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Rare footage of Michael Jackson practicing iconic 'Billie Jean' routine in 1983 is...

22 June 2022, 17:12

Michael Jackson practising thee Moonwalk. Picture: YouTube/Motown

By Tom Eames

A video showing Michael Jackson preparing his iconic Moonwalk dance shows how dedicated he was to his craft.

Michael Jackson debuted his astonishing Moonwalk dance when performing 'Billie Jean' at the Motown 25th anniversary event in 1983, wowing the audience and millions around the world.

In this newly discovered footage, Michael is seen rehearsing for arguably the biggest moment of his career.

He is seen practicising his dance moves in what looks like a hotel room, trying out various different moves, all of which look amazing.

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We particularly love his 'swimming in one spot' move, which is rather underrated in Michael's long list of routines.

Watch the clip below:

Comments on the YouTube clip include one fan stating: "He seems to defy gravity. Sometimes it looks like he's not even touching the floor."

Another wrote: "He moved like he had butter at the bottom of his feet." A third said: "The control he had over his body was phenomenal."

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The King of Pop was taking part in the TV programme Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever, filmed to celebrate the record label's greatest artists and saw a whopping 35% of all TV owners in the United States tuning in to see Michael and other stars perform.

Michael Jackson would later go on to discuss his own experience of his first moonwalk in an interview with Oprah Winfrey in 1993 and said he 'cried' after the performance.

"I'm never satisfied," Michael Jackson said, "Even when I see something that I've done, and people say: 'Oh it was phenomenal'.

"When I did Motown 25, and I did the moonwalk for the first time, I was backstage crying afterwards because I was unhappy."

Oprah was stunned. "You cried!?" she said in disbelief.

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"But then I was walking to the car there was this little boy who was like 12," Michael continued.

"He was this little Jewish kid and he said: 'You're amazing! Who taught you to dance like that?'"

"And for the first time I ever felt like I did a good job," he concluded.

"Because I know children don't lie, and I just felt so good about it. "

The Meaning of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean"

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Released as the second single from his 1982 number one hit album, Thriller, “Billie Jean” is one of Michael Jackson’s most widely-known and beloved songs, and one of the most famous songs of the entire 1980s.

The song was a smash hit upon release, topping the charts in several countries including the United States, UK, Canada, France, Switzerland and Belgium, and cracking the top ten in many more.

Blending elements of just about every genre that gets the people moving, from dance-pop to funk and R&B, “Billie Jean” is a timeless classic that shows us just how deserving Michael Jackson was to be crowned “King of Pop.”

Lyrically, “Billie Jean” tells the story of a woman who Jackson was intimate with who later claimed to be pregnant with his child.

Jackson denies this claim, and the song details their encounter while also giving a warning to other guys to “always think twice” before engaging in a one night stand, because you could end up in his shoes.

The Real Billie Jean

While this story may lead to the assumption that “Billie Jean” is based off one specific person, she is actually a fictional composite of the types of women who Jackson and his brothers frequently encountered.

Jackson spoke of this in his 1988 memoir, Moonwalk:

There never was a real Billie Jean. The girl in the song is a composite of people my brothers have been plagued with over the years. I could never understand how these girls could say they were carrying someone’s child when it wasn’t true.

Michael Jackson on the meaning of “Billie Jean”, 1988.

He further elaborated on this in a 1996 interview, as per MTV:

“Billie Jean” is kind of anonymous. It represents a lot of girls. They used to call them groupies in the ’60s. They would hang around backstage doors, and any band that would come to town they would have a relationship with, and I think I wrote this out of experience with my brothers when I was little. There were a lot of Billie Jeans out there. Every girl claimed that their son was related to one of my brothers.

Michael Jackson on the meaning of “Billie Jean”, 1996.

The 2004 Michael Jackson biography, The Magic and the Madness by J. Randy Taborrelli goes deeper into the story of “Billie Jean”, with Jackson offering a specific memory of a woman who took things too far in 1981.

This woman sent him a letter claiming that he was the father of one of her twins. Jackson ignored these letters, as fan mail of this sort had become fairly common for him at that point in his career.

However, this woman who he had never met continued to send him letters claiming that she loved him and wanted to be with him, and guilting him for ignoring his own flesh and blood.

The final straw, and the part that disturbed Jackson enough to give him nightmares, was the final parcel that the woman sent.

In it she included a photo of herself, a gun, and a letter that told him to use the gun on himself at a specific time. She would kill herself at the same time, after killing their baby, of course, and thus they would all be together in the afterlife.

