Michael Jackson – Billie Jean (Leaping Ahead #288)

Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #288: 161014

[Song with a good video (8)]

The short film for “Billie Jean” is considered the video that brought MTV, until then a fairly new and unknown music channel, into mainstream attention. It was one of the first videos by a black artist to be aired regularly by the channel, as the network’s executives felt black music wasn’t “rock” enough. Directed by Steve Barron, the video shows a photographer who follows Jackson. The paparazzi never catches the singer, and when photographed Jackson fails to materialize on the developed picture. ‘Billie Jean’ was the second single from Jackson’s sixth studio album ‘Thriller’ released in 1982.

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