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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014
By United Press International
Leonardo DiCaprio sports beard at quarter finals of U.S. Open

Leonardo DiCaprio sports beard at quarter finals of U.S. Open

NEW YORK, Sept. 4 (UPI) --A lonely Leonardo DiCaprio was photographed playing with his beard and taking pictures during the U.S. Open tennis quarter finals in New York City on Wednesday.
Veronica Linares
Miki Howard the real Billie Jean?

Miki Howard the real Billie Jean?

LOS ANGELES, March 7 (UPI) -- If Miki Howard gave birth to Michael Jackson's child in the 1980s, does that make her the infamous Billie Jean?
By Danielle Haynes
President Obama announces updated presidential delegation to Winter Olympics opening ceremony

President Obama announces updated presidential delegation to Winter Olympics opening ceremony

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama announced Wednesday the updated presidential delegation to the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics.
JC Finley

Gay Norway minister to bring hubby to Paralympics despite controversy

OSLO, Norway, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Norway's most high-profile gay politician said he plans to bring his husband to the Paralympics despite the controversy over gay rights in Russia.

Beyonce, Wonder grace Michelle Obama's 50th birthday bash

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. first lady Michelle Obama's 50th birthday party was an A-list affair with Beyonce and Stevie Wonder providing the musical vibe, guests said Sunday.

Putin: Gays have nothing to fear at Sochi Winter Olympics

SOCHI, Russia, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Homosexuals can feel safe at the Winter Olympics in Sochi if they stay away from children, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday.

Russian downplays Obama no-show at upcoming Games

SOCHI, Russia, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- The head of the Russian Olympic Committee downplayed a decision by U.S. President Barack Obama not to attend the Sochi Games, denying there is a "boycott."
Caitlin Cahow, other gay athletes tapped for Sochi Olympic delegation

Caitlin Cahow, other gay athletes tapped for Sochi Olympic delegation

Dec. 18 (UPI) -- While President Barack Obama will not attend the Sochi Olympics, he has sent a message to Russia in those he has selected to go in his place.
Caroline Lee

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, Nov. 22, 2013.
By United Press International
Andy Murray joins Novak Djokovic among U.S. Open winners

Andy Murray joins Novak Djokovic among U.S. Open winners

NEW YORK, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Third-seeded Andy Murray continued his quest to defend his U.S. Open championship Tuesday by knocking off Denis Istomin in four tough sets.
Roberta Vinci into quarters, Alison Riske ousted at rainy U.S. Open

Roberta Vinci into quarters, Alison Riske ousted at rainy U.S. Open

NEW YORK, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Tenth-seeded Roberta Vinci made the quarterfinals for the second straight year but American hopeful Alison Riske took an exit Monday at a rainy U.S. Open.

No. 1 Novak Djokovic, defending champ Andy Murray breeze at U.S. Open

NEW YORK, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and third-seeded defending champion Andy Murray each breezed into the round of 16 with wins Sunday at the U.S. Open.
Serena Williams rained out at U.S. Open, sister Venus eliminated

Serena Williams rained out at U.S. Open, sister Venus eliminated

NEW YORK, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Top seed Serena Williams was forced to wait a day to play her second-round match at the U.S. Open Wednesday while her sister was eliminated from the tournament.

Samantha Stosur bounced, Victoria Azarenka advances at U.S. Open

NEW YORK, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Unheralded American qualifier Victoria Duval upset No. 11 Samantha Stosur and No. 2 Victoria Azarenka breezed to a first-round win Tuesday at the U.S. Open.
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Billie Jean
Billie Jean King looks at the plaque at the naming ceremony for the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center held at the 2006 US Tennis Open in New York on August 28, 2006..(UPI Photo/Ezio Petersen)
Wiki

"Billie Jean" is a dance-pop/R&B song by American recording artist Michael Jackson. It was written, composed, and co-produced by Jackson, and produced by Quincy Jones from the singer's second solo album, Thriller (1982). Originally disliked by Jones, the track was almost removed from the album after he and Jackson had disagreements regarding it. The song is well known for its distinctive bass line and Jackson's vocal hiccups. The song was mixed 91 times by audio engineer Bruce Swedien before he finalized the song with the second mix.

Following the successful chart performances of the single "The Girl Is Mine" and the album Thriller, "Billie Jean" was released on January 2, 1983, as the collection's second single. It became a worldwide commercial and critical success; "Billie Jean" was one of the best-selling singles of 1983, and topped both the US and UK charts simultaneously. In other countries, "Billie Jean" topped the charts of Spain and Switzerland, reached the top ten in Austria, Italy, New Zealand, Norway and Sweden, and initially peaked at number 45 in France. After Jackson's death in 2009, the song would reach number one in that territory. "Billie Jean" was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 1989.

Awarded numerous honors—including two Grammy Awards, one American Music Award and an induction into the Music Video Producers Hall of Fame—the song and corresponding music video propelled Thriller to the status of best-selling album of all time. The song was promoted with a short film that broke down MTV's racial barrier as the first video by a black artist to be aired by the channel in heavy rotation, and an Emmy-nominated performance on Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever, in which Jackson premiered "the moonwalk". The song was also promoted through Jackson's Pepsi commercials; during the filming of one commercial, Jackson's scalp was severely burned. Covered by modern artists, "Billie Jean" sealed Jackson's status as an international pop icon. Rolling Stone magazine ranked the song #58 in its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It is the only song to appear on every version of the album King of Pop.

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