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1 May, 6 tweets, 2 min read
Tabloid Junkie #HIStoryStreamingParty
Another of my most favourite Michael Jackson tracks. New Jack Swing meets Funk Pop with lyrics that pertain to media bias and negative coverage of about his personal life...
Similar in lyrical style to the amazing “Leave Me Alone” from the 80’s and jaw dropping “Why You Wanna Trip On Me” from the early 90s "Tabloid Junkie" opens simply with “In the News today from the strange and weird fact-file, Singer Michael Jackson Sleeps in an oxygen chamber…”
Ultimately, he’s stating that we shouldn’t believe everything we read, the media is just making money from fake news stories. This was before the Internet had evolved into the cesspit it is today, 11 years before twitter even started lol!
Throughout most of his tracks, Michael beatboxes and adds his own sounds, this goes way back to “Workin’ Day Night” from Off The Wall (1979)...
(See more about that here nme.com/blogs/nme-blog…)
In Tabloid Junkie, his raspy vocal come right to the front, while his beatboxing spins through your head, left to right then breaks into a beautiful harmony in the chorus. This song is better suited for a surround experience rather than stereo.

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3 May
#MichaelJackson - Blood On The Dance Floor reached #1 in the UK chart 24 years ago today.

A retrospective 👇 #Thread with links, interviews, videos and remixes. #Music #MJFam

Producer @TeddyRiley1 was working on the track in June '90, missing a b'day party for a friend. That evening Riley learned someone was shot on the dance floor at the party. At the time, the rhythm he was working on was aggressive & menacing no words, no title, & no melody.
Jackson listened carefully to the tapes Riley brought with him and instantly loved what he heard. The tracks used different chords than he was accustomed to. The rhythms were fresh and edgy. The beats swung with velocity and hit like sledgehammers.
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This thread 👇 contains the tweet contributions I've posted to the #HIStoryStreamingParty event. Organised and consolidated for ease of access. Thank you @MJChartData for organising this and helping fans connect with with each other.
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1 May
#HIStoryStreamingPartyREMIXED SCREAM REMIXES 👇 #HIStoryStreamingParty Add your own with the #HIStoryStreamingPartyREMIXED Hashtag
Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson - Scream (80s Mix) via @Eulonzo
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#HIStoryStreamingPartyREMIXED #HIStoryStreamingParty
Michael Jackson ft. Janet Jackson - Scream Louder To The Injustice
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1 May
Smile #HIStoryStreamingParty
"Smile" is based on the soundtrack for Charlie Chaplin's 1936 movie Modern Times. Chaplin composed the music, & John Turner / Geoffrey Parsons added lyrics in 1954. Michael cited "Smile" as his favourite song...
..it was scheduled to be released as the seventh and final single but it was cancelled at the last minute and only a few copies, mostly promos, went into circulation making it one of the rarest and most collectible of all of Michael’s.
It’s lyrics, based on lines and themes from the film, the singer is telling the listener to cheer up and that there is always a bright tomorrow, just as long as they smile. Given how introspective and autobiographical this album is, “Smile” bookends the album perfectly..
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1 May
HIStory #HIStoryStreamingParty
Containing historical compositions & historical audio quotes, dispersed throughout the track included quotes from Michael in 1970, samples "Beethoven Lives Upstairs" & "The Great Gate of Kiev" (on the original pressing)
With lyrics containing "He got kicked in the back" & "Keep daring to motivate" Michael Jackson reflects on his recent events then creates an anthem "Every day create your history" "Every path you take you're leaving your legacy"

A bold statement.
Audio quotes sampled: "Charles Lindbergh Report", "Robert Kennedy Eulogy", "Farewell to Baseball", "I Have a Dream". The song suggests we should all live our life right, consider what we're making of ourselves, it’s similar in lyrical style...
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1 May
My favorite Michael Jackson track now, 2 BAD #HIStoryStreamingParty

2 Bad (Released as part of Ghosts from his follow up Remix Album “Blood On The Dancefloor: History In The Mix”)...
“2 Bad” deals with themes of alienation and judgement. Self declaring at the intro as the King Of Pop, the song confronts his accusers, his gritty voice raises its volume and declares “You’re disgustin’ me !"...
This is in direct response to people who have harmed him, people who have extorted money from him, even people who simply judge him..
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