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10 greatest Michael Jackson songs to celebrate his 60th birthday

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Today marks what would have been Michael Jackson’s 60th birthday. The King Of Pop was born on 29 August 1958 in Gary, Indiana. However, he sadly died at the age of 50 on 25 June 2009 in Los Angeles. Jackson’s career spanned four decades, with him starting off in The Jackson Five with his siblings, later going solo in the 80s. To celebrate his birthday, here are 10 of MJ’s best tracks, as well as the meanings behind them.

Smooth Criminal

Released thirty years ago in 1988, Smooth Criminal was on Jackson’s 1987 album Bad. It peaked at number eight in the UK singles chart. The track is about a woman named Annie who is violently attacked in her apartment. It was used as the theme song to Moonwalker, Jackson’s 1988 film.

Beat It

Released in 1983, Beat It was from this sixth studio album Thriller 1982. It peaked at number three in the UK. The track has been described as a ‘sad commentary on human nature’ and is influenced by Michael’s childhood and growing up in a gang culture, as well as his dislike of violence, hence lyrics such as ‘don’t be a a macho man’. For the acclaimed video, Jackson famously brought together the ring leaders of two of Los Angeles’ notorious gangs – the Crips and Bloods – to not only add authenticity, but also in an attempt to neutralise their issues.

Blood On The Dance Floor

Released in 1997, Blood On The Dance Floor is from the remix album Blood On the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix. It was originally written in 1991 and set to go on his album that year Dangerous, however he left it off to give himself more time to tweak and perfect it. Blood On The Dance Floor is about a woman called Susie who seduced Jackson and then plots to stab him with a knife on a dance floor.

Man In The Mirror

Another track from Bad, Man In The Mirror was released in 1988, peaking at number two in the UK. While not written by him, it is believed it was one of Jackson’s favourite tracks and was one of his famous socially conscious works.

Dirty Diana

Dirty Diana was released in 1988 from his album Bad, peaking at number four in the UK charts. Jackson revealed the song is about his groupies, focusing on one in particular, and had to dismiss claims it was about the late Diana, Princess Of Wales after she told him it was her favourite song of his.

Earth Song

Earth Song was from Jackson’s HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I and was released in 1995, peaking in the UK in the top spot. It was another of Jackson’s socially conscious tracks, this time focusing on animal welfare and the environment. Like Blood On The Dance Floor, it had been destined for his Dangerous album but didn’t make the cut.

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Billie Jean

Billie Jean was one of Michael Jackson’s earlier singles, released in 1983 from the album Thriller and hitting the number one spot in the UK. It became the biggest selling single for MJ and, along with Beat It, helped Thriller become the best selling album of all time. The track was about a woman called Billie Jean who slept with the narrator and then told him he is the father of her son, although the narrator denies it. Jackson had said how he based the son on the experiences his brothers had while in The Jackson Five, rather than his own experiences.

Thriller

Released in 1983, Thriller came from his album of the same name. It was originally called Starlight, with lyrics including ‘Give me the Starlight’. But Jackson then came up with the title Thriller and changed the lyrics to ‘Cause this is Thriller’. Jackson’s most iconic music video was created as a result of the track, lasting for 14 minutes and featuring his Thriller dance.

The Way You Make Me Feel

The Way You Make Me Feel was released in 1987 and came from his album Bad. It reached number three in the UK charts and is a song about being in love and the feeling of love.

Human Nature

Another of his earlier tracks, Human Nature was released in 1983 and came from his album Thriller. It is about a conversation Toto member Steve Porcaro, who wrote the song, had with his young daughter about a boy who was being mean to her at school. Jackson’s producer Quincy Jones ended up accidentally hearing a demo of it and immediately wanted it on Thriller. He brought in lyricist John Bettis to tweak the verses and it made it onto the album.

Michael Jackson albums:

Got to Be There (1972)

Ben (1972)

Music & Me (1973)

Forever, Michael (1975)

Off the Wall (1979)

Thriller (1982)

Bad (1987)

Dangerous (1991)

HIStory: Past, Present and Future,

Book I (1995)

Invincible (2001)

Posthumous albums:

Michael (2010)

Xscape (2014)

 

 

 

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Release of Two Suspects shifted Jussie Smollett assault inquiry – Chicago police

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Chicago Police is requesting for fresh interview with Jussie Smollett after saying “the trajectory of the investigation” into the reported attack on the Empire actor had shifted since the release without charge of two Nigerian brothers they had detained for questioning.



Smollett lawyers responded that though the star would continue to cooperate with police, but felt “victimised” by reports he might have been involved in the attack.

“Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying,” a statement issued by law firm Todd Pugh and Victor P Henderson said.

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Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said: “We can confirm that the information received from the individuals questioned by police earlier in the Empire case has in fact shifted the trajectory of the investigation.

Smollett in his report had said he was attacked by two masked men shouting racial and anti-gay slurs and “This is MAGA (Make America Great Again) country!”.

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WWE Star Paige Bemoans Sex Tape Released.

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WWE star Saraya-Jade Bevis popularly known as Paige has frowned over the “humiliation” she felt when a sex tape was released without her consent, saying that she hit “rock bottom”.



The 26-year-old English professional wrestler who signed a contract with WWE in 2011 became the youngest ever champion of the WWE Divas Championship, a women’s professional wrestling tournament, at the age of 21 in 2014.

 The story of Paige’s upbringing in Norwich and the beginning of her career has been made into a film called Fighting with My Family. While In 2017, the wrestler fell victim to a leak of private photos and videos, an event that had a hugely negative impact on her mental health.

“To be publicly humiliated like that was terrible, and I don’t wish that for anyone,” Paige Said.

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Despite reassuring her fans at the time that she was doing ok in the aftermath of the leak and focusing on “being happy”, the intrusion of Paige’s privacy coupled with a wrestling injury led to depression.

“I didn’t go to work; I didn’t do anything. I felt so rock bottom,” the wrestler says.

“Of course, she didn’t have the internet and thought I was the most beautiful and most successful woman in the world. It opened my eyes to so many things. I was like, ‘I’m gonna let videos get in the way of things?’” the wrestler says.

“I thought, what am I doing? I need to be successful for her. My whole journey was supposed to be about inspiring people.”

 Paige announced her retirement from WWE in April 2018. She’s since released a makeup and clothing line, and is considering returning to the world of wrestling, although she hasn’t confirmed in what capacity.
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