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Dirty Diana

by

Michael Jackson



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Jackson wrote this song, which like his hit "Billie Jean," is about a particularly aggressive groupie. When Jackson was interviewed by Barbara Walters, he explained: "I wrote a song called 'Dirty Diana.' It was not about Lady Diana. It was about a certain kind of girls that hang around concerts or clubs, you know, they call them groupies. I've lived with that all my life. These girls... they do everything with the band, you know, everything you could imagine."

Recalling a concert in London where Jackson met Princess Diana, he added: "I took it out of the show in honor of her royal highness. She took me away and she said, Are you going to do 'Dirty Diana'? So, I said, 'No I took it out of the show because of you.' She said, 'No! I want you to do it. Do the song. And she told me it was an honor to meet me. And I said, 'It's an honor to meet you.'"
The guitar solo was performed by Steve Stevens, who was Billy Idol's guitar player.
When this went to #1 in the US, Jackson became the first and only artist with 5 #1 hits from the same album. The previous 4 were "I Just Can't Stop Loving You," "Bad," "The Way You Make Me Feel," and "Man In The Mirror."
The model in the video who played Dirty Diana was Lisa Dean, who also appeared in the video for "Round And Round" by Ratt. She passed away in Los Angeles December 1, 2009 from colon cancer. (thanks, jennifer - malibu, CA)
In an interview for the special edition release of the Bad album, Jackson's producer Quincy Jones said this song was "in the spirit of 'Killing Me Softly With His Song.'" He says that Jackson's flair for drama comes into play in this song, as he was a very theatrical songwriter and performer.
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Comments (59):

Isabelle, montreal, QC: Why are you getting angry? I think Diana was just kidding. What counts is that she loves Michael Jackson.
- Jaya, New Delhi, India
Diana Trenton from NJ : Oh, who are you to claim this? So you know the man personnaly? Don't come here being a parrot and repeating what you've read in your dirty tabloids. Don't be an ignorant sheep, please.

You only show your ignorance to the world---and you are humiliating yourself. Judging people and insulting them, including Mr.Jackson, is not just disrespectful : it's stupid. AND irrevelant on this MUSIC site.
- Isabelle, montreal, QC
Katy Perry just recently tied Michael with 5 number 1's from the same album with her 2nd album Teenage Dream. Not that I compare the two albums or artists.
- Paul, Frankfort, IL
Am I the only one who thinks he stole (lyrics-wise) from "Jane Is A Groupie" by Sly And the Family Stone?

Don't get me wrong - I love this (both) song(s)...
- Katie, Vienna, Austria
This song was totally about me even though I wasnt born yet.... Its settled, Michael Jackson was a FRIGGIN PSYCIC!
- Diana, Trenton, NJ
BTW, We have created a MJ/DR Forum in association with different partnersites, about they both together, but´╗┐ also with a big separate Michael and Diana section. We would be glad if you join in ^^
http://rabbitandpeacock.forums3.com
- Mel, Wiesbaden, Germany
The following is from a Wikipedia article about the song and video Dirty Diana. "Initial reports at the time suggested the song was inspired by an alleged affair between Jackson and his close friend Diana O'Neal; however this was later denied. In an interview from the special edition of Bad, Jones later confirmed that the song's lyrics were about groupies. Jackson also confirmed this during an interview with Barbara Walters, adding that it was not about Princess Diana, though he was told personally by the Princess that it was her favorite among his songs."
- John, San Francisco, CA
Sheryl Crow did play Diana in the topic video, if you don't believe me or the others, you will find the truth in a article at the following url: http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1614755/20090625/jackson_michael.jhtml
- John, San Francisco, CA
this song was made for diana ross point blank
- michael jackson, dallas, TX
I think that this "dirty Diana" and Billie Jean are about the same person and or subject I'm sure he had more than one stalker in his career it's jux the real crazy ones that you don't 4get. He needed a song for the album and went back to the same well so to speak,hey look at the big success "Billie Jean" was this was probably meant to the be "Billie Jean" of this album. but gotta say I like it when he rocks alot of the lyrics in his songs would make real good rock songs.
- T T, Houston, TX
omg! MJ was like THE HOTTEST MAN in bad era! My personal fave part of the video Dirty Diana is when he rips his shirt off, i was like, omg do you know how fkn hot u are?? lol and btw, the girl from the video is called Lisa Dean. RIP, King of Pop and of Hotness :)
- aliyah, manchester, United Kingdom
diana ross didnt want to marry him.he wanted to marry her.
- Adana, St.Petersbug, FL
She likes the boys in the band,she knows when they come to town,every musican's fan after the curtain comes down,she ways the backstage doors for those who have perstige,who promise fortune and fame,a life thats so carefree.Now thats what I call a groupie!
- Adana, St.Petersbug, FL
This is not about Diana Ross and its not about Diana,Princess of Wales.It's about a groupie.But Princess Diana loved the song.
- Adana, St.Petersbug, FL
hottest MJ video... he gives it all..damn. the man was good. RIP king of pop
- rhi, kathmandu, Nepal
This song is great. Love MJ
- Sarah, Miami, FL
fantastic guitar solo....
- abdullaah, kuala lumpur, Malaysia
After reading a couple of MJ biographies, here is my theory.MJ met Ross when he was 10yrs and Ross in her mid twenties. In his mid-teens he had to live with Ross for a long period, while recording for Motown, rest of the brothers stayed in a hotel.MJ, the pubescent teen was infatuated with her.Ms Ross was after Gordy who was married.I believe she took advantage of him, and seduced him. For him it was the first great love, for her just a divertion.He never got over her although he knew,that she was too busy trying to break up Gordy's marriage.
- Heilige Bimbam, London, United Kingdom
This is an excellent song, I loved the outfit he wore when he sang it in one of his concerts, that white open shirt and how he moved his shoulders to the beat. How could you NOT dance to this song? The beat is so catchy....
- Kiarra, St. Charles, MO
I heard in a Michael Jackson interview, spoken by MJ himself, that the song was written in reference to all the groupies who stalked and followed him.
- Hannah, Ottawa, ON
OMG he looks so hot in this video & this is not about Diana Ross its about this girl who stalked him and tried to seduce him.It's just like
"Billie Jean". Anyways i luvvvvvvvv this freakin song he looks goooooddddddddd and during this time shoot i would have stalked him too LOL but im serious. luvvvv,
Raquelucha
- kelly, winder, GA
Not sure if this song is about Diana Ross but i reckon she was the love of his life, he acted so differently around her and they had undeniable chemistry. And why else whould he put her in his will to look after his kids? Deep down he probably wanted her to be the mother of his children.
- Ellice, Auckland, New Zealand
hey i wanted to know if it was true about him and diana ross?i am kinda obsesed since his death.I wasnt upset at first but then i relized what a loss we had.god need an angel....so he took michael jackson :( RIP
- Sasha, Hoboken, NJ
"I loved when he went all rock star on us." ... Me too.
- Ekristheh, Halath, United States
This song is so not about Diana Ross. It's not because it says Diana that it's about Diana Ross, get real! It's about a woman who's a lady of the night and seduces her way into trying to make it big. A groupie if you will. These lyrics sounds nothing like Diana Ross. Sure they may have had a fling of some sort. And while some people claim to have read that Michael Jackson has admitted this to be about Diana Ross, I've heard quite the opposite. I may be wrong about my own theory but I know for sure that it can't be about Diana Ross.

