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Jackson in his prime channeling Sinatra and The Godfather

I’m a softy, but this positively brought me tears. I’d been thinking that this tribute stuff was going too far, and yeah he had a couple of good songs, but come on. And then I watched this, and the grief of his loss hit me hard. THIS artist, this man, this singer, in this clip is something really special. So much of a vocalist’s career is their choice of material. And here’s this gift-from-the-gods of a song-and-dance man, not only delivering the goods at the peak of his powers, but leaving his audience at the end of the night with

I’m starting with the man in mirror,
I’m asking him to change his ways,
And no message could have been any clearer,
If you want to make the world a better place,
Take a look at yourself, and make that change
.

To be able to enjoy this clip I had to train myself to look away for all the shots of fainting fans -- like muting the ads on your TV. Just look off screen, then The Man in The Video will be back on in a second and you don’t get distracted from the song or the performance.

This is a top athlete in his last prime season. It wasn’t long after this that, well, he had more little boys talking to the police than he had hits. But, Lord, look at him here! He had been thrust as a child into a world of packaged bubblegum soul. But James Brown was his idol, and he grew into his soul honestly.

What’s blessedly absent here are the over-the-top dance routines that distracted from his soulful vocal delivery. Here, he gives it The Full Sinatra – working it like the great singer he could be at his best.

If only this passionate love-lost little boy had friends lookin out for him, or if he’d even taken to heart these lyrics about looking at himself in the mirror and making a change. But all he kept changing was his nose to spite his life.

We’re left with learning the mistake the master could not master. From Tony Robbins to Oprah, the message of this song is all around us. And with any luck, even more will take it to heart now.

 

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MICHAEL JOSEPH JACKSON IS BEYOND THE STARS AND THE MOON AND THE RIVERS AND EVEN LIFE. HIS HEART WAS FULL OF JOY AND PEACE AND HARMONY. THERE IS NOT ONE WAY TO DESCRIBE THIS INCREDIBLE HUMAN BEING IN ONE LIFETIME. THE MAN NOT ONLY SHOCKED THE WORLD AND TOUCHED MORE PEOPLE'S HEARTS THAN SECRETS DID WITH HIS HIGHLIGHTS AND DOWNFALLS AS A HUMAN BEING. THE MAN IS OUT OF THIS WORLD AND WAY BEYOND HIS TIME. HIS MUSIC FOR ONE IS ONE OF A KIND AND HIS SKILLS OF DANCING AND DIRECTION ARE BEYOND THE UNIVERSE FOR A SOUL TO OBTAIN IN ONE MIND. HOW HE DID, LORD KNOWS???:::!!!! HIS EMOTIONAL CAPTURE OF HEARTS AND LOVE GIVEN FOR PEACHE AND HUMANITY IS BEYOND THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT TODAY. ONE DAY WE WILL ALL REALIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF THE MESSAGES THAT THIS INCREDIBLE SOUL PORTRAYED. I PERSONALLY WILL MISS HIM AND LOVE HIM VERY MUCH. HE WAS A HUMAN THAT SOUGHT TO CURE ALMOST ANY PAIN FROM ANYONE THAT HE FELT WAS OUT THERE IN THE WORLD. MICHAEL FROM ALL YOUR FANS FROM BUCHAREST WE LOVE YOU MORE THAN LIFE. YOU ARE MY HERO FOREVER. REST IN PEACE FOR AS YOU SAID LOVE LIVES FOREVER. MICHAEL JACKSON THANK YOU FOR YOUR LOVE. WE LOVE YOU FOREVER KING OF POP, THE MOONWALKER, AND THE SILENT KING OF PEACE AND GIVING. YOU WILL BE MISSED MORE THAN YOU WILL EVER KNOW MY HERO

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"Man in the Mirror"
Michael Jackson - Man in the Mirror.png
Single by Michael Jackson
from the album Bad
ReleasedJanuary 16, 1988
FormatCD single, 7" single, 12" single, cassette
RecordedMay 1987[1]
GenreR&B, gospel
Length5:19
5:00
LabelEpic
Writer(s)Siedah Garrett, Glen Ballard
Producer(s)Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson (co-producer)
Michael Jackson singles chronology

"Man in the Mirror" is a song recorded by Michael Jackson, written by Glen Ballard and Siedah Garrett and produced by Jackson and Quincy Jones. It peaked at number 1 in the United States when released in January 1988 as the fourth single from his seventh solo album, Bad. It is one of Jackson's most critically acclaimed songs and it was nominated for Record of the Year at the Grammy Awards. The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks. The song peaked at number 21 in the UK Singles Charts in 1988, but in 2009, following the news of Jackson's death, the song peaked at number 2, having re-entered the chart at 11 the previous week as his top song on the singles chart.[2] It also became the number 1 single in iTunes downloads in the US and the UK,[3] having sold over 1.3 million digital copies in the former alone.[4] The song was remixed for the soundtrack of Jackson's tribute tour Immortal.

