30 years ago this week, on January 2nd, 1983, "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson was released. It became one of the biggest singles of that year and an instant classic.
It is hard to believe that producer Quincy Jones "hated" this song so much that it almost didn't make it onto the "Thriller" album, along with a slew of Grammy wins the next year. It is rumored the song had to be mixed 91 times before we heard the version on the album. The song is rumored to be inspired by groupies that Michael and his brothers would run into on the road.
"Billie Jean" was also released shortly after as a music video. The format was fairly new and it was in MTV's early days where video and music actually ruled......as long as you were a white artist. John Cougar Mellencamp and David Bowie on live interviews on MTV brought up the fact of MTV not playing music videos by black artists but MTV stood with the stance that they are giving "Middle America" what they want, and according to MTV, it was not videos by black artists.
Walter Yetnikoff, the president of Michael's record label, CBS, serviced the video to MTV. MTV refused to play the music video, if you can believe that. Yetnikoff was about to go public with MTV's racism towards black artists and black music videos.
"I said to MTV, 'I'm pulling everything we have off the air, all our product. I’m not going to give you any more videos. And I'm going to go public and fucking tell them about the fact you don't want to play music by a black guy.'"-Yetnikoff 1982
MTV relented and added Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" along with Prince's "Little Red Corvette" to heavy rotation. Here it was. Finally. Black on our TV...and it was beautiful.
The music video for "Billie Jean" was different than any video that MTV played at the time. There was a high production value to it. Here was Michael in a bow-tie and rocking a tux jacket over his shoulder. Michael was being followed by a paparazzo while strolling through a neighborhood, all while the the sidewalk lit up with each step he took on it. "Billie Jean" was the music video that started Michael putting more into each video that came after like "Beat It" and "Thriller". Without "Billie Jean" and it's major MTV success, those videos are, quite simply, nothing.
"Billie Jean" was a song that was born to have a music video and the video 30 years later stands the test of time. The song however, had an even more powerful effect on the prominence of Michael Jackson to come for years. All because of one amazing performance.
The 25th Anniversary of Motown was upon us and Michael was given a spotlight moment and he made the most of it...and then some. The debut of a new dance move that Jackson coined the "Moonwalk" was performed that night. Michael performed to a background track of the song but his performance showed intensity by Michael. The black sequin suit with the one sequin white glove. For weeks, people were wondering what happened to the other glove. If he wore both, no one questions it. Wear one and it causes a weird fashion buzz.
It is quite interesting when you look back on MTV's stance of not wanting to play Jackson's "Billie Jean" because he was a black artist. Some may say, Michael Jackson made MTV. Over the years, his videos would debut on the network and with major hoopla surrounding it. Was MTV still feeling shameful for what they used to stand for or was it knowing that Michael Jackson video's were good for business?
We live in a world where Psy has the most watched YouTube video ever with "Gangnam Style" sitting at over a billion views while "Billie Jean" has just under 80 million and the Motown 25 performance under 50 million. Quite sad. Is it worse that artists like Michael Jackson and Prince had to fight to be on MTV 30 years ago so now rappers can be on the channel pouring Ciroc on girls butts instead of doing something creative with the video format?
"Billie Jean" was a landmark song and video that really catapulted Michael Jackson into super stardom. The song is still as fresh as it was 30 years ago and the video has aged very well. You can still play this song at the club and get a good response to it and see the white guy try to pull out a few MJ moves.....but still not be able to clap on the 2 n 4.-DocFB
Diagnosis: Don't Go Around Breakin' Young Girls Hearts.....
The couple that you just can't get enough of, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are featured in the new MTV Video Music Award commercial featuring host Kevin Hart.
Kevin wants to be a part of Kimye and thinks that they should call themselves "KevYeKim" and thinks Kanye is upset because his name is not first.
Kev then thinks they could just call themselves KKK and then asks if they have a white hoodie. Oh man.
"KKK. Let's March" Comedians are really pressing lately.
What do you think of the new MTV VMA commercial starring "KimKevYe"?
