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Encyclopedia > Human Nature (Michael Jackson song)
"Human Nature"
"Human Nature" cover
Single by Michael Jackson
from the album Thriller
B-side(s) "Baby Be Mine"
Released July 1983
Format 7"
Recorded 1982
Genre R&B/Soul/Pop
Length 4:06 (album version)

3:45 (single version) Image File history File links Mjhm. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958), commonly known as MJ as well as the King of Pop, is an American musician, entertainer, and pop icon whose successful career and controversial personal life have been a part of pop culture for the last three decades. ... Alternate cover Special Edition release cover. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... In music, a single is a short (usually ten minutes or less) record, usually featuring one or two tracks as A-sides, often accompanied by several B-sides—usually remixes or other songs. ... See also: 1982 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1982 Record labels established in 1982 list of years in music // January 15 - K.C. and the Sunshine Bands Harry Wayne Casey is seriously injured in an automobile accident in Miami, Florida. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Rhythm and blues (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... For popular forms of music in general, see Popular music. ...

Label Epic Records
Writer(s) Steve Porcaro and John Bettis
Producer(s) Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones
Peak chart positions
Michael Jackson singles chronology
"Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'"
(1983)
"Human Nature"
(1983)
"Happy"
(1983)
Thriller track listing
"Billie Jean"
(6)
"Human Nature"
(7)
"P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)"
(8)

Human Nature is a single released by Michael Jackson from his 1982 hit album, Thriller. Human Nature was released as the fifth of seven singles released from Thriller. The song peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1983. The song would also peak at #27 on the Billboard Black Singles charts (which has since evolved into the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs) and reach #2 on the Adult Contemporary charts. Despite not having had a music video produced for the song, given MTV's influence on sales for the Thriller album, it remains a hit for many of Jackson's listeners and fans due to the soft nature of the song and its lyrical content. This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Epic Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Sony BMG. // Epic was launched originally as a jazz and classical music label in 1953 by CBS. Its bright-yellow, black and blue logo became a familiar trademark for many jazz and classical releases. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Steve Porcaro is a keyboardist and composer who was an original member of the rock/pop band, Toto. ... John Bettis is a lyricist who has co-written many famous popular songs over the years. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958), commonly known as MJ as well as the King of Pop, is an American musician, entertainer, and pop icon whose successful career and controversial personal life have been a part of pop culture for the last three decades. ... Quincy Delightt Jones Jr. ... // A record chart, also known as a music chart, is a method of ranking music according to popularity during a given period of time. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958), commonly known as MJ as well as the King of Pop, is an American musician, entertainer, and pop icon whose successful career and controversial personal life have been a part of pop culture for the last three decades. ... Thriller track listing Wanna Be Startin Somethin (1) Baby Be Mine (2) HIStory track listing Dont Stop Til You Get Enough (13) Wanna Be Startin Somethin (14) Heal the World (15) Wanna Be Startin Somethin is a 1983 single released from Michael Jacksons multi-platinum selling 1982 album... Alternate cover Special Edition release cover. ... This article is about the Michael Jackson song. ... P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) is a song on Michael Jacksons 1982 hit album Thriller. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958), commonly known as MJ as well as the King of Pop, is an American musician, entertainer, and pop icon whose successful career and controversial personal life have been a part of pop culture for the last three decades. ... See also: 1982 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1982 Record labels established in 1982 list of years in music // January 15 - K.C. and the Sunshine Bands Harry Wayne Casey is seriously injured in an automobile accident in Miami, Florida. ... Alternate cover Special Edition release cover. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... See also: 1983 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1983 Record labels established in 1983 // Michael Jacksons Thriller, the most successful album not only of 1983, but of all time, was released in 1982 and began its epic domination of the music charts the following year, 1983. ... Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, formerly known as Top Soul Singles, Top Black Singles, and Top R&B Singles (before the hip-hop term was added in the late 1990s), is a chart released weekly by Billboard in the United States. ... Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, formerly known by various names including Hot Soul Singles, Hot Black Singles, and Hot R&B Singles (before the hip-hop term was added in the late 1990s), is a chart released weekly by Billboard in the United States. ... The Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart (formerly known as Adult Contemporary Singles and only Adult Contemporary) lists the most popular songs weekly calculated by airplay and occasionally sales. ... A music video is a short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music, most commonly a song. ... MTV (Music Television) is an American cable television network based in New York City. ...


