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Friday, July 3, 2009

Michael Jackson - In the Closet [HQ]

"In the Closet" is a song by American rock, R&B and pop singer Michael Jackson from his 1991's Dangerous album. The song became that album's second number one R&B single and its third top ten pop single, hitting number six on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song, written by Jackson and Teddy Riley, is about keeping a relationship secret between lovers. It was also Jackson's effort to silence critics who questioned his sexuality. "In the closet" is an English idiom used when one is not open about an aspect of their life, particularly in regard to sexual orientation. Despite the song's suggestive name its lyrics do not allude to hidden sexual orientation but rather a concealed relationship; "Don't hide our love/ Woman to man." The New York Times stated, "Only Jackson would use that title for a heterosexual love song..." Rolling Stone described the number as "titillatingly titled" but "determinedly heterosexual." The single's music video, directed by Herb Ritts, features Jackson performing sensual and physically complicated dance techniques with supermodel Naomi Campbell. The song's female vocal was originally labeled "Mystery Girl" but was later revealed to be Princess St├ęphanie of Monaco. Campbell mimes the lyrics for the music video.

The song, with its heavy industrial-sounding percussion and uptempo arrangement, is typical of producer Teddy Riley's new jack swing style. The unique, Eastern-influenced backing vocals, reaching crescendo at middle eight imbue the song with an erotic edge usually missing from Jackson's music. His vocals are whispered and subdued for most of the song, embellished with gasps and shudders. It is generally considered one of his most provocative singles with lyrics that include "...And if it's aching, you have to rub it." However, this could also translate to his heart needing consoling. Only in the chorus is his typically soulful falsetto given free rein.

The song was not performed during Jackson's Dangerous World Tour, but a short version, with the intro of "She Drives Me Wild," was the third song of a medley including "Scream" and "They Don't Care About Us" during the HIStory World Tour. Princess St├ęphanie's spoken lines were replaced with Jackson's live speech for the sequence, during which his voice sounds much lower than it does in the track.


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