Will U be watching the VMA's?-DocFB
Angelique Sabrina, the singer of "Pull Up" and who MTV has called "The next Rihanna" has released how to do the pull up dance. Now, all you need is Kate Upton to do it and then everyone will be doing it.
The song gets its name from the unique dance that the Bahamas native created for the video, and now fans can learn the moves from Angelique herself in a new instructional clip. The music video for "Pull Up" was shot in Los Angeles and directed by Skee TV (The Game, T. Pain) and Fernando Cordero of Industrial Films (Mr. Big).
At only 14 years old, Angelique has already played in front of crowds as big as 20,000, and garnered attention from the likes of Grammy-award winner Rockwilder, whose credits include Jay-Z, Christina Aguilera, and Destiny's Child. "Angelique Sabrina records quickly and on-point like someone who has been doing this for a very long time," says the veteran producer. "She's the one. She's going to be huge."
Here is the instructional video below. Be careful...its long!!! You also may be repeating "open your legs"...a lot!-DocFB
Here is the site video premiere of "It's Time" by Imagine Dragons, a new band from Las Vegas.
KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records artists Imagine Dragons have been tapped by MTV as its PUSH artist of the week. Throughout the week, MTV will feature exclusive content including the premiere of the Las Vegas band’s new video for their current single "It's Time" across all of its television and digital platforms. “It’s Time” is rocketing up the Alternative Rock radio chart where it is currently positioned at No. 14. The track is the first single off Imagine Dragons latest EP Continued Silence, which is currently No. 6 on Soundscan’s Alternative New Artist Albums chart on Itunes.
We are digging the song with its catchy hook and the strings. The video doesn't exactly fit the song but it really works. The film location is a spot that people from L.A. may recognize on the way to Vegas.
“Any time I hear music, I also see visuals in my mind,” says Imagine Dragons’ lead singer Dan Reynolds of the video, which was shot on a dry lake bed in Barstow, CA. "’It's Time’ is an emotional song that was written at a very transitional period of my life. I've always loved conceptual videos that leave room for the viewer room to interpret it in a way that is most personal to them. That is what we tried to do with this video. The director had a great vision for representing the song’s meaning in a subtle way. We wanted the video to be cinematic and true to the song.”
We are digging the song. What do you think?-DocFB
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Britney Spears is close to signing a deal worth $16 million dollars to be a judge on Simon Cowell's X Factor. This is according to US Weekly who broke the story.
Britney Spears has been teasing about big news this week and the only thing that came was that MTV's "America's Best Dance Crew" will be performing "Womanizer" to close out the show Monday night. She also tweeted a photo from the Twister Dance shoot, which you can see above.
The Us Weekly source states: "No paperwork has actually been signed yet, but they finally came to terms,"
X Factor's people are denying the rumors. It was reported last month that Britney was offered $10 million to do the show.
Our friend Trent who runs PinkIsTheNewBlog is beyond excited. As he points out, the news is not official but he cannot hold back his excitement;
"This is HUGE HUGE HUGE! We get to see Britney on TV every week!!!!! X Factor, I love you! You have gained a very loyal and faithful fan in me and I’m sure LEGIONS of other people by securing Britney Spears to judge your show."
We are with you Trent big time. Now we just need Britney to tweet it already!-DocFB
The star of MTV's Awkward was on "Chelsea Lately" with Chelsea Handler talking about wanting to be a dumb blonde as an upcoming role.
Way to reach for the stars. They also talk about miniture horses and we wonder if Chuy wants one.-Dr.FB
Diagnosis: A Dumb Blonde...But Not Chelsea...
Adele took to the stage not with a million background dancers, not with any fireworks, but just her voice to perform "Someone Like You" at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Adele got a standing ovation for just putting the focus on music. Not her look, not her being provocative, but just for singing. It gave us a hope that perhaps video did not kill the radio star, but there is talent like Adele out there that is not image, that actually has substance. Adele is beautiful.
I listen to Adele and it gives me hope that there is real singers out there, just yearning to be heard. We need to take care of this woman. Not like what happened to Amy Winehouse. You know where I am coming from.
Check out "Someone Like You" by Adele at the MTV Video Music Awards.-Dr.FB
Diagnosis: The Real Winner At The VMA's....