Anyway all in all, I friggen love this song! Amazing guitar, amazing videoclip, have loved it since I was a kid! RIP
- Katherine, Montreal, QC
i love this man MICHAEL JACKSON he is my everything.he also is my inspiration i learned so much from him.i love you michael...
...REST IN PEACE...
..In Heaven
- carolyn, monterey park, CA
I just have liked this song since ever... but now i got curious what it was talking about since Micheal died (I'm very obsessed by his death), yesterday I watched an amazing video which made me cry and smile a lot. Monaco 2006 during WMA Micheal is looking at Diana singing amazingly and he's completly in adoration for her, his look is ipnotised at her... they are talking with eyes. Then she got closer to him and she sat on his legs and they hugged so intensivly. Then she looked at him and she sand "if you miss me, just call my name, wherever I am, just call my name, I will be there for you..." It's an amazing scene. Michel started to cry... After that I would like to know more about this special friendship. I really hope the real truth about him will come. I miss him a lot and this song is one FAB
- juliette81, Dusseldorf, Germany
Michael Jackson was very much in love with Diana Ross in fact he adored her. She was his one true love. You can see the chemistry they had together. But Diana was realistic. She knew a public love affair with Michael would ruin their careers. However, Michael was not ashamed to let the world know through his actions how he felt about Diana--the way he held her in his arms, looked at her and kissed her. When she went out his life, he was never the same.
- Marilyn, Boston, FL
One of my favorite Michael Jackson songs, I loved when he went all rock star on us.
- Theresa, Murfreesboro, TN
i love this song it is a great song and it shows michaels bad side

r.i.p.michael jackson
- brittany, cleveland, OH
I love this song! It's so hot on so many levels!! Michael really shows his rough side in this song, not to mention a range of sensual emotion.
I love Steve Stevens, who is the video as the guitarist, clad in black leather with the huge, huge hair and he kicked some ass himself in Billy Idol's Rebel Yell!
I cannot believe that is Sheryl Crow playing "Dirty Diana" in the film! That is awesome, too.
- Maki, Moses Lake, WA
The girl is none other than Sheryl Crow who used
to sing back up for Jackson and Don Henley.
- Dan, Winthrop, MA
This amazing song is clearly about a groupie that was absest with MJ but he obviously used the name Diana not because the song descibes her but because Diana was a huge part of his life.
- shalena, hamilton, ON
at first i though that it was about a girl who wants to seducing him to sleep with him but anyways the song is the best song an artist can sing about a girl
- renne, portmore, Jamaica
I Want To Know how is the girl (modell) in the video clip of Michael Jakson "DIRTY DIANA"??
She have a very hot legs and body.. but how is she???
- Donni, Turda, Romania
What does he keep repeating at the end?

