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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Michael Jackson - You Are Not Alone [HQ]

"You Are Not Alone", released in August 1995, is the second single from Michael Jackson's album HIStory. The song was the singer's final Number 1 single of his career in the United States. The R&B ballad was officially written by R. Kelly in response to difficult times in his personal life. He then forwarded a bare demo tape to Jackson, who liked the song and decided to co-produce it with Kelly. Jackson's interest in the song was also linked to recent event's in his personal life; highly publicized allegations of child sexual abuse and his recent marriage to Lisa Marie Presley.
The vast majority of critical reaction to "You Are Not Alone" was positive, although it did not attain unanimous praise. The song was the recipient of Grammy and American Music Award nominations. The corresponding music video, which featured Jackson and his wife was also notable for its scenes of semi nudity.
Commercially, the song was a significant success. It holds a Guinness World Record as the first song in the 37 year history of the Billboard Hot 100 to debut at number one; it was later certified platinum by the RIAA. The song peaked highly in all major markets. In 2007, a court ruled that Kelly had plagiarized another song while making "You Are Not Alone". The verdict and consequences are only recognized in Belgium.

The music video was directed by Wayne Isham and begins with a large number of paparazzi taking photographs of Jackson. The plot then centers around two locations: a temple where Jackson appears in an affectionate semi-naked scene with his then wife Lisa Marie Presley and a theater where Jackson performs the song to an empty hall. Jackson also appears alone in other locations such as deserts and mountain tops. It is the first high profile video where Jackson's hair is cut relatively short. The slightly extended version that appeared on HIStory on Film, Volume II was notable for a scene where Jackson appeared as a guardian angel over his wife, special effects were used to give Jackson white feathery wings. The initial scene of the temple is a replica of Maxfield Parrish’s Daybreak.
Jackson originally appeared in complete nudity, but just before the video aired a decision was made to use special effects to remove or cover these aspects.
Despite giving the song a positive review, Taraborrelli said of the video, "The only problem with 'You Are Not Alone' was the bizarre video for it, in which Michael and Lisa Marie frolic about semi-nude against an ethereal backdrop...The semi-nudity made no sense and was a bit disconcerting; one wished they would put their clothes back on". Afterward Presley expressed regret about doing the video, saying she was "sucked up in the moment. It was kind of cool being in a Michael Jackson video. Come on!".


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