Dirty Diana by Michael Jackson

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"Dirty Diana" is a song by American singer Michael Jackson featuring guitarist Steve Stevens. It is the ninth track from Jackson's seventh studio album, Bad. The song was released by Epic Records on April 18, 1988 as the fifth single from the album. The song presented a harder rock sound similar to that of "Beat It" from the album Thriller. "Dirty Diana" was written and co-produced by Jackson, and produced by Quincy Jones. The songs lyrics pertain to groupies. "Dirty Diana" has a moderate tempo and is played in the key of Bb major.

"Dirty Diana" received mixed reviews from contemporary music critics, with some criticizing the lyrics, while others found the song better than "Thrillers forgettables". The song was a commercial success worldwide in 1988, charting at number one on the United States Billboard Hot 100. The song also charted within the top ten in multiple countries, including the United Kingdom, France, Italy and New Zealand. "Dirty Diana" was the fifth and final Hot 100 number-one single from Bad. In 2009, after Jackson's death in June, the song re-entered charts, mainly due to digital download sales. A music video for "Dirty Diana" was filmed in front of a live audience and was released in 1988.

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