Things you Didn’t Know About Michael Jackson Billie Jean

Although it has been six years since the King of Pop passed away, his memory is still alive through his songs.

His best period was certainly in 1983, when Thriller and Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever  were the two points which jump-started his whole career. In 1983, Thriller became the best-selling album worldwide and it is still the best-selling album of all time in the United States.

“Billie Jean” was released over 22 years ago but it has not been forgotten, especially not by Michaels fans and you would be surprised about some of the things you did not know about the song.

Here are some of the most interesting things regarding Michael Jackson Billie Jean.

1. Moonwalk, Jackson’s autobiography features a passage in which the pop stars said that Quincy Jones wanted to rename the song to “Not My Lover” so that it will not be confused with Billie Jean King, a famous tennis star. However, Jackson did not want to change anything about the song so it’s needless to say Quincy failed.

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2. “A musician knows hit material. It has to feel right. Everything has to feel in place. It fulfills you and it makes you feel good. You know it when you hear it. That’s how I felt about ‘Billie Jean’.

– This paragraph can also be found in Moonwalk and it depicts how Michael simply felt music. By reading the full section of the autobiography you can also find out about the fact that Jackson was so absorbed by the song that he did not even notice that the bottom of his Rolls-Royce was on fire. A kid on a motorcycle pulled him over and probably saved the Pop Star’s life.

3. “Billie Jean” is said to be the song which broke the color barrier on MTV, being the first song by a black artist making heavy rotation on MTV’s network. There was actually a racism scandal in that era involving MTV and their lack of consideration for black artists. However, the song was not played on MTV until it was ranked #1 hit song.

 4. The album cover’s 7 digit UPC code was presumed to be Michael Jackson’s phone number so a lot of people in many different area codes who had that number got a lot of phone calls from Jackson’s fans.

5. Although during an interview in Thailand, Michael Jackson tried to make “Billie Jean” a current more than an actual person, there is still no clue about whether or not Billie Jean was real. During the interview, Jackson said that “Billie Jean” was mainly a song which depicts groupies in the 60s and that many girls claimed to have a son related to one of his brothers. However, there was actually a woman who stalked Jackson and claimed that he was the father of one of her twins. The idea itself was considered amusing by his producer Quincy Jones and no other information is available about the identity of the woman.

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6. Jones stated that he hated both the bass line and the intro of “Billie Jean” and that he did not even want the song on “Thriller”.

7. According to the Rolling Stones magazine, Michael Jackson nailed the entire vocals of “Billie Jean” in only one take.

8. Billie Jean Michael Jackson was also used as a soundtrack for a Pepsi-Cola commercial in which Michael’s head was set on fire with the help of special effects explosions.

9. In 2012, the handwritten lyrics of “Billie Jean” sold for almost $30,000.

10.There are many covers of “Billie Jean” available on youtube. A lot of artists tried their own take on the song, including Chris Cornell, Ian Brown and even Kanye West.

11. Quincy Jones told the audio engineer who took care of “Billie Jean” to add sonic personality to the song.

12. Good songs will never grow old and will always have a special meaning for the people who listen to them.  “Billie Jean” is only one of the many, many songs that made each and every one of us think Michael Jackson was a music genius and an extraordinary performer.

13. Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever was an NBC special show which aired in May, 1983 and it involved Michael and his brothers reunited for an extraordinary live performance. During this show, Jackson performed “Billie Jean” solo and also introduced his signature dance move, the Moonwalk, earning his first Emmy nomination. He performed the Moonwalk while first time wearing his trademark glove.

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From sparkly costumes and outfits, to difficult chords and tabs and kids scandals, Michael Jackson will surely never be forgotten and will always remain the King of Pop.

Here is a list of useful links:

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Michael Jackson Billie Jean live on Motown 25

Michael Jackson Billie Jean video

Michael Jackson’s official website at www.michaeljackson.com

Modern Christmas Songs List for the Holidays

In just a few days, Christians all over the world will be celebrating Christmas. This means good food, Christmas songs, family get-togethers, presents, Christmas tree, Nightmare before Christmas and Santa Claus. Some say that this is the most beautiful time of the year and if you agree, then we’re going to make it even more beautiful by compiling a traditional Christmas songs list for you. Start a new tradition this year and let Elvis or Celine into your house and let the old carols rest for a bit. Here are our picks for the best modern Christmas songs that will make the Holidays even better.

