Throwback Thursday: Michael Jackson Charted At No. 1 With ‘Billie Jean’

By Nadia Noir

This week in history, 1983 to be exact, Michael Jackson went to number one on the Billboard Charts for seven weeks with “Billie Jean.”

In honor of that, here are five facts you might not know about the song “Billie Jean.”

  • Michael Jackson was so entranced by the idea for the song that he didn’t notice his Rolls-Royce caught fire while he was creating the song in his head.
  • Quincy Jones wasn’t into the intro or the bassline of “Billie Jean” and didn’t want it on Jackson’s album.
  • According to NME, Jackson “sang the vocals into a six foot long cardboard tube.”
  • “Billie Jean” launched the “Michael Jackson-era” and the idea that music videos were necessary for success as a commercial artist.
  • The UPC bar code on the album cover apparently had seven digits that were rumored to be Jackson’s telephone number.

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