signature de Billie Jean : la ligne de basse. Michael décide de faire une introduction de 28 secondes mais cela déplait à Quincy qui raconte « Je disais à Michael qu'il fallait couper cette intro, car elle n'était pas particulièrement travaillée, et Michael me répondit : "Mais c'est ça qui me donne envie de danser". J'ai regardé les techniciens et nous avions tous compris que Michael avait raison ; C'est l'intro qui donne envie aux gens de danser sur Billie Jean. » À l'origine le titre de "Billie Jean" devait être "Not my lover" car Quincy Jones avait peur que les gens pensent à la joueuse de tennis Billie Jean King.

Dans les paroles, Michael nous parle d'une fille qui prétend qu'il est le père de son enfant et il plaide son innocence « the kid is not my son ». Il n'y a jamais eu de vraie Billie Jean, mais c'est une image de toutes les filles qui leur ont « empoisonné » la vie à lui et ses frères pendant des années, comme il le dit lui-même.

Peu de temps après la sortie de cette chanson, une chanteuse canadienne, Lydia Murdock (en), avait réagi avec la chanson-réponse Superstar6 (qui raconte l'histoire vue du point de vue de la groupie, Billie Jean) et le groupe d'italo disco Clubhouse sortait son Do It Again, un morceau basé sur des échantillons de Do It Again de Steely Dan et sur la musique de Billie Jean, classé no 1 au Billboard dans le Hot Dance Club Play et repris en 1991 par Slingshot, un groupe de Détroit.

Le clip de Billie Jean est sans doute l'un des plus connus de Michael Jackson avec Thriller et Black or White. On peut remarquer que le sujet de la chanson (une fille qui affirme que Michael est le père de son enfant) et du clip (un criminel recherché qui recherche Michael) sont différentes. L'une des scènes les plus connues du clip est celle dans laquelle Michael marche sur une route et les dalles sur lesquelles Michael pose le pied s'illuminent (comme tous les objets que touche Michael dans le clip). Ce clip ainsi que ceux de Thriller et de They Don't Care About Us ont été visionnés plus de 100 000 000 de fois chacun sur Youtube.





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""Billie Jean"" was the first short film made for 'Thriller,' the biggest-selling album of all time. The short film for this No. 1 single, directed by Steve Barron, made history as the first video by a black artist to receive heavy rotation on MTV, and was later ranked by the network as one of the 100 greatest music videos of all time.

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Written & Composed by Michael Jackson
Produced by Quincy Jones for Quincy Jones Productions
Co-Produced by Michael Jackson for MJJ Productions, Inc.
From the album Thriller, released November 30, 1982
Released as a single January 2, 1983

THE SHORT FILM
Director: Steve Barron
Primary Production Location: Los Angeles, California

Michael Jackson's short film for ""Billie Jean"" was the first of three short films produced for recordings from Thriller, which continues its reign as the biggest selling album of all time with worldwide sales in excess of 105 million as of June 1, 2016 and in December, 2015 became the first ever album to be awarded triple diamond status by the RIAA for US sales alone. The ""Billie Jean"" single reached No. 1 in 10 countries in the spring of 1983, including seven consecutive weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 - becoming the second-highest selling single in America that same year.

""Billie Jean"" was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America on April 4, 1983, and Platinum on February 4, 1989. The song won two Grammy Awards for Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance - Male, as well as an American Music Award for Favorite Single - Pop/Rock and was also named the Single of the Year on The Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics' poll in 1983.

The short film featured a paparazzo attempting to photograph Jackson as he danced through an urban landscape. A specially created set featured steps and sidewalk tiles that lit up underneath Michael's feet. It is here that fans first saw some of Michael's best-known dance moves, such as spinning and landing on his toes. Many of Michael's steps and mannerisms in the video would become forever associated with The King of Pop.

""[W]hen the chorus hit.he sprung into this dance that was unlike anything I'd ever seen,"" director Steve Barron recounted of Jackson's choreography in the video. ""It was just extraordinary, instinctive. He pulled it all together and turned it into what we saw.The camera literally steamed up, the eyepiece steamed up, because of my heat from what I was seeing."" Barron also recalled the crew breaking into spontaneous applause after Michael finished dancing.

The ""Billie Jean"" short film made history as the first video by a black artist to be played in heavy rotation on MTV, then in its second year. In 1992, the short film was inducted into the Music Video Producers Hall of Fame. MTV ranked ""Billie Jean"" as the 35th greatest music video of all time in 1999, one of three entries of Jackson's on the chart alongside ""Thriller"" and ""Beat It.""

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