Contents

  • 1 Composition
  • 2 Critical response
  • 3 Music video
  • 4 Chart performance
  • 5 Charts
    • 5.1 Weekly charts
    • 5.2 Year-end charts
  • 6 Live performances
  • 7 Track listing
  • 8 Sampling/remixes
  • 9 Personnel
  • 10 See also
  • 11 References
  • 12 External links

Composition

"Man in the Mirror" was composed by Glen Ballard and Siedah Garrett. Jackson added background vocals from Garrett, The Winans and the Andraé Crouch Choir, which gave the song its distinctive sound. The song is said to have been one of Jackson's favorite songs.[5] Arranged with a gospel choir, Jackson would use a gospel choir again several years later on his hit "Will You Be There". Siedah Garrett also sang Jackson's duet "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" in summer 1987. The song is played in the keys of G and G# Major at a tempo of 100bpm. The vocal range is Ab3-C6.[6]

The single sleeve for "Man in the Mirror" contained a dedication to Yoshiaki Ogiwara, a five-year-old boy from Takasaki, Gunma, Japan who was kidnapped for ransom and subsequently murdered in September 1987. The killing was highly traumatic to the Japanese public and to Jackson himself, who was touring Japan at the time and subsequently dedicated concerts in Osaka and Yokohama to the boy's memory.[7]

Critical response

"Man in the Mirror" is one of Michael Jackson's most critically acclaimed songs. When Ed Hogan reviewed the song, he called it "gentle."[8] Jon Pareles of The New York Times noted that this song has "gospelly lift."[9] Rolling Stone's Davitt Sigerson thought that "Man in the Mirror" stands among the half dozen best things Jackson has done, and he continued: "On "Man in the Mirror," a song he did not write, Jackson goes a step further and offers a straightforward homily of personal commitment: "I'm starting with the man in the mirror/I'm asking him to change his ways/And no message could have been any clearer/If you wanna make the world a better place/Take a look at yourself and then make a change.""[10]

Music video

One of the videos is a notable departure from Jackson's other videos mainly because Jackson himself does not appear in the video (aside from a brief clip toward the end of the video in which he can be seen donning a red jacket and standing in a large crowd). Instead, it featured a montage of footage from various major news events such as the nuclear explosion of Operation Crossroads, the Civil Rights March on Washington, John F. Kennedy and Robert Kennedy's assassinations, the Vietnam War, the Kent State shootings, the Iranian hostage crisis, Cesar Chavez, Solidarity's birth and growth, The Troubles, Ethiopian famine, increases in U.S. homelessness, Live Aid, the first Farm Aid with Willie Nelson, Jessica McClure's rescue, Salvadoran Civil War, Camp David Accords (with Anwar El Sadat, Menachem Begin and Jimmy Carter), INF Treaty signing (with Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan), and other notable people including Martin Luther King, John Lennon, Lech Wałęsa, Mother Teresa, Desmond Tutu, Mahatma Gandhi, Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela, Pieter Willem Botha, Muammar al-Gaddafi, the Ku Klux Klan, and Adolf Hitler.[11]

The Man in the Mirror music video was directed, produced and edited by Don Wilson. Don and Michael Jackson developed the idea for the video. Larry Stessel who was Video Commissioner at Epic Records at the time was the Executive Producer.

PCM Stereo music video version of this song was included on Number Ones, Michael Jackson's Vision, the Target version DVD of Bad 25, and the song's video that released on VHS in 1989.

An alternate live video was used as the opening song in Jackson's film Moonwalker with live audio and footage from several live performances of the song during the Bad World Tour.

Chart performance

"Man In The Mirror" was the 4th consecutive number-one single for Jackson's Bad in the United States. The single debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 48 on February 6, 1988, and reached number 1 by its 8th week on the chart, on March 26, 1988, where it remained for 2 weeks.

