Michael Jackson recorded his ‘favourite’ song with The Beatles star Paul McCartney

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Michael Jackson released his sixth album Thriller on November 30, 1982. The album was instantly a smash hit, and is still to this today the best-selling album of all time. Over almost 40 years since it came out, Thriller has sold over 66 million copies worldwide, and was certified 33x platinum in America in 2017. Included in the album is one of the first songs Jackson ever featured another artist on his work – Paul McCartney.

Jackson grew up listening to The Beatles, so to have McCartney on one of his songs was no doubt a dream come true.

After the pair worked on two songs for McCartney’s fourth solo album, Pipes of Peace, he returned to aid Jackson with a song for Thriller.

The pair buckled down and got to work on a new song together at Westlake Recording Studios in Los Angeles, California.

The work they did together eventually culminated in the release of The Girl Is Mine.

Jackson and McCartney worked on the song while they watched cartoons together, along with producer Quincy Jones at their side.

Whilst speaking about the recording process, the Beat It singer later explained how working with The Beatle was one of his “favourite” recording processes of all time.

He said: “One of my favourite songs to record, of all my recordings as a solo artist, is probably The Girl Is Mine, because working with Paul McCartney was pretty exciting and we just literally had fun.

“It was like lots of kibitzing and playing, and throwing stuff at each other, and making jokes.”

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Jackson went on to add: “We actually recorded the [instrumental] track and the vocals pretty much live at the same time, and we do have footage of it, but it’s never been shown.”

The footage – which can be seen ABOVE – was later shown by McCartney during his world tour.

Years later, The King of Pop tragically died whilst preparing for his final collection of live shows at the O2 Arena in London.

He died on June 25, 2009 due to a cardiac arrest, caused by a combination of drugs given to him.

Just before his death he was rehearsing alongside his lead guitarist, Orianthi.

The star herself recently spoke out about seeing Jackson just before his death, in which she said: “Honestly, that was probably one of the most insane moments in my life.

“It was just a mixture of emotions – just in shock, everyone was in shock.”

She went on to add: “And I rehearsed with Michael right before he passed, and he was so happy and everything was great.”

Orianthi continued: “I got the news he passed the next morning as I was heading to rehearsals.

“When we all got there, we were all like, ‘Is this real? Are you serious?’

“It didn’t hit us, and then everyone was bombarding, the news came up, and honestly, it was an overload of ‘What’s going on?’”

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