Whilst talking about his Thriller album in his book Moonwalk, Jackson mentions that "Human Nature is "music with wings". He also says that people asked him about the lyrics. Jackson replied with "People often think the lyrics have some special personal significance...which often isn't true...it's important to reach people, to move them...sometimes one can do this with the mosaic of the music melody arrangement and lyrics...sometimes it is the intellectual context of the lyrics". Jackson and "Q" (Quincy Jones) both believed that "Human Nature" had the prettiest melody that they had heard by far. Alternate cover Special Edition release cover. ...


Human Nature was also part of the set list for Jackson's tours from his Victory Tour in 1984 to his Dangerous tour during 1992-1993. The song was not used during Jackson's HIStory tour, but did a one-off performance in his 1996 Royal Brunei concert. The Victory Tour was a music tour of the United States and Canada by The Jacksons that started July 6, 1984 and ended December 9, 1984. ... Beginning at the Olympic Stadium on June 27, 1992 in Munich, Germany the “Dangerous” tour was the biggest tour any performer had done, breaking his own record from the preceding “Bad” tour. ... The HIStory World Tour was a music tour by Michael Jackson that started September 7, 1996 in Prague and ended October 15, 1997. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ...


The song was used as part of a video montage of his greatest hits for his 1988 motion picture Moonwalker. Because there was never a video produced for the song, footage created instead is animated in very pale colors and shows Michael wandering through the streets. // Michael Jacksons first film was Moonwalker Rain Man, starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise Who Framed Roger Rabbit, starring Bob Hoskins Coming to America, starring Eddie Murphy Big, starring Tom Hanks Twins, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito Crocodile Dundee II Die Hard, starring Bruce Willis The Naked Gun... For other uses, see moonwalk. ...


The song was also used as background music on Channel 4 during the 1990s when the channel was off air during the night. This article is about the British television station. ...


The Human Nature single was never released in the UK, perhaps hindering the song's further potential for success.

Contents

Cover Versions and Other Usage

Human Nature" was covered by the late jazz saxophonist George Howard in 1984. A year later Miles Davis included a cover version of the song on his album, "You're Under Arrest." He would also play it in most of his concerts for the remainder of his life.[1] Boyz II Men included a cover of the song on their 2004 album, "Throwback, Vol. 1." This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Front cover artwork Youre Under Arrest is a 1985 album recorded by Miles Davis that saw Miles mix pop tunes with political statements about racism, pollution and war. ... Boyz II Men is an American R&B/soul singing group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... Throwback, Vol. ...


In 1993, the song was sampled/semi re-made by the R&B group SWV. Released as "Right Here (Human Nature) ," the song reached number one R&B and number two Pop on the Billboard charts in the summer of that year. Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... SWV, also known as Sisters With Voices, is an American female R&B trio from New York that formed as three school friends in 1990: Cheryl Coko Gamble-Clemons (born June 13, 1974), Tamara Taj Johnson-George (born April 1974), and Leanne Lelee Lyons (born July 17, 1973). ... Right Here / Human Nature is the title of a number-one R&B single by group SWV, it samples Michael Jacksons hit Human Nature. ... The Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, formerly known as Top Soul Singles, Top Black Singles, and Top R&B Singles (before the hip-hop term was added in the late 1990s), is a chart released weekly by Billboard in the United States. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... It has been suggested that Billboard be merged into this article or section. ...


The song was also sampled heavily for Nas's song "It Ain't Hard to Tell." For other uses, see Nas (disambiguation). ... It Aint Hard To Tell is a 1994 hip hop single by Nas. ...


There is an Australian band called Human Nature, who coicincidently toured with Michael Jackson in the late 90's and also covered part of the song for the opening credit of their Here & Now: The Best Of Human Nature Music DVD, using the line; "Tell 'em that it's Human Nature". Human Nature is an Australian boy band and pop vocal group. ...


Track Listing

  1. "Human Nature" – listed as 4:06;actually runs 3:45
  2. "Baby Be Mine" – 4:20

Credits

  • Written and composed by Steve Porcaro and John Bettis
  • Synthesizer and synthesizer programming: David Paich
  • Guitar: Steve Lukather
  • Drums: Jeff Porcaro
  • Percussion: Paulinho Da Costa
  • Emulator: Michael Boddicker
  • Arrangement by David Paich, Steve Porcaro and Steve Lukather

After seeing a Fairlight CMI at a convention in 1979, E-mu founders Scott Wedge and Dave Rossum began working on designing a less expensive sampler. ...

External links

  • "Human Nature" live at Brisbane, Australia in 1987
  • "Human Nature" video from Moonwalker on YouTube
  • Excellent review of "Human Nature" by Matthew Milam and other fans' comments
  • "Human Nature" at Songfacts
  • Michael Jackson Collection - Human Nature

 
 

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