Sources: Billboard – By Gary Trust | All Things Michael
Hard rock band Shaman’s Harvest debuts on the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart at No. 36 with a familiar title, although one not generally associated with the genre: its cover of Michael Jackson‘s 1988 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 “Dirty Diana.”
“There wasn’t really a big plan to [record ‘Diana’], it but it was a song we really liked,” says Shaman’s Harvest lead singer Nathan Hunt. “We needed another song on the [Smokin’ Hearts & Broken Guns] record, so we decided to throw it on there.”
While the late icon boasts 13 No. 1s each on the Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, other rock acts have remade his classics. Among them, Alien Ant Farm transformed “Smooth Criminal” into a four-week Alternative No. 1 in 2001 and Fall Out Boy‘s cover of “Beat It,” featuring John Mayer, hit No. 19 on the Hot 100 in 2008.
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