"Smooth Criminal" is the seventh single from Michael Jackson's 1987 Bad album. The song contains a fast-paced beat intertwined with Jackson's lyrics about a woman named Annie, who has been attacked in her apartment by a "smooth" assailant. "Smooth Criminal" was the original title for the album, but Quincy Jones did not like it. It was released as a single on October 24, 1988, and peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100. It was re-released on April 10, 2006, as a part of the Visionary: The Video Singles box set. The re-released Visionary single charted at number 19 in the UK.
The song also serves as the theme song to Jackson's 1988 film Moonwalker. The single has sold over 7.5 million copies.
Jackson originally wanted to make the music video in the western genre, but he later decided after watching "the Third Man" with Director Colin Chilvers to change it to a 1930s gangster style. The video for "Smooth Criminal" is the first time Jackson unveiled his anti-gravity lean in which the performer has both feet planted on the floor and leans forward close to a 45 degree angle, creating the illusion that the performer is defying gravity.
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