The song originally peaked at number 21 in the United Kingdom in 1988. However, following Jackson's death on June 25, 2009, "Man in the Mirror" re-entered the UK Singles Chart at number 11, and the following week the song peaked at number 2, held off by Cascada's "Evacuate the Dancefloor". The chart had also contained over 12 Michael Jackson songs in the Top 40. This song had been at top 100 for 15 consecutive weeks in this chart. In Australia the song originally charted at number 39. After the singer's death, the song re-entered the chart and peaked at number 8, much higher than its original release. It was also the top single in iTunes downloads in the US and the UK.[3] It has sold 567,280 copies in the UK as of January 2016.[12]

Live performances

Jackson performed a live, extended version of the song at the 1988 Grammy Awards. He also performed the song as the ending of the concert during the Bad World Tour's second leg, and regularly during the Dangerous World Tour. Live versions of the song are available on the DVDs Live at Wembley July 16, 1988 and Live in Bucharest: The Dangerous Tour. On July 16, 1996, Jackson also performed "Man in the Mirror" at the Royal Concert Brunei for the last time prior to the United We Stand benefit concert.

The instrumental introduction to the song was played at the end of Jackson's memorial service, while his casket was being carried out; followed by the appearance of a spotlight shining on a microphone on an empty stage. After a closing prayer that incorporated themes from the song, the spotlight remained shining on the lone microphone.[37] The song is also featured as the final number in Michael Jackson's This Is It.

Track listing

  • 12" and CD
  1. "Man in the Mirror" (single version) – 5:00
  2. "Man in the Mirror" (album version) – 5:19
  3. "Man In The Mirror" (instrumental) – 5:00
  • 7"
  1. Man in the Mirror (single version) - 5:00
  2. Man in the Mirror (instrumental) - 5:00
  • Video single
  1. Man in the Mirror (music video) - 5:00

Running time: 5 minutes 30 seconds

Sampling/remixes

  • 2006: The song is sampled by Brooklyn hip hop artist Papoose during the summer of that year on his song "Gonna Make a Change" from mixtape The Boyz in the Hood.[38] The song describes his rough upbringing and his struggles.
  • 2008: Chicago-based rapper Rhymefest freestyles over the instrumental version of "Man in the Mirror" with Michael Jackson singing the chorus and a part of the second verse. It released on his tribute mixtape Mark Ronson Presents: Man in the Mirror.[39][40]

Personnel

  • Written and composed by Siedah Garrett and Glen Ballard
  • Produced by Quincy Jones
  • Co-Produced by Michael Jackson
  • Michael Jackson: Solo & background vocals
    • Featuring Siedah Garrett, The Winans and The Andraé Crouch Choir
  • Ollie E. Brown: Clap
  • Dann Huff: Guitar
  • Greg Phillinganes: Keyboards
  • Glen Ballard, Randy Kerber: Synthesizers
  • Siedah Garrett: Background vocals
  • The Winans: Carvin, Marvin, Michael and Ronald Winans
    • Andrae Crouch and his Choir: Sandra Crouch, Maxi Anderson, Rose Banks, Geary Faggett, Vonciele Faggett, Andrew Gouche, Linda Green, Pattie Howard, Jean Johnson, Perry Morgan, Alfie Silas, Roberto Noriega
  • Rhythm arrangement by Glen Ballard and Quincy Jones
  • Synthesizer arrangement by Glen Ballard, Quincy Jones and Jerry Hey
  • Vocal arrangement by Andrae Crouch

See also

  • Man in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story, a 2004 TV film about Jackson's life. Starring Flex Alexander.

