Today, 23 years ago, Michael Jackson achieved No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘You Are Not Alone’, a song written by R. Kelly. The song holds a Guinness World Record as the first song in the 37-year history of the Billboard Hot 100 to debut at No.1. Jackson asked R Kelly’s manager if the artist would write a song for him after he heard his hit song, ‘Bump And Grind’. After going straight into the studio, he came up with the song and Jackson then joined in Chicago to record the track with Kelly doing backing vocals. Kelly is quoted saying, “I actually imitated Michael when I sent him my first copy. He was laughing at me because I was imitating him.” At the time, Jackson was married to Lisa Marie Presley who appeared in the music video where both she, and Jackson are seen topless. R Kelly paid tribute to Michael Jackson after his death by recording a version of this song as a bonus track on his album, Love Letter.
Nine years after the signer’s death, a music video for the song “Behind the Mask” has been posted on YouTube.
In 1982, Michael Jackson released his sixth album Thriller, which cemented his role in music history and remained loved through the generations. Behind the Mask, a song originally set to appear on the album along with other hits like Beat It, Billie Jean, Human Nature, Baby Be Mine, and Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin, has just been given a new music video, to everyone’s surprise. The song was never originally published due to copyright reasons – it was actually a cover song from the Japanese group Yellow Magic Orchestra. The music video, put together by the duo Aggressive, features the singer through archival footage.
As the Iconic “Thriller” album by Michael Jackson just had a birthday we found it fitting to share this behind the scenes footage showing the recording and engineering process for the album.