This woman did not end up killing herself, as the Jacksons later discovered, but thankfully ended up in psychiatric care.

These letters disturbed Jackson enough to give him nightmares, and provided the artistic fodder that resulted in the iconic “Billie Jean”.

Finally, there is a gem on the 2008 re-issue of Thriller for its 25th anniversary that includes a clip from a 2005 interview with Quincy Jones. He discusses the story of how Jackson met the woman who claimed to be the mother of one of her twins after she climbed over the wall surrounding his property.

Listen to that clip below, which also includes talk about “The Girl Is Mine” and “Beat It”.

The Making of “Billie Jean”

This wild lyrical inspiration is only as good as the musical arrangement can make it, and as we know, Jackson had that part covered as well.

It all started with the bass line that serves as the 29-second intro, which according to the Michael Jackson bio For the Record (Halstead, 2007), was a point of contention between Jackson and producer Quincy Jones.

Jones apparently disliked the demo, wanted to change the name of the song to “Not My Lover”, and doubted whether it should be included on the album.

In particular, Jones wanted to cut the bass intro, to which Jackson replied that it makes him want to dance.

This he said about the song in 2005, during that Thriller interview shared above:

I said, ‘Michael we’ve got to cut that intro,’” Jones recalls. “He said, ‘But that’s the jelly!’” — Jackson’s personal slang term for a funky beat is “smelly jelly” — “‘That’s what makes me want to dance.’ And when Michael Jackson tells you, ‘That’s what makes me want to dance,’ well, the rest of us just have to shut up.

Quincy Jones on the making of “Billie Jean”, 2005.

Jackson felt very strongly about “Billie Jean” right from the jump. In his memoir, he claims that he knew the song was a hit because of the way it made him feel when he heard it.

He knew the song was special, and he was so excited that it consumed his entire mind:

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. ’ I knew it was going to be big while I was writing it.

I was really absorbed in that song. One day during a break in a recording session I was riding down the Ventura Freeway with Nelson Hayes, who was working with me at the time. ‘Billie Jean’ was going around in my head and that’s all I was thinking about.

We were getting off the freeway when a kid on a motorcycle pulls up to us and says, ‘Your car’s on fire.’ Suddenly we noticed the smoke and pulled over and the whole bottom of the Rolls-Royce was on fire. That kid probably saved our lives. If the car had exploded, we could have been killed. But I was so absorbed by this tune floating in my head that I didn’t even focus on the awful possibilities until later.

Michael Jackson on writing “Billie Jean”, 1988.

History has shown that Michael Jackson was correct about “Billie Jean” being a hit, and the fact that he knew it from the first time he heard the song is a testament to his sheer talent.

The song itself also offers plenty of evidence.

“Billie Jean” Lyrics Meaning

Opening with that bass groove that Quincy Jones almost cut, “Billie Jean” gives listeners plenty of time to make their way over to the dance floor before Jackson comes in with the first verse:

She was more like a beauty queen from a movie scene
I said, “Don’t mind, but what do you mean, I am the one
Who will dance on the floor in the round?”
She said I am the one
Who will dance on the floor in the round
She told me her name was Billie Jean as she caused a scene
Then every head turned with eyes that dreamed of bein’ the one
Who will dance on the floor in the round

First verse to “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson.

Here Jackson describes his first encounter with this woman, who was gorgeous like something out of a movie. She asks him to dance, and he tells her that he’s happy to dance but wonders why he’s the one she chose.

As they make their way to the dance floor, she tells him her name is Billie Jean and everyone turns their heads to look at them, wishing that the were the one who had the chance to dance with her.

This takes us into the first pre-chorus, where Jackson sings about the mistake he made by getting involved with this woman:

People always told me, “Be careful of what you do
Don’t go around breakin’ young girls’ hearts” (Hee-hee)
And mother always told me, “Be careful of who you love
And be careful of what you do (Oh-oh)
‘Cause the lie becomes the truth” (Oh-oh), hey-ey

First pre-chorus to “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson.

Jackson says that people warned him about breaking young girl’s hearts, and the consequences that may come with that. Of course, he didn’t listen and now he’s gotten himself into a predicament.

Even his mother warned him that “the lie becomes the truth,” meaning that if he’s not careful, people will believe lies that are told about him as if they were true.