10. Dean Martin – White Christmas

This is as classical as modern gets! Famous Dean Martin’s version of White Christmas is so lovely and fairy-like that you’ll want to only listen to this song throughout December. If you do that and you find people randomly shouting at you to stop playing this song, get yourself a pair of headphones and press play with pride!

9. U2 – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

One of the greatest rock bands, U2, has made their version of the classic Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) and it’s really good. If you love U2 and Bono, we suggest you turn your volume way up and enjoy it with your neighbors.

8. Amy Grant – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

This woman really does sing like an angel and this version of the classic Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas is really exquisite.

7. John Lennon – Happy Xmas (War is Over)

If you’re a child of the 60s or you simply love the amazing John Lennon, then you should play this song in your house around Christmas

6. Michael Bublé – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

If you’re not much of a rock lover, then we suggest you give Michael Bublé’s version of Christmas (Baby Please Come Home). It’s much more mellow and smooth.

5. Taylor Swift – Christmas Must Be Something More

Seven years ago (yes, Taylor is old enough that we can say that little line), Taylor was a young country singer putting out songs like there was no tomorrow. Naturally, she had to put out a Christmas album, because money wasn’t going to enter her wallet just like that! It’s a nice, simple song that will make you love the new Taylor even more.

4. Celine Dion – So This is Christmas

What’s Christmas without a little bit of Celine? This woman can pretty much make any holiday better, with just her songs, so give this one a try!

3. Destiny’s Child – 8 Days of Christmas

If there’s one thing you can’t say about Destiny’s Child is that they’re timeless. They’re talented, beautiful and used to make nice music, but they’re not timeless. Still, this modern take on 8 Days of Christmas is quite funky and still very much cool.

2. Wham! – Last Christmas

If you can live through a Christmas without listening to Wham’s Last Christmas, then tell us how, because we believe it’s almost impossible. So why not embrace this lovely long and sing along with them! Last Christmas, I gave you my heart, but the very next day, you gave it away! Everybody, now!

1. Mariah Carey – All I Want for Christmas is You

There really can’t be Christmas without Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You, can there? Watching the video and listening to this Christmasy song gets you in the mood for Christmas!

What is your favorite modern Christmas song?

10 Top Pop Songs of 2014

A couple of artists like Pharrell and Pitbull proved once again they deserve the title of international stars, while other artists like Sam Smith and Meghan Trainor found their place on the burgeoning pop scene of 2014. These are the top pop songs you could still hear today on the radio, although they’ve been played all year long.

1. John Legend – All of Me

The piano power ballad created in 2013 is related to Legend’s fiancée, Chrissy Teigen. ‘All of Me’ is the third single from “Love in the Future”, but critics say it is the best example of Legend’s both soothing vocal range and his creative touch of keys.

2. One Republic – Counting Stars

One Republic hasn’t managed to come up with such a successful song since ‘Apologize’, which was released seven years ago. Although it hasn’t reached number one in the Billboard Hot 100, ‘Counting Stars’ spent an impressive 25 consecutive weeks in top 10. Reaching no 1 in the same week when Pitbull’s new single is a direct competitor seems quite of a challenge.

3. Pharrell Williams – Happy

Pharrell hit the jackpot once again. Without a doubt, ‘Happy’ was the song of the summer. After reaching the top, ‘Happy’ stayed among the first ten positions for almost half a year. The success makes sense, as ‘Happy’ was recorded in roughly the same period of 2013 as ‘Get Lucky’.

4. Katy Perry feat Juicy J – Dark Horse

Together, Perry and Juicy J wrote the lyrics to what turned out to be one of the biggest hits of the year. Reaching number one in February, ‘Dark Horse’ stayed in top ten for an impressive 22 weeks. From one point of view, the ‘Southern rap-techno mashup’ is a side of a mature Katy Perry.

5. Sia – Chandelier

This is Sia’s highest ranked song ever, although the Australian artist gradually climbed the stairs of success. Since working with Zero 7 in the early 2000’s, Sia wrote songs for Beyonce, Rihanna and many others. But ‘Chandelier’, a powerful, yet melancholic, electropop piece, showed that Sia is one of the most complex artists of the moment. So no surprises here, as Sia got everything right.

6. Pitbull feat Ke$ha – Timber

Talking about top pop songs without mentioning Pitbull would be a sacrilege. Whatever Pitbull touches, it turns into gold. ‘Timber’ reached no 1 in January and spent 17 weeks in top 10. Although Pitbull uses the same winning formula, this time he adds a touch of country and folk to get another thing going strong.

7. Iggy Azalea feat Charlie XCX – Fancy

This kind of full on chemistry between the two singers was a well-received surprise by both critics and larger audiences. In June, ‘Fancy’ enjoyed the first position in Billboard Hot 100. Overall, Azalea’s and Charli XCX’s biggest hit stayed in top ten for no less than 17 weeks.

8. Taylor Swift – Shake it Off

‘Shake it Off’ is Taylor Swift saying good-bye to country-pop, the style that made her famous. Along with its fifth album at just 24, Swift turns into a mature international music star. The uptempo pop hit spiced up with a sassy sax conquered the top in September. Now it’s still in the first 10 hottest hits.

9.  Sam Smith – Stay With Me

Critics stated that ‘Stay with Me’ is an instant classic. Sam Smith’s pop ballad highly benefits from its gospel themed chorus, which makes it stand out among other dramatic songs. ‘Stay with Me’ hadn’t managed to attain the first position, although it spent 21 weeks in top ten. The soul themed hit reached no. 2 in August.

10. Meghan Trainor – All About that Bass

Trainor conquered the top in September with this feminist anthem which still stands among the first 10 positions. Eighteen weeks and still going strong because the bubblegum pop retro piece ‘All About that Bass’ is incredibly catchy. There you have it, these are our choices for best pop songs of 2014!

5 Best Free Internet Radio Stations

It seems that the world is going in circles. While classical radios played a DJ’s selection, music lovers discovered streaming services. Pandora Internet Radio is a main choice for U.S., Australian and New Zealand users. Unfortunately for the rest of the world, Pandora is a country dependent service, like other music streaming services such as Spotify.

Even if actively discovering music is particularly rewarding, it can easily turn into a choir. Streaming services have some automated features, but listeners increasingly return to curated playlists. Now radio stations are online and most of them are listener-supported. We are going to focus on a couple of online stations with a hint of the old radio atmosphere. Check out 5 of the best free Internet radio stations!

1. SomaFM

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The San Francisco-based radio station offers more than 30 channels of carefully selected music. During the holiday season, four temporary stations take care of your Christmas mood. Although not a commercial radio station, SomaFM supports itself by selling the Android app and its iOS version, as well as through direct donations. SomaFM really manages to rise up to its presentation as an underground / alternative radio, as you’ll often find songs which are not featured on Youtube. Groove Salad offers downtempo grooves and beats, Secret Agent turns you into a 60’s spy. The list could go on, check it out at http://somafm.com.

2. Radio Paradise

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Paradise is Bill Goldsmith and his wife, Rebecca Goldsmith, who founded the online station back in 2000. Radio Paradise, named after the couple’s location, Paradise, California, is an “eclectic online rock radio”, although you’ll hear some electro and jazz from time to time. As a listener-supported station since its inception, Radio Paradise managed to survive for so long without any commercials. Check out one of the pioneers of online radio at http://www.radioparadise.com.

3. KEXP

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The Seasttle-based radio station has quite a history. KEXP, what was then KCMU, is the first online radio to offer 128 kps 24/7 in 2000. The station witnessed the upcoming of the local grunge scene (Soundgarden members even worked at KEXP). If you’re into indie and alternative rock, you’re probably already acquainted with the station’s rich Youtube channel. Numerous famous bands visit KEXP’s headquarters while in Seattle to play a few songs and answer some well-crafted questions. Check it out at http://www.kexp.org.

4. WFMU

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Doing justice to WFMU’s history in just a couple of lines is quite a challenge. The listener-supported station, named by the Rolling Stones the best radio station in the country several years in a row at the beginning of the 90s, is famous for its successful freeform radio format. Jersey City-based WFMU is more than just good music. Besides rock and roll, experimental, jazz and psychedelia, you’ll hear classic radio airchecks and cooking instructions. Enjoy it at http://wfmu.org.

5. Nicecream FM

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The guys from That Couch Funk Collective, a Bucharest, Romania-based group of DJs, decided to stream their favorite music in April 2013. If you’re into reworked 70’s funk and soul, as well as other neighboring genres, check out Nicecream FM, where you’ll have “laidback grooves with a slice of panda funk”. No disturbing ads will affect your experience, although this is a free internet radio. Moreover, while listening to those groovy beats, including the smooth bossa nova, you can enjoy a trove of carefully selected retro-inspired photos on the background. Listen to it at http://nicecream.fm.

The Top Country Songs to Re-Hear in 2014

Now, before anybody gets upset, nobody’s claiming 2014 isn’t a good year for country. You can find plenty of top ten type of lists of the best 2014 songs the genre had to offer, but this is not one of them. All we’re doing is revisiting some of the top country songs of the last few decades that we feel must be given another listen. We assume everyone is familiar with tunes from — well — old times, such as the classic Hank Williams, Dolly Parton or Johnny Cash, so the list will consist only of songs that came after 1990. So, without further ado, here is a list of 5 top country songs from the last 25 years that you should add to your current iTunes playlist this week.

 

1.     Kacey Musgraves – Follow Your Arrow (2013)

Despite scandalizing a segment of the country music audience with its “girls-kissing-girls” and drug references, Kacey Mysgrave’s rebellious far from romantic lyrics had a great reception among the genre’s younger fans. She released four albums between 2002 and 2008, yet remained firmly underground until she signed with Mercury Nashville in 2012, which lead to her fifth album making it to top 10: shooting straight to number  1 in US Country chart and number 2 on Billboard. By the looks of it, Musgrave’s — let’s say — modern approach in this line of music, is helping her career as one of the young country artists that you should keep an eye on.

2.     Dixie Chicks – Goodbye Earl (1999)

Before finding themselves in the middle of an Iraq War controversy in 2003 for their comments critical of George Bush, the Texas born Dixie Chicks had some of the top country songs of the 90s. The one you give another listen to in 2014 is another source of controversy, the light-hearted, yet sad Goodbye Earl which, alongside its video, gives the story of two friends taking revenge on one of their male partners for domestic abuse. While the frank depiction of abuse was shocking for those who saw it as being inconsistent with the song’s fun melody, others saw it a story of female empowerment.

3.     Taylor Swift – Mean (2010)

Taylor Swift was only twenty when she released “Speak Now”, but it was already her 3rd album and, since her 2006 self-titled debut she had already experienced her share of negative media attention. This song came as a comeback of sorts at the sort of criticism she deemed as being not constructive, but just mean. Seeing how since 2010, Taylor Swift has become one of the celebrities that is, for weeks on end, attacked by the media for her private life, it doesn’t seem to have shamed the celebrity gossip rags too much. However, almost a decade from her debut she is one of the top selling artists today, receiving a great deal of love from some critics, such as Billboard’s top 20 Taylor Swift hits list, and her being seemingly ever present on radio top 100.

4.     Shania Twain – You’re Still the One (1997)

Could there be a list of country songs from the last 25 years that doesn’t include Shania Twain? Maybe, but it would be a very good one. One of the largest stars of the 90s and early 2000s, Shania Twain played her role in popularizing her music way beyond the borders of the usual genre audience and this song was one of the reasons why that happened. In 2004, Twain retired from performing due to vocal chords issues, but made a triumphal return in 2012 and has announced work on a new album. What better time to get back into some of her top country songs?

5.     Johnny Cash – Hurt (2002)

Now, this song may not be quite the right country song to play at a summer karaoke party or dance on at a wedding for more than one reason. One would be that it was sang by Johnny Cash quite a while after he departed from his country roots and the other one being that it is a cover of the industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails. Nonetheless, the intensity with which Cash sang the song, paired with the fact that it was one of his final releases makes “Hurt” an absolute milestone. Trent Reznor, who first penned the song in 1994, was taken aback by Cash’s version, stating that “Tears welling, silence, goose-bumps… Wow. [I felt like] I just lost my girlfriend, because that song isn’t mine anymore…”