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Song Author: lyrics by Bill Bottrell, Michael Jackson
Black or White

Single by Michael Jackson from the album Dangerous
Released November 11, 1991
Format 7" single
12" single
CD single
Recorded 1990–1991
Genre Pop rock, dance-pop, rap rock
Length 4:15 (album version)
3:20 (radio edit)
Label Epic
Writer(s) Michael Jackson
Rap lyrics by Bill Bottrell
Producer Michael Jackson, Bill Bottrell
Black or White

"Black or White" is a single by American singer-songwriter Michael Jackson. The song was released by Epic Records on November 11, 1991 as the first single from Jackson's eighth studio album, Dangerous. It was written, composed and produced by Michael Jackson and Bill Bottrell.

"Black or White" was written, composed and produced by Michael Jackson and Bill Bottrell, and was picked as the first single from the album Dangerous. An alternate version was first heard by Sony executives on a plane trip to Neverland, as the third track of the promotional CD acetate. It began to be promoted on radio stations the first week of November 1991 in New York and Los Angeles.

"Black or White" was officially released one week later, on November 5, 1991. The song has elements of dance, rap and hard rock music such as Bill Bottrell's guitars and Jackson's vocal style. This song is played in the key of E major. Jackson's vocal spans from E4 to B5.It has a metronome of 126 beats per minute.

The song's main riff is often falsely attributed to Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash. His guitar work is featured in the opening skit for the song's track on the album.


The Clivillés & Cole remixes for "Black or White", released as a promotional single in 1992, also charted on many European countries. In the UK, it reached number 14, and in Ireland, number 11. The promotional single also surprisingly peaked at number 18 in Australia. Despite the favourable European response to this remix, it was never included on a Michael Jackson album or compilation, except on the third disc of the French & UK versions of Jackson's greatