This Is It (Michael Jackson song) part 02

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Chart performance

Despite being a non-downloadable album track, the song appeared on many charts due to radio play alone. Gary Trust of Billboard acknowledged that without "This Is It" having a digital (distribution) component its chances on making an impact on the Billboard Hot 100 would not be likely. During the week ending October 21, 2009, "This Is It" debuted at number 19 on Billboard's Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks. "This Is It" returned Jackson and his brothers to the chart for the first time since 1970, when, billed as The Jackson 5, the group marked its sole previous entry, "I'll Be There," which went on to peak on the chart at number 24. Its charting ended a 13-year, seven-month absence Jackson had from the chart; his prior entry was "You Are Not Alone," which wrapped a 26-week run on the list dated March 16, 1996. This song is also Jackson's 26th charted Adult Contemporary title, making him the seventh male artist to score a top 20 Adult Contemporary single in each decade since the 1970s. Eventually, the track peaked at number 18 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Also in "This Is It"'s first week of release, the song debuted on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart at number 43. "This Is It" went on to peak at number eighteen on the R&B/Hip-Hop Song-genre chart. "This Is It" also charted on the Adult R&B Songs chart, peaking at number 9.

"This Is It"'s most successful charting country was Japan, where the song placed within the top ten, peaking at number five on Japan's Hot 100 chart. Also, it peaked at number 30 on the Slovakian airplay chart, at number 22 on the Dutch singles chart, and at number 27 on the Czech airplay chart. The song peaked on the Canadian Hot 100 chart at number 56 but was quite successful in Spain: The track peaked at number 18 on the Spanish singles chart. According to Billboard, within the first 24 hours of release the song had over 800 radio plays in Europe. Another commercially successful territory for "This Is It" was China. It debuted at number one in Hit FM, China Radio International's western music radio's airplay charts, "Top 20 Countdown" on October 24, 2009. It held the top position for four consecutive weeks until Beyoncé Knowles's "Broken-Hearted Girl" superseded it on November 21. However, the track bounced back to the top position of the chart on November 28.

Music video

On December 27, 2009, the song's official music video was released. It was directed by Academy Award-nominee Spike Lee, who had previously worked with Jackson directing the video for the musician's song entitled "They Don't Care About Us" for his HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I (1995) album. The video for "This Is It" premiered on the webpage of Lee's production company 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks. The video, almost five-minutes long, features various scenes of Jackson's hometown and former residence in Gary, Indiana, along with photos and videos of him and tributes from his fans around the world.

The video opens with a clip of a poster in Gary pointing fans toward Jackson's childhood home, at the corner of 2300 Jackson Street and Jackson Family Boulevard and the sound of a vintage recording of one of Jackson's siblings yelling "Michael" repeatedly. An image, that is shown several times during the video, shows a one-way traffic sign near Jackson's old house that is covered in graffiti honoring Jackson, including "we luv yuh Michael." Images, shown as a slide-show, of Jackson performing as a child are mixed in with shots of play sets, baseball bats and Gary's gritty industrial skyline. A central image captured by Lee is a 'plea' for tolerance etched onto a stop sign in Gary, where someone had written the message "This Is It" above the word "Stop" under which they've added "hatin'." Interspersed is archival footage of Jackson throughout his career and of him greeting his fans in various parts of the world. There are also shots of the musician's fans paying tribute in their own Jackson memorabilia to him following his death. At one point in the video, one of the lyrics from the song, "I never heard a single word about you," floats up out of the concrete, fading into two more shots of fan tributes from around the world and multiple flowers and messages laid at the gates of Jackson's Neverland Ranch. The video, several times, shows a single red balloon floating in the air and empty swings swaying in the breeze. Towards the end of the video, there is footage of Jackson doing one of his signature dance moves, the moonwalk. It ends with footage of a black stool with Jackson's trademark black fedora and silver glove on top of it under a spotlight in front of his family's Gary residence at night.

George Merchan of felt that the video was "clearly" a "loving patchwork of documentary footage, graphics, and original location shoots." Simon Vozick-Levinson of Entertainment Weekly described the video as being a "heart felt tribute" and said that, due to the circumstances of Lee having no footage of Jackson performing the song to work with, felt the director did a "very nice job" with it. A negative review came from Jim Farber, the music critic for the New York Daily News. He felt the video was a "mini retrospective" of Jackson's life and criticized the "Stop Hatin'" stop sign, feeling that it was promoting press censorship and discussion about the darker aspects of Jackson's life.

Track listing

  • Promo - CD single
  1. "This Is It" (album version) 3:37
  2. "This Is It" (orchestra single version) 3:43
  3. "This Is It" (edited orchestra version) 4:40
  • CD promo single
  1. "This Is It" (album version) 3:37
  2. "This Is It" (orchestra single version) 3:43


  • Written by Michael Jackson and Paul Anka
  • Produced by Michael Jackson, John McClain and Mervyn Warren
  • Lead vocals by Michael Jackson
  • Vocal & track arrangements by Mervyn Warren
  • String arrangement by Clare Fischer
  • Background vocals by The Jacksons
  • Bass vocals by Alvin Chea
  • Piano by Greg Phillinganes
  • Guitar by Paul Jackson, Jr.
  • Percussion by Raphael Padilla
  • Recording Engineer: Jon Nettlesbey
  • Recorded at Marvin's Room in Hollywood, California
  • Mixed by Allen Sides
  • Assistant Engineer: Wesley Seidman
  • Mixed at Oceanway Coordination Studios
  • Mastered by Alan Yoshida
  • Mastered at Oceanway Mastering
  • A&R Direction: John Doelp
  • Production Coordination: JoAnn Tominaga
  • Accounting Services: Martha Rindels


See also

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