The chorus reveals what went down between these two, after that night on the dance floor:

Billie Jean is not my lover, uh
She’s just a girl who claims that I am the one (Oh, baby)
But the kid is not my son (Hoo)
She says I am the one (Oh, baby)
But the kid is not my son (Hee-hee-hee, no-no, hee-hee-hee, hoo)

Chorus to “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson.

Michael insists that Billie Jean is not his woman, no matter how much she wants to be. She still claims that he’s “the one”, except now it’s the one in terms of spending his life with her, and raising a child, rather than just a fun night on the dance floor.

She’s pregnant, or has a young child, and she claims that he is the father. Jackson is adamant that the kid is not his son.

His mother’s warning heeds true in the second verse, when we find Jackson in court:

For forty days and for forty nights, the law was on her side
But who can stand when she’s in demand? Her schemes and plans
‘Cause we danced on the floor in the round (Hee)
So take my strong advice
Just remember to always think twice
(Don’t think twice) Do think twice! (A-hoo!)
She told my baby we’d danced ’til three, then she looked at me
Then showed a photo of a baby cryin’, his eyes were like mine (Oh, no)
‘Cause we danced on the floor in the round, baby (Ooh, hee-hee-hee)

Second verse to “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson.

The verse begins with a reference to the Bible, as in Genesis 5 and the story of Noah’s Arc, when it rained for forty days and forty nights to cleanse the earth of its sins.

By this he means that he fought long and hard with the law to prove that he was not the father, and for a while they did not believe him. Especially because they did in fact dance together, and it is implied that they also may have slept together.

This is where he offers his advice to other men, to think twice before allowing themselves to be enchanted by a beautiful woman at the club. Perhaps, to lean on another Jackson quote, one should try not to be a “Smooth Criminal”.

She pulls out a photo of a crying baby, who happens to have his eyes, offering further evidence that this was in fact the son of Michael Jackson.

Up next, the second pre-chorus offers more details of what happened that night:

People always told me, “Be careful of what you do
And don’t go around breakin’ young girls’ hearts” (Don’t break no hearts; hee-hee)
But she came and stood right by me
Just the smell of sweet perfume (Ha-oh)
This happened much too soon (Ha-oh, ha-ooh)
She called me to her room (Ha-oh, hoo), hey-ey

Second pre-chorus to “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson.

Everything happened fast, and she came onto him. He found her attractive and the next thing he knows he’s back in her room, and you know what happens next.

While Jackson may not have been the father of the groupies’ children in real life, the song leaves room for interpretation as to whether or not he is the father.

He claims that he isn’t, sure, but according to his story, he certainly could be…

The song ends with two more choruses, as Jackson really drives home the point that he is not the father and the rest of us dance the night away.

Watch the music video for “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson below.

How to learn to dance like Michael Jackson?

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Milk Jackson is considered one of the best choreographers and dancers in history. His skill was the best of the best among those who were in the pop industry. He always did it easily, and so far he remains the most outstanding artist (of course, not in the literal sense of the word). You can enjoy his staging and movements in various videos. Michael is such a great dancer that the dance looks very organic and simple, as if you can immediately get up and repeat everything without difficulty! But, this is the great talent of Michael Jackson as an artist - to do the complex at ease and easily! How to learn to dance like him? What is the secret of movement? Naturally, the singer's hallmark is the well-known "moonwalk". This movement is a special technique where the dancer moves backward while trying to move forward. This is how the illusion of sliding is created. nine0005

How to learn the moves

It takes curly hair and shiny socks to learn the sliding moonwalk. They say it's the key to success! And here are the phased technical movements:

  1. On a full foot, put one foot forward;
  2. Take the second back and put it on your fingers;
  3. With the foot that is in front, begin to slide lightly and gently back past the foot that is behind;
  4. Now, with the foot that was in front, put on the whole foot, and lift the back one on the toes; nine0014
  5. Repeat these movements again and again. All kinds of variations of the movements of the moonwalk, allow you to slide to the right, left, forward, as well as in a circle. Now you know how easy it is to learn this intricate movement.

Michael Jackson's moonwalk

The artist first showed the moonwalk way back in 1983 on an American live television show while performing the song "Billie Jean". Young Michael, dressed in a hat, one glove, black jacket, silver T-shirt, silver socks and black pants, made a splash. He wrapped himself around himself and did this world-famous gait. nine0005

The dancing of the star attracted a huge number of spectators, and the movement itself called the moonwalk became very popular. Dancing is considered the second nature of the famous singer. The first is, of course, music, which occupied most of his life.

