The list of music Michael has been influenced by is so large... It would be harder to find music that was not an influence... We are talking about a guy that would commonly get music from around the world sent to his house to study what people are listening to everywhere - find what is common and utilize it to draw in the most amount of listeners..
There is no secret that Motown, Blues, Jazz, classical music, Stevie, and the Bee Gee's were huge musical influences though..
**He lives forever within us**
The chant on Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' comes from here
This is is a demonstration record released in 1981 called The Incredible Sounds Of Synclavier II. I have no idea if Mike heard this or not. But maybe Quincy Jones or Bruce Swedien had. Some producers of the past used sound effect records and they generally weren't listed in the credits. Go to 6:40 of this video
This is a mostly instrumental track that came out in 1979. Mike later wrote some different lyrics to it and was recorded by Greg Phillinganes and then Eric Clapton. Greg plays on Eric's version too.
^ Later Ryuichi Sakamoto of the Yellow Magic Orchestra recorded MJ's version as well:
Since they used that gong sound for Beat It from a demo record, did they have to pay to use it?
Song credits were still pretty sloppy in the 80s. For example, MJ wasn't credited for Behind the Mask on Eric Clapton's album sleeve, as far as I know.
You can see Junkie XL also use it here and produce the exact same sound in this behind the scenes video for the Deadpool soundtrack:
(2m56s for reference)
Goddamn that's such a cool sound!!
If they did actually use the demo, instead of replaying it, I think they do have to pay. At least that is the case with the sound effect (aka sound library) records. The companies who put out the sound effect records get paid a fee, but I don't think they get royalties, and don't have to be credited. If you hear saws, cars, animals, crowd noises, rain, etc. on a song, they usually come from these sound effect records. If the act or producer doesn't want to pay, they might record the sound themselves, like the water sounds on Yellow Submarine by The Beatles or the heartbeat on Smooth Criminal.
Very important information!
Much Too Soon from this song