Liberian Girl: When Michael Jackson Outdid Taylor Swift

Sources: Digital Spy – By Matt Hill | All Things Michael

MICHAEL JOSEPH JACKSON (Aug. 29, 1958 - Jun. 25, 2009) American recording artist, entertainer, and businessman – the 'King of Pop.' Seventh child of the Jackson family, he debuted on the professional music scene at the age of 11 as a member of The Jackson 5. Solo career in 1971.  Five of his solo studio albums are among the world's best-selling records: Off the Wall (1979), Thriller (1982), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991) and HIStory (1995). Jacko's MTV videos were legendary, such as 'Beat It', 'Billie Jean', 'Thriller', 'Black or White' and 'Scream' - credited for transforming the music video into an art form. Jackson popularized a number of physically complicated dance techniques, such as the robot and the moonwalk. Distinctive musical sound and vocal style influenced hip hop, pop and contemporary R&B artists. Personal life, included his changing appearance and behavior, generated significant controversy, damaging his public image. 1993 and 2005, accused of child sexual abuse, Jackson was not charged in 93 and acquitted in 2005. Jackson married twice and fathered three children. 13 Grammy Awards, 13 number one singles in his solo career - more than any other male artist and the sales of over 750 million albums worldwide. PICTURED: 1989 - Los Angeles - Michael during the filming of 'Liberian Girl' at the Chaplin stage A&M studio's in LA.

So the world’s gone crazy for Taylor Swift‘s much-anticipated, celebrity-laden ‘Bad Blood’ video, with just the 18 famous chums along to sell the clip.

Very impressive indeed, but there was a time, before Taylor was born – but the same year, no less – when celebrity music-video entourages rolled even deeper.

In fact, the then-King of Pop, Michael Jackson, roped in more than 30 of his most famous friends to loiter on a film lot waiting for him just to turn up for the ‘Liberian Girl’ video in 1989.

Yeah, rocking a gang of butt-kicking BFFs is all well and good nowadays, but the real sign of fame in the Eighties was who would turn up to a party if you weren’t even there.

The full cast list, surely the most OTT in music-video history, reads as a who’s who of Eighties film and TV royalty: Steven Spielberg, John Travolta, Dan Aykroyd, Carl Weathers, Whoopi Goldberg, Debbie Wilson, Corey Feldman, Olivia Newton-John, Danny Glover, Steve Guttenberg, ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic, Rosanna Arquette, Billy Dee Williams, Lou ‘Incredible Hulk’ Ferrigno, David Copperfield, Brigitte Nielsen, Jackie Collins, Lou Diamond Phillips, Suzanne Somers, Paul Abdul, a very young Mayim Bialik and even Don King.

How many did you spot? And how many of them are still in regular employment?

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10 thoughts on “Liberian Girl: When Michael Jackson Outdid Taylor Swift

  1. Michae jackson is the most decorated artist ever taylor cant hold his umbrella an Mike started that all star video stuff …all his videos have some one great in them …i think its disrespectful for her to dare to challenge him

    • Me too. Michael always admired other artists, but he never said that he wanted to beat or challenge anyone. He just did his thing. He was always very respectful of other artists and people in general. I wish he could get the same respect. #Respectalegend

  2. National archives. Good one! LOL.

    She really said she was surpassing/or going to surpass Michael? R u serious?

  3. What I find interesting is that as I watched TS’s video last night I kept seeing Michael. The black leather and buckles, blowing the white dust in another’s face, falling thru crashing windows, the Scream feel of the set starting around 2:40, the “hah” at 2:06, even the name BAD blood. It was so obvious to me that I kept wondering – is she deliberately doing this, unaware, tributing Michael or what??

    To give full disclosure, I am not a TS fan and wish the record industry wld stop fawning over her but that’s just me. I found the video pointless and violent esp spiking the teddy bear with a knife. WTH??

    Anyway, that’s enough of my rant. Where’s MJ when we need him????

    • I feel the same way about the whole thing. She was talking about it being her Thriller and surpassing him. I’m like really? Nothing I saw last night on her video even comes close to passing Michael as far as quality or entailment value. If BB gets in the National Archives like Thriller, then she can brag. The only way that will happen is if they cheat for her to get in like they do for today’s artist with album stats.

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