It is interesting that in 1989 a film was made where Michael played the main role, he portrayed himself. This movie is called "Moonwalker". The singer considered dancing such an important part of the image that even the biopic was called "Moonwalk", which translates as "Moonwalk". nine0005

Secrets of dancing pop idol

In addition to the moonwalk, dancers all over the world love to repeat another trick of the star. This is body tilt 45 degrees to the floor . You can see it in the video for the song "Smooth Criminal". There are a large number of variations and versions on the theme: how to perform this trick. Some argue that in the stage costumes of Michael himself and his dancers, special pins were installed, in the shape and size of the heel, which at some point advanced and fixed. The dancer himself patented this boot design. nine0005

How to learn to dance like Michael Jackson? Is it realistic to do it? Naturally, yes! A huge number of people are proof of this. The video tutorials below will help you. Carefully study the technique, turn on the music louder, and go ahead.

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Performed at the Super Bowl and came to Fulham. nine0010

In the spring of 1999, Michael Jackson visited the third English division football match between Fulham and Wigan. For a figure of this status, the event was not at all obvious, and when, after the game, the owner of Fulham, Mohammed Al-Fayed, invited Jackson to the locker room, the players decided that this was an imitator. Just in case, they asked him to show the moonwalk.

It is unknown if the most successful artist in the history of mankind slipped into the dressing room of a modest English stadium to confirm that he was not an impostor. nine0005

But how cool would it be if it was.


Michael Jackson spent 45 of his 50 years in show business. He recorded the highest-grossing album in music history (estimated to have sold between 200 and 750 million copies of his work), won hundreds of awards, turned MTV and the Super Bowl concerts into a global phenomenon, and also anticipated more or less all pop music. music at the turn of the century and was once seriously crowned an African king. In his peak years, he collected Wembley 15 times, and when in 2009-m announced a return tour, a million tickets were swept away in two hours. At various times, Jackson has been a cartoon character, a doll and an advertising face for Pepsi, and now for almost a decade he remains the highest paid deceased celebrity. In the entire world culture of the 20th century, units are comparable to Jackson in terms of scale, recognition and influence: Chaplin, Disney, Elvis, Lennon.

In his autobiography (correctly titled "Moonwalk"), Jackson told how he worked with Diana Ross, Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder, and on national television joked personally for Hollywood Golden Age legend Katharine Hepburn, who motherly reprimanded him for eternal dark glasses. But in a surprising way, in the most touching moment of his (rather on-duty) memoirs, there is no namedropping, and it’s not even about music, but about dancing:

“I wanted to do a really long spin and stop on my toes for a moment,” Jackson wrote of his iconic 1983 Motown record label performance. - But I could not freeze as much as I wanted, and lowered my heel. [Later backstage] I was still upset about it, but then a little boy came up to me - about ten years old and in a tuxedo. He looked up at me with eyes full of admiration and said: “Where did you learn to dance like that?”. nine0005


“I've always been good at dancing,” said Jackson, the only musician in America's Dance Hall of Fame. The choreography is already present in Jackson's earliest performances as part of his family group the Jackson 5, the sensation of the era of bubblegum pop.

Jackson joined the Jackson 5 when he was only five, and spent his entire childhood in rehearsals and performances: first in talent shows, and then with his own concerts. He recalled being alone backstage as a child “watching all the headliners to learn as much as possible from them. I looked at their feet, at what they were doing with their hands, how they were holding the microphone, trying to understand why. I did not miss a single step, not a single movement, turn, turn, twist, emotion, half-movement. That was my education and my recreation." nine0005

Having already become a star, Jackson in many ways remained a child, full of unique androgynous innocence. In particular, he retained this awe of great artists, as if refusing to see that he himself became one of them: “I grew up on real showmen: James Brown, Sammy Davis, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly. A great artist does not leave anyone indifferent - this is an indicator of greatness. It's like Michelangelo - whoever you are, it can't help but touch."

At the same time, the professional drive and ambitions of Jackson himself have always been very powerful. The song Dancing Machine came out at 1974, when 17-year-old Michael had already grown to the role of the frontman of the Jackson 5, and he was "determined to find a dance element that would enhance the song and make the performance more interesting for both the band and the audience." Thus, by a conscious effort of the creative will of a teenager, nothing less than a robot dance was born. The movement, seen on the street, catapulted the Dancing Machine to the top of the charts, and showed Jackson the power of television. “In just a few days, it seemed like every American kid was dancing the robot. I have never seen anything like it,” he recalled at 1988th. 30 years later, the world has survived macarena, gangnam and (sort of) floss, and the robot is still the highlight of school discos, street sessions and Sex and the City.


