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Album: HIStoryReleased: 1995Charted:
This was the first ever single in US history to enter the Billboard charts at #1. It was also a UK #1.
Michael Jackson asked R. Kelly's manager if Kelly would write a song for him after hearing his hit record "Bump And Grind." R Kelly went straight into the studio and came up with this song. Michael Jackson then joined R. Kelly in Chicago to record the track and asked Kelly to provide backing vocals. Kelly is quoted in 1000 UK #1 Hits
by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh as saying, "I actually imitated Michael when I sent him my first copy. He was laughing at me because I was imitating him." (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for above 2)
In Belgium, the brothers Eddy and Danny Van Passel are considered the composers of this song, as the Belgian right society SABAM agreed that the largest part of the melody came from the 1993 Van Passel composition "If We Can Start All Over."
The song topped the UK chart for a second time in 2009 when a cover by the finalists of the sixth series of the United Kingdom music talent show The X-Factor reached #1. All proceeds went to the Great Ormond Street Hospital.
R Kelly paid tribute to Michael after his passing by recording his own version of this song as a bonus track on his 2010 album, Love Letter.