Man in the Mirror Introduction
Sadly, in the years after the release of Bad, Jackson was increasingly known more for his controversial and contradictory public image than for his brilliant pop music. There is definitely some poetry to the fact that "Man in the Mirror," recorded at the peak of Jackson's career, is a song about an individual struggling to reconcile himself to society, self-image, and personal responsibility (although, notably, the words were written by a woman). Seen in the context of the rest of Jackson's life, what might have been a simple, sincere song about self-improvement becomes a web of complicated questions about the relationships of individuals to society and pop stars to their public images.
About the Song
|Artist||Michael Jackson||Musician(s)||Michael Jackson (solo & background vocals); 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 (background vocals); Andrae Crouch and The Andrae Crouch Choir: Sandra Crouch, Maxi Anderson, Rose Banks, Geary Faggett, Vonciele Faggett, Andrew Gouche, Linda Green, Francine Howard, Jean Johnson, Perry Morgan, Alfie Silas (background vocals); rhythm arrangement by Glen Ballard and Quincy Jones; synthesizer arrangement by Glen Ballard, Quincy Jones and Jerry Hey; vocal arrangement by Andrae Crouch|
|Writer(s)||Glen Ballard, Siedah Garrett|
|Producer(s)||Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson|
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On the Charts"Man in the Mirror" topped the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks in early 1988. The song it knocked out of the top spot was Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" (of latter-day rickrolling fame).
After Jackson's death in 2009, "Man in the Mirror" hit number 1 in the UK R&B Charts, and peaked at number 2 on the U.S. Hot Billboard Digital chart.
The song was nominated for a Best Record Grammy Award in 1989, losing out top honors to Bobby McFerrin's "Don't Worry, Be Happy."
Bad had the highest number of singles (5) to hit #1 in the Billboard 100 from a single album, beating out even Jackson's previous hit record, Thriller.
Bad was the best-selling album of 1988 worldwide.
Michael Jackson performed before 4.4 million people, the largest tour audience ever at that time, during his 16-month Bad tour. The tour broke a Guinness World Record for best-attended concert series when Jackson played for a combined total of 504,000 people over seven straight sold-out shows at London's Wembley Stadium.