Four years after the robot, Jackson played the Scarecrow in Visa, Sidney Lumet's fantasy based on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Jackson, who always dreamed of cinema, worked on the film with its most complex choreography:

“Since childhood, it was enough for me to see a dance movement once - and I immediately knew how to perform it. Someone had to explain step by step, beat the rhythm, show where to put your foot and move your hip, and where - with your neck. But if I saw it, then I could repeat it. nine0005

But, as it should be in the film industry, this became a problem. One day during filming, Diana Ross, who played Dorothy, took Jackson (with whom she was on great terms) aside and explained that he puts her in a bad light because he learns dance chords too quickly. Until the end of filming, the 20-year-old Jackson generously pretended to be a worse dancer than he was, and the film eventually received four Oscar nominations:


-star" and became at first just a star, and then the main star of the planet: for the first time, four tracks from one disc hit the Billboard top 10 at once, more than 20 million copies of the album were sold worldwide, Jackson won his first (out of 13) Grammy and received the highest percentage of sales in the industry from its label Epic - 37 (almost $ 2 from each record sold in the US). nine0005

He himself, however, felt that Off The Wall deserved more, so he began recording the next album with a thirst for revenge. Thus was born Thriller (1982), the most successful release of all time, making Michael Jackson a legend. Of the nine songs on the album, seven were released as singles, all of them in the national top 10, and a year after the release, Thriller was still selling over a million copies a week.

In 1984, Time declared the 25-year-old Jackson "the sole savior of the music industry: a decade-defining songwriter, a dancer with the craziest legs, and a singer who transcends tastes, styles, and colors. " nine0005

By then, Jackson had already performed at the 25th anniversary of his former label Motown with the "thriller" track Billie Jean (which was almost named Not My Lover to avoid being associated with tennis player Billie Jean King). And if the Thriller album turned from a hit into a blockbuster thanks to the Beat It single, then it was Billie Jean and the performance at Motown 25 that turned Michael Jackson from a classy dancer into a visionary. scene. Back at 1972, while touring with the Jackson 5, he wanted to run backstage to get the hat he wore for the cover of the album before performing the hit Got to Be There. “They didn’t let me do it then, because I was small, and the adults thought the idea was stupid. But soon Donny Osmond was performing all over the country wearing a very similar hat, and people were ecstatic. Even then I trusted my instincts. I believed that I knew how to do it."

More than a decade later, preparing for Motown 25, the first thing Jackson ordered was a hat: "a cool spy-type fedora, like a secret agent. " Until the last evening before the performance, however, a hat and a black jacket he accidentally found were his only plan. nine0005

“Then I went down to the kitchen and turned on Billie Jean. Loud. I was there alone, the night before the show, just standing there and waiting for the song to tell me what to do. I let the dance create itself, let it talk to me. When I heard the first bar, I put on that spy hat, struck a pose, and followed Billie Jean's rhythm, letting him dictate the moves. And this moment, when I faded into the background, skipping ahead of the dance, was amazing, ”said Jackson at the end of the decade.

On that day in Pasadena, Michael Jackson's moonwalk saw the light of day for the first time - perhaps the single artist's signature move in the history of popular culture. “I didn’t invent the moonwalk,” Jackson never hid, “but I perfected it. It was a dance piece from the ghetto and was taught to me by three black guys. They showed me the basics, and then I practiced alone for a long time and combined it with other steps. All I knew for sure was that in losing to Billie Jean, I would go forward and backward at the same time, as if I were on the moon. nine0005

There is another version of the origin of the moonwalk. Choreographer Jeffrey Daniel, who worked with Jackson on later videos for Bad and Smooth Criminal, said that she appeared after Jackson and "little Janet" saw him dancing at Disneyland in the early 80s.

“They watched me dance from backstage. And then he called me and said he wanted to meet and work on the movements.” According to Daniel, Jackson didn't even manage to do the moonwalk right away ("It's like the Matrix - everyone fails the first attempt"), but "then seeing him do it on stage and launch it into the stratosphere was something." nine0005


It is important to understand that in the early 80s Jackson's creative authority was already so high that he invited choreographers to cooperate so that they would broadcast his ideas, and not supply them with their own. “MJ gave them instructions on what type of movement they would like, so the choreographer would already put it into concrete form. Then he came in, looked at the material and adapted it for himself, ”says Steve Knopper, editor of Rolling Stone and author of The Genius of Michael Jackson.

