With Seven the Hard Way
(and her previous album, Tropico
), Benatar was trying to overhaul her image from a Spandex-clad pop-rocker who challenged "Hit Me With Your Best Shot
" to a serious, more introspective artist. Despite being a throwback to her old style, she still included the Billie Jean
anthem on the album. "It doesn't really fit with the rest of the record," she told Billboard
, "but I thought it was a good song. I like a lot of things that Holly writes."