You Are Not Alone

You Are Not Alone

Infobox Single |
Name = You Are Not Alone

Artist = Michael Jackson
from Album = HIStory - Past, Present and Future, Book I
Released = August 15, 1995
Format = CD single
Recorded = 1994
Genre = R&B
Length = 5:45 (Album version)
4:36 (Radio edit)
Label = Epic
Writer = R. Kelly
Producer = R. Kelly
Last single = "Scream/Childhood"
This single = "You Are Not Alone"
Next single = "Earth Song"
Misc = Extra chronology 2
Artist = Michael Jackson's ""
Type = single
Last single = "Heal the World"
This single = "You Are Not Alone"
Next single = "Earth Song"
Extra tracklisting
Album = HIStory
Type = studio
prev_track = "Come Together"
prev_no = 8
this_track = "You Are Not Alone"
track_no = 9
next_track = "Childhood"
next_no = 10

"You Are Not Alone" is a hit single by singer-songwriter Michael Jackson, released in August 1995. It was the second single from his multi-platinum album "HIStory - Past, Present and Future, Book I". The song was written by R&B singer-songwriter R. Kelly and became the first single ever to debut at number one in the "Billboard" Hot 100. []

Chart performance

"You Are Not Alone" became the third most-successful Michael Jackson single released in the 1990s, after "Black or White" and "Earth Song". [ [ Michael ] ] The song peaked at number one in many countries around the world, including the UK, the U.S., New Zealand, Ireland, France and Switzerland.

In the UK, it debuted at number three and then climbed to number one where it stayed for two weeks. The single remained in the top five for seven weeks and was in the top 75 for fifteen weeks. This long run in the charts resulted in a gold sales award. The huge success of "You Are Not Alone" pulled "HIStory" back into the top-ten.

In the U.S., the single broke a "Billboard" record by being the first-ever single to debut at number one on the Hot 100 singles chart. Although it debuted at number one, it only spent one week at the top, and Michael has not had a number one single on the Hot 100 since. It also debuted at number one on the magazine's R&B chart, where it remained for four weeks. Airplay was excellent with a number two peak position on the Hot 100 Airplay chart and a number one position on "Billboard"'s R&B Airplay chart (where it stayed for seven weeks). Single sales were strong with a peak position of number two on the "Billboard" Hot 100 Sales chart, number one on the "Billboard" R&B Sales chart, and number three on the "Billboard" Maxi-single Sales chart. The single went Platinum in the U.S. for sales of over one million copies.

Music video

The music video was controversial in that it featured an almost nude Jackson and his then-wife Lisa Marie Presley. In most prints of the video, scenes depicting Michael Jackson with angel wings were cut. He dedicated this to ex-wife Lisa Marie Presley. They divorced a couple of months later.

The video was number 1 in MAX music's World's Worst Ever Video countdown in 2008.


SABAM, a Belgian right society, confirmed that the melody for "You Are Not Alone" was originally composed in 1993 by veteran Belgian songwriters, producers, and music publishers, Eddy & Danny Van Passel. As can be seen in [ document] , dated October 18, 1995, SABAM found that "the largest part of the melody is identical. There is a strong similarity (75%)". On September 11 2007, a Belgian judge ruled that it was indeed plagiarism. The Court decides that Kelly does not prove and even does not render plausible he has written an independent work. See court document on this link

The judgment should be recognized and enforced in all European Member States.


In 1996, one of Michael's idols, Diana Ross, covered this song for the compilation album "Voice of Love."


In the Classic Club Remix on the 1997 album ', Michael's ad-libs at the end of the original are extended. These can also be heard in the slightly extended album version on '.

Track listing

Original release

UK single #1

# "You Are Not Alone" (Radio Edit) - 4:36
# "You Are Not Alone" (Frankie Knuckles - Franctified Club Mix) - 10:11
# "You Are Not Alone" (Frankie Knuckles - Classic Club Version) - 7:40
# "You Are Not Alone" (Jon B. Main Remix) - 6:57
# "You Are Not Alone" (Jon B. Padappella) - 6:54

UK single #2

# "You Are Not Alone" (Album version) – 5:45
# "You Are Not Alone" (R. Kelly remix) – 6:17
# "Rock With You" (Masters at Work remix) – 5:29
# "Rock With You" (Frankie's Favorite Club mix) – 7:38

U.S. single

# "You Are Not Alone" (Album edit) – 4:54
# "You Are Not Alone" (Radio edit) – 4:29
# "You Are Not Alone" (Franctified Club mix) – 10:10
# "Scream Louder" (Flyte Tyme Remix) – 5:30
# "MJ Megaremix" – 10:33

"Visionary" single

;CD side
# "You Are Not Alone" (Album edit)
# "You Are Not Alone" (Classic Club Mix)

;DVD side
# "You Are Not Alone" (Music video)


#Album version – 5:45
#Album version w/longer fade – 6:01
#*Released on "" box set
#Album edit – 4:55
#Radio edit – 4:34
#Frankie Knuckles - Classic Song Version - 7:55
#Frankie Knuckles - Franctified Club Mix - 10:10
#Knuckluv Dub Version - 9:20
#R. Kelly Remix - 6:25
#Jon B. Main Mix - 6:55
#Jon B. Padappella - 6:55



* Written by Eddy Van Passel & Danny Van Passel (adapted by R. Kelly)
* Produced by R. Kelly and Michael Jackson


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