References

  1. ^ Michael Goldberg; David Handelman (September 24, 1987). "Is Michael Jackson For Real?". RollingStone. Retrieved February 20, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Michael Jackson tops album chart". BBC News. News.bbc.co.uk. June 29, 2009. Retrieved January 22, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Michael Jackson's music tops charts". CNN. Edition.cnn.com. July 1, 2009. Retrieved January 22, 2011. 
  4. ^ Paul Grein (September 23, 2010). "Chart Watch Extra: Songs From The Last Century". Chart Watch. Nielsen Business Media. Yahoo! Music. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  5. ^ Siedah Garrett on writing a song for Michael Jackson. YouTube. Retrieved July 31, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Michael Jackson: Man In The Mirror Sheet Music". Sheetmusicdirect.com. Aerostation Corporation. Retrieved July 31, 2013. 
  7. ^ Related by Casey Kasem on "American Top 40", week of February 27, 1988.
  8. ^ Ed Hogan. "Man in the Mirror review at Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved October 12, 2013. 
  9. ^ Jon Pareles (August 31, 1987). "POP: MICHAEL JACKSON'S 'BAD,' FOLLOW-UP TO A BLOCKBUSTER". The New York Times. Retrieved October 12, 2013. 
  10. ^ Davitt Sigerson (October 22, 1987). "Michael Jackson – Bad". Rolling Stone. Jann S. Wenner. Retrieved October 12, 2013. 
  11. ^ ""Man In The Mirror" short film (with photos and video)". Leaf & Letters (in Japanese). Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
  12. ^ Jones, Alan (15 January 2016). "Official Charts Analysis: Bieber continues to dominate Top 5 singles". Music Week. Intent Media. Retrieved 15 January 2016. (Subscription required (help)). 
  13. ^ bulion. "Forum - ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts - CHART POSITIONS PRE 1989, part 2". ARIA. Australian-charts.com. Archived from the original on September 29, 2013. Retrieved July 31, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Man In The Mirror - MICHAEL JACKSON". VRT (in Dutch). Top30-2.radio2.be. Archived from the original on April 9, 2012. Retrieved July 31, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Adult Contemporary - Volume 48, No. 1, April 23, 1988". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved July 31, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 47, No. 25, April 09 1988". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved July 31, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Michael Jackson – Man In The Mirror". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved July 31, 2013.
  18. ^ a b "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". IRMA. Archived from the original on January 5, 2010. Retrieved July 31, 2013.  Only results when searching "Man in the mirror"
  19. ^ "Indice per Interprete: J". HitParadeItalia (in Italian). Creative Commons. Retrieved July 31, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Michael Jackson - Man In The Mirror search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved July 31, 2013.
  21. ^ a b "Charts.org.nz – Michael Jackson – Man In The Mirror". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved July 31, 2013.
  22. ^ "MAN IN THE MIRROR - Michael Jackson". Nowe Media, Polskie Radio S.A. LP3.polskieradio.pl. Retrieved July 31, 2013. 
  23. ^ a b c "Michael Jackson: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
  24. ^ a b c d e f "Bad awards at Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved June 19, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Michael Jackson – Man In The Mirror". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved July 31, 2013.
  26. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Michael Jackson – Man In The Mirror" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved July 31, 2013.
  27. ^ "50 Back Catalogue Singles – 20 February 2010". Ultratop 50. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 31, 2013. 
  28. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Michael Jackson – Man In The Mirror". Tracklisten. Retrieved July 31, 2013.
  29. ^ "Michael Jackson - Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved July 31, 2013. 
  30. ^ "Japan Singles Chart". Achart.us. Retrieved July 31, 2013. [dead link]
  31. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Michael Jackson – Man In The Mirror" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved July 31, 2013.
  32. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Michael Jackson – Man In The Mirror". VG-lista. Retrieved July 31, 2013.
  33. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Michael Jackson – Man In The Mirror" Canciones Top 50. Retrieved July 31, 2013.
  34. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Michael Jackson – Man In The Mirror". Singles Top 100. Retrieved July 31, 2013.
  35. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Michael Jackson – Man In The Mirror". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved July 31, 2013.
  36. ^ "Top 100 Songs of 1988 - Billboard Year End Charts". Retrieved February 20, 2017. 
  37. ^ Michael Jackson Memorial Final Closing Prayer by Pastor Lucious Smith "Man in the Mirror" (Youtube video). CNN. YouTube. July 7, 2009. Retrieved January 22, 2011.  Note: The poster of the video added the segment of the song at the end of the video after the prayer.
  38. ^ "Papoose's Gonne Make That Change sample of Michael Jackson's Man in the Mirror". WhoSampled.com. Retrieved June 19, 2013. 
  39. ^ "Man In The Mirror REMIX - MICHAEL JACKSON Ft RHYMEFEST". YouTube. Retrieved July 31, 2013. 
  40. ^ DJ Pizzo (February 14, 2008). "Mark Ronson Presents Rhymefest – "Man In The Mirror" – @@@@ Hiphopsite.com". Hiphopsite.com. Retrieved June 19, 2013.  "Ronson teamed up with Chicago super-emcee Rhymefest for Man In The Mirror, a tribute album built upon samples from the King Of Pop himself, Michael Jackson."

External links

  • Official Music Video on YouTube
  • Glen Ballard biography
  • Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
   

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