Michael Jackson Autograph Billie Jean Single from “Thriller” signed “To Joe” in blue pen.
Michael Jackson Autograph. Billie Jean – is a song by American singer Michael Jackson. It is the second single from the singer’s sixth solo album, Thriller (1982). It was written and composed by Jackson. There are contradictory claims on the meaning of the song’s lyrics. One suggests that they are derived from a real-life experience. Which a female fan claimed that Jackson (or one of his brothers) had fathered one of her twins. However, Michael stated that “Billie Jean” was based on groupies he had encountered. The standard drum beat heard in the beginning, the repetition of “Billie Jean is not my lover” towards the end of the song and Michael Jackson’s vocal hiccups. The song was mixed 91 times by audio engineer Bruce Swedien before it was finalized.
The song became a success; it was one of the best-selling singles of 1983 and is one of the best-selling singles worldwide. The song topped both the US and UK charts simultaneously. In other countries, it topped the charts of Switzerland. Reached the top ten in Austria, Italy, New Zealand, Norway and Sweden. “Billie Jean” was certified platinum by the RIAA in 1989. Rolling Stone magazine placed the song in the 58th spot on its list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Awarded numerous honours—including two Grammy Awards. One American Music Award, and an induction into the Music Video Producers Hall of Fame. The song and corresponding music video helped propel Thriller to the status of best-selling album of all time. Jackson’s Emmy-nominated performance on Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever, in which Jackson premiered his “moonwalk”, helped to popularize the song. Covered by modern artists, “Billie Jean” sealed Michael Jackson’s status as an international pop icon.