Michael was a big fan of classical music, I have always thought THAT is where it stems from. Considering that it was written by him and the fact that he had a love for classical music - I would think it's safe to come to an informal conclusion it was probably his idea. Also considering that he goes for ART first and did not think of the copywriter issue that the song ran into for using it.. Sounds MJ'esk lol! I want this sound, think of the outcome and don't mind anything that could stand in the way..
Bruce Swedien though, always a fan of strings. So it's not way off base to say he either had some input, either idea or a lot of enthusiasm and approval of the idea.
^ There was 2 lawsuits do that song around that song.. The one regarding Beethoven was regarding crediting (or lack there of) for the song.. The other lawsuit, which I wasn't talking about (but I could see the question coming) is the obvious similarities to the song I Cigni di Balaka which was released 1987...
Oh wow, I'd never heard of I Cigni di Balaka but I just listened to it...and WYBT sounds like a complete ripoff of that song ! Did Michael win the lawsuit?! I'm honestly flabbergasted and shocked..
Not the whole song but a part yes. But WYBT is so so much better!
and if you listen to cigni di balaka completely it ends very different
Also there is also a Limited number of chord variation so doesn't mean it's really copied, but of course the song could have been inspiration...
I love WYBT too, and Dangerous is my favorite album, which is why Im surprised to hear something so similar to the main chorus of the song. Interesting.
Absolutely. WYBT is one of my all time favorite songs but you have to call it what it is. They are too similiar not be like "huh??" Reminds me of this song from the staples singers^ I appreciate the effort to show the difference in the song, and yes Michaels is much much better.. And this does not take away at his genius!! But if we have to put the songs side to side to make the songs sound as different as possible.. They are freakin' similar enough to be like "huh??"
Whatever the case, I love Will You Be There.. One of the songs I go back to often both album version and acapella.. it's a really powerful song to me, and vocally I have always liked hearing Michaels lower registers and this song ties in a few things Michael does like no one else. smooth tones and passionate aggression..!
The list of influence Michael has taken from in music is huge.. I don't think we should really be surprised considering one of his greatest strengths is combining various great ideas and mixing them together in its own organic way.. "study the greats and become greater".. This is the same in his clothing style, dance moves, and.. well music! He has used a lot from many.. and no one did it better!! He out did em all in their own game..
mj_frenzy;4215316 said:About the plagiarism case, Chailly, who is an Italian musicologist involved in that court case, stated that 37 out of 40 notes (of ‘Will You Be There’ & ‘I Cigni Di Balaka’) are the same, while the opening 6 notes are identical.
mj_frenzy;4215316 said:In Italy, there are still copies of the ‘Dangerous’ album (which were issued right after the December’s injunction in 1994) without including the song ‘Will You Be There’.