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The song was released by Epic Records on November 11,as the first single from his eighth studio album, Dangerous. He co-wrote, composed, and produced it with Bill Bottrell. The song is a fusion of pop Seems You Forgot - C.E.B. - Countin Endless Bankdance and hip hop. It stayed there for a total of seven weeks. Jackson became the first artist to have number one hits in the s, Black Or White - Racine And The Royal Symphony - A Tribute To Michael Jackson and s with the song.
It was the best-selling single worldwide of The video was directed by John Landiswho previously directed Thriller. It was co-choreographed by Jackson and Vincent Love, Let Loved And Be Loved - Various - Monster Soul Tempo 4 The Believers. It premiered simultaneously in 27 countries, with an audience of million viewers, the most ever for a music video.
An alternate version was first heard by Sony executives on a plane trip to Neverland, as the third track of the promotional CD acetate.
It began to be promoted on radio stations the first week of November in New York and Los Angeles. The song has elements of dancehip hop and hard rock music such as Bill Bottrell's guitars and Jackson's vocal style.
Slash's guitar playing is actually heard in the skit that precedes the album version of the song   and he did play the main riff during live performances of the song.
To prepare the audience for the special occasion of the televised premiere of the "Black or White" video, Epic records released the song without the accompanying images to radio stations just two days in advance. In a period of twenty-four hours, "Black or White", described by the record company as "a rock 'n' roll dance song about racial harmony", had been added to the playlists of 96 percent of of the United States of America's Top 40 radio stations. Reviews of the song were generally favorable.
David Browne praised: "He still knows how to fashion a hook that will take up permanent residence in your brain away from its video, Black or White is spare and effortless "  Rolling Stone ' s Allan Light in his Dangerous review, compares the song unfavourably to " Beat It ": "Neither this slow-burn solo nor the Stones-derived riff on 'Black or White' offers the catharsis of Eddie Van Halen's blazing break on 'Beat It'".
In the UK, it reached number 14, and in Ireland, number The promotional single also surprisingly peaked at number 18 in Australia. The first few minutes of the video feature an extended version of the song's intro. During this interlude sometimes compared to Marty Callner's " We're Not Gonna Take It " video for Twisted Sister  an year-old kid Macaulay Culkin is dancing to rock music in his bedroom at night, causing four baseball team bobbleheads from left to right, the Giantsthe Piratesthe Dodgersand the Rangers to bobble.
This attracts the attention of his grouchy father George After Pandora - MyGlassWorld* - The Year Of Happywho furiously scolds him to stop playing the music and go to bed. The album version of the song does not feature Culkin's nor Wendt's voice; they are replaced by voice actors performing a similar intro. The boy's father crashes in Africa, and Jackson sings "Black or White", surrounded by various cultures scene-by-scene.
The video shows scenes in which African Zulu hunters begin dancing by using moves from Southern African dance [ dubious — discuss ]with Jackson following their moves and them mirroring his; as do, in sequence, traditional Thai dancersPlains Native Americans located at the Vasquez Rocks formation in Californiaan Odissi dancer from India and a group of Russians  wearing Ukrainian clothing and dancing Hopakthe last scene of which is contained in a snowglobe two babies one white and one black are playing with.
Jackson walks through visual collages of fire defiantly declaring "I ain't scared of no sheets; I ain't scared of nobody"referring to KKK torch ceremonies before a mock rap scene shared with Culkin and other children including Mark Pugh and David Shelton of Another Bad Creation. At the end of the song, several different people, of differing races and nationalities, including actor Glen Chinmodel Tyra Banksactress Khrystyne Hajeand actor Jeffrey Anderson-Gunterdance as they morph into one another shown as "talking heads".
The morphing visual effects were created by Pacific Data Images. After his damage, he re-emerges into the black panther. Unfortunately, Homer yells at him to "Turn off that noise! Controversy was generated concerning the last four minutes of the original music video. Jackson walks out of the studio as a black panther and then morphs into himself.
The scene is also very similar to that of a commercial Jackson appeared in for L. Gear in This part contained sexually suggestive scenes when Jackson starts to grab his crotch,  and then zips his pants up. In the original version, Jackson is seen smashing windows,  destroying a car and causing an inn called the "Royal Arms" to explode. Jackson later apologized saying that the violent and suggestive behavior was an interpretation Black Or White - Racine And The Royal Symphony - A Tribute To Michael Jackson the animal instinct of a black panther, and MTV and other music video networks removed the last four minutes from subsequent broadcasts.
The version included in the boxed set Michael Jackson's Vision is the aired, televised version without the graffiti, and does not include the "prejudice is ignorance" title card. To date, the uncut version has generally been seen in the United States on MTV2 only between the hours of andas part of their special uncensored airing of the "Most Controversial Music Videos" of all time.
The extended version is also available on Jackson's DVDs. It was still shown in its entirety for some years in Europe. MTV Classic have continued to air the full video post-watershed and recently aired in September The first version made available in the iTunes Store contains neither the panther scene nor The Simpsons ' cameo, and is cut after the morphing sequence.
Starting inNocturne Video Productions began playing the "Panther Segment" of the video as an interlude during Michael's Dangerous world tour. The clip is 20 seconds shorter than the original, omitting all the violence and the sexually suggestive scenes. The music video, particularly the "Panther Segment", have been referenced or parodied by television shows and artists. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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