The cult videos Thriller (the world's premier music video: a 14-minute, half-million-dollar horror movie that hit theaters and inspired the annual pre-Halloween dance festival) and Beat It (a gangland story that references West Side Story compositionally) were directed by Michael Jackson Peters. He said that the secret of Jackson's bombastic choreography is his brilliant knowledge of both the history of dance and its present. This allowed Michael to combine elements of break dancing with borrowings from Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. nine0005

By the way, with Astaire, the maestro of musical comedy of the first half of the 20th century and the first person in the IMDb database, Jackson has an episode that allowed him to truly feel like a dancer for the first time.

“Fred Astaire called me the day after Motown 25. He said, verbatim, “You move like the devil, boy. You put them all in a puddle yesterday.” I wrote it down yesterday and rewatched it this morning. You're just the devil." [When Gene Kelly said the same thing to me] I felt like I was introduced into an informal fraternity of dancers, and it was a huge honor, because these are the people I admire most in the world. nine0005


In addition to rope feet, spins, toe-stands and monster dancing, until the late 80's Jackson's big dance inventions were the groin grabs and the anti-grav tilt from the Smooth Criminal video. About the first in 1993, Oprah Winfrey asked him bluntly in a long interview: “Why are you always grabbing your groin? Do you have some problem?" Jackson, with a childish laugh, explained that he just listens to the music and does what it says: “It happens unconsciously. Dancers, they just interpret music and accompaniment. If there are basses, you yourself become a bass. If the strings - you become a string and the emotion that it expresses. So if I'm dancing and I'm like, bam, grab myself, I'm doing it because the music says so. I don’t think: so, but is it necessary to do this, otherwise the place is not the most successful. This happens by itself. Sometimes I look back at the records and think: did I really do this? nine0005

The week before the interview with Oprah, Jackson did a half-time show at the Super Bowl: now the dream of any artist in the world, but then the halftime of the most important sporting event in the United States, to which viewers left and did not always return. It so happened that at that moment not only Michael was needed by the Super Bowl, but also vice versa: Jackson remained a megastar and collected stadiums with the Dangerous tour, but the very music that he played: light, danceable, naive - already sounded a little outdated and receded under pressure grunge, alternative and hip-hop. nine0005

And Jackson delivered. In his autobiography, he wrote that he always gave the best work under pressure, and this was just such a case. For 12 minutes at the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, he showed a mashup of hits, and then, with the participation of the stands and 3,500 children who filled the field, he sang the humanitarian anthem Heal the World. As a result, TV ratings for the match rose during the break and remained high until the end, the Super Bowl break became one of the top shows on Earth, and Jackson regained the title of King of Pop and, in a sense, even anticipated YouTube. nine0005

Smooth Criminal is not so romantic. The 45-degree slope from there looks as luxurious as it is implausible - even for Michael Jackson.

The clip used threads and wires for support, and for live performances, Jackson patented a special shoe with ankle support, which was attached to the stage surface by a mechanism in the heel and allowed the dancer to shift the center of gravity from the feet, but remain on them. Sometimes, however, it failed - as, for example, in Moscow at 1996th (Jackson's second and last visit to Russia with a campaign for antiques and a meeting with Yuri Luzhkov).

The 90s were not the most glorious period in Jackson's life. He got married, got divorced, defended himself against accusations of pedophilia (he was not convicted, but the residue remained), waved a child from a balcony and turned suspiciously white (an autopsy confirmed that he really had vitiligo, not racism). So over the years, he went from an eccentric celebrity living at home with a boa constrictor, a llama and a chimpanzee, to a grotesque celebrity who walks in a mask, avoids any contact with the media, and is experiencing financial difficulties. Plus, he built a ranch that evoked the sinister Xanadu castle from Citizen Kane, even though it was for kids. nine0005

Jackson's star power from all the PR failures, however, did not suffer much, and when he went on a farewell tour in 2009, due to frenzied demand, the number of gigs on the London O2 was increased five times: from ten to an unimaginable 50. From this megalomaniac project, only one documentary about the rehearsals of This Is It came out, but its effect is even stronger because nothing came true.

The film begins with the selection of dancers for a concert troupe, and almost every member is crying when trying to explain what it means to him to dance next to Michael Jackson. nine0005

“Life is hard, isn't it? says a boy in a leather jacket over his naked body in a trembling voice. “And I kept looking for something that would give me meaning and hope and faith in something. I found Michael."


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