Is he saying Heartbreaker?
- matt, des moines, IA
BEST SONG OPENING EVER!
- Rasa Bihari Das, Tamworth, UK, England
Personally I do think the song is about Diana Ross. My dad who live through it all brought it to my attention. If you pay attention carefully it's true. Micheal Jackson and Diana Ross was suppose to get married when Michael turned 18 but she uesd him If you read Michael's autobiography you'll catch on.Michael was never the same again and it's all because of her. But like my dad said the truth will never come out
- Aishah, Cheter,, PA
I heard on VH1 about michael jackson or someone else, Princess Diana said that was one of her favorite songs that she wanted jackson to sing, but he hesitated
- Chris, Claremont, CA
If you listen to the lyrics, how could this be about either Diana's? This song is about a groupie. Princess Diana probably would not appreciate a song about her trying to seduce someone, let alone invite it to be sung at her birthday. Diana Ross would not need to seduce someone to be a star. "I'll be the freak you can taunt and I don't care what you say I want to go too far I'll be your everything if you make me a star." This is clearly about a groupie. The name might not even be real.
- shea, New York, NY
Would you believe Michael and Diana Ross had an affair? I didn't either, but then I thought about it. Remember Michael back in his prime? He was a god. He had the sweetest most beautiful soul.Hard for anyone to not want him for their own. Including Ms. Ross. Dirty Diana was about Diana Ross.
- Janie, Atlanta, GA
Jackson said he would never play it again live after Diana┬┤s death.
- Benjy, Bonn, Germany
First off I love this song, I don?t care about all the bad press, I think the ?Jackson stigma? is too overrated, Michael rocks and you have to love him. But for some more trivia: I saw Michael in an interview after Princess Diana died and he said he did a performance once for Diana on her birthday and before the show she asked if he would be including "Dirty Diana" in his set that evening. He said no, he took it out in respect for her and she told him that she loves that song and he had to perform it for her as her birthday gift.
- Tyler, New Orleans, LA
This song kicks ass.
- Ann, Fairway, KS
i think he didnt like the girl because i have the video and stuff. and at the end he is surprised that he sees diana and i think he doesnt like her at all. he also rips his shirt off in the video. i think hes hott when he ripped off his shirt. i saw his chest. god was that sexy. oh also dreamy!!!
- sarah floyd, bloomingdale, IL
What Michael said in this song is true. It is not about Diana Ross or Princess Diana. It was about a groupie named Diana.
-Matthew,Dalton,PA
- Matthew, Dalton, PA
michael says that this is about all the groupies he has come in contact with thru out his life. Once princess diana came to his concert and asked him if he was going to do this song, and he said no. he told her that he took it off because she was there ans he didnt want to offend her. Princess diana shocked him and told him that Dirty Diana was her fav. song.
- lala, anywhere, MT
i love michel song he's a great singer his just misuderstood bless him i think he's the king of music but i want him to bring something new out - make a come back:)
- Kirsty, bournemouth, England
I know his history. I know that he had an unhappy childhood like me, and I know how he feel. His songs are magic and fantastic. I think Michael is very romantic. He really loves children and he helps all the children. I like Neverland. I think it's great. I hope he come back to Neverland becouse Neverland can't existing without Michael...
- Federica, Los Angeles, NV
i like this song and i have the video and when i saw the video thought the gutarist was a guy. and i like love songs. the songs will make me think about guys and we will be together and i might be sining to the songs and i wasnt scared at all.
- sarah floyd, bloomingdale, IL
I love this song. I used to listen to it like, 5 times a day. Good song!
- Dawson, Draper, UT
One of my favorite Michael Jackson songs. It rocks!!!!
- Joshua, Niagara Falls, Canada
this is thw worlds greatest strip tease
- angela, Philadelphia, PA
Everone says he wrote it as a tribute(?) to Diana Ross but I thinks it's just a name like Billie Jean. His greatest rock anthem. Video is way cool too. Live at Bad World Tour(1988/89) is one of a kind!
- Jam Kemal, lindua, South Africa
Written about Diana Ross the Princess of Wales Diana was apparently a big fan of this song.
- Kieran, Harlow, United States
haha this song is hilarious, accept for the fact that my name is Diana and whenever I meet someone new they'll be like has anyone ever called you dirty diana? but other than that this song kicks ass!
- diana, Winnipeg, Canada
When I listened to this song, someone told me the guitar solo was played by a girl. When I heard it on TV, someone said Michael Jackson was trying to show his Dirty Side towards Princess Diana.
- Annabelle, Eugene, OR
I thought it was about an obsessed fan who seduced Michael into sleeping with her.
- Kurt, Downers Grove, IL
Possibly about his feelings of abandonment when Diana Ross got married for the second time in the mid eighties.
- Tony, San Francisco, CA
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