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    Default Re: 30 Cool Facts You Didn't Know About 'Billie Jean'

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    Default Re: 30 Cool Facts You Didn't Know About 'Billie Jean'

    Radio Host Big Boy Meets MJ in January 2008, at the Palms Hotel, invited by Michael Jackson, to listen to Michael's new music that Michael recorded for "Thriller 25." Have a listen'!





    In honor of Thriller 25, here is "Billie Jean"!


    Billie Jean 2008 - Michael Jackson (Feat. Kanye West)

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    Default Re: 30 Cool Facts You Didn't Know About 'Billie Jean'

    Quote Originally Posted by analogue View Post
    Billie Jean's intro sounding similar to I Can't Go for That by Hall and Oates is no big deal. Lots of songs sound similar to one another. A few examples i can think of is Stevie Wonder's Part Time Lover sounding like Hall And Oates Maneater and 1999 by Prince sounds similar to Susudio by Phil Collins

    ''Not everything is 100% original'' - Billy Ocean
    I was listening this song in my car radio today, sounds familiar if you take off the singing

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    Bubs I hear it and you know I am no music expert. It seems that beat is really very generic. How many songs can we find with it? It would be even more hilarious if we could find it earlier than the Hall & Oats one. Now by the author's ^^ logic, this song you just posted should be a number 1 and change pop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AliCat View Post
    Thanks to heavy airplay on urban contemporary radio stations, "I Can't Go for That" also topped the U.S. R&B chart, a rare feat for a non-African American act. According to the Hall and Oates biography, Hall, upon learning that "I Can't Go For That" had gone to number one on the R&B chart, wrote in his diary, "I'm the head soul brother in the U.S. Where to now?"
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Can't...at_(No_Can_Do)

    How Hall & Oates Saved Pop Music

    JOHN HUDSON 10,833 ViewsAUG 31, 2012
    If "Billie Jean" is the cornerstone track of Michael Jackson's 1982 album Thriller, and Thriller is the album that saved pop music, then Hall & Oates, in some not-insignificant way, rescued pop music in the early 1980s, at least according to The New York Times Magazine's Rob Hoeburger. This much will be clear when you read Hoeburger's revisionist history of Thriller (it turns 30 this year) in the Magazine's Riff column. It's an interesting look at how the musical aesthetic of Thriller cut through “the ruins of punk and the chic regions of synthesizer pop” at the time and revitalized the music industry. According to Hoeburger, the key moment was when Jackson heard Hall & Oates' 1981 single "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do) and borrowed its baseline for "Billie Jean." Per Hoeburger:

    Of course, in the end, “Thriller” had several money tracks. There were four solid cornerposts: a blistering rock song (“Beat It”); a sublime ballad (“Human Nature”); an R&B dance sizzler (“Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ ”); and a video-friendly story song (“Thriller”). And at the center of it all, connecting the entire work and providing access routes to its outer regions, was a song whose musical basis came from the lone bastion of hope on pop radio in those dark days, Daryl Hall and John Oates. Their solid amalgams of pop, soul, rock and even light electronica had been breaking through the dross for a few years. In January, their “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)” logged a week at No. 1 ... Jackson liked “I Can’t Go for That” and heard in it the basis for his own album’s elusive unifier. He lifted its bass line for a song that made him want to dance. (And no wonder; that bass line was itself an echo of ’60s soul.) He could hear it. He could see it. That track was “Billie Jean.” It was one of the last songs completed for “Thriller” — it was reportedly mixed 91 times — and even though Quincy Jones fought Jackson about its inclusion, Jackson insisted. By early November, he was finally satisfied, and the album was rush-released into stores at the end of the month.
    We can sort of hear what he means: Both songs have that steady thumping baseline that drive the melody, and Jackson has certainly copped to this in the past. But It's certainly nowhere near Vanilla Ice-David Bowie caliber theft. Still, you be the judge: http://www.theatlanticwire.com/enter...p-music/56426/
    Oh yeah thanks for that....my google was broken...

    How does that refute what I said about Michael recording demos of Billie Jean before the Hall & Oates song was even released?

    It in no way relates to what I said in my post and is just the same thing that has been said over and over again in this thread. I guess the theory is that if you copy and paste a large essay then there will surely be something in there that will prove me wrong, even without looking.


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    Default Re: 30 Cool Facts You Didn't Know About 'Billie Jean'

    Please ignore this. Double posted.


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    Default Re: 30 Cool Facts You Didn't Know About 'Billie Jean'

    Michael Jackson Billie Jean HOME DEMO Rare [HQ]





    Billie Jean [ Home Demo 1981]




    Recorded - March 1981 "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)" by Daryl Hall and John Oates.
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    Default Re: 30 Cool Facts You Didn't Know About 'Billie Jean'

    Haha that is so cool! Mixed 91 times...he sang through a cardboard tube

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    Default Re: 30 Cool Facts You Didn't Know About 'Billie Jean'

    Quote Originally Posted by Bubs View Post
    I was listening this song in my car radio today, sounds familiar if you take off the singing
    Thats close

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    Default Re: 30 Cool Facts You Didn't Know About 'Billie Jean'

    Some of those I didn't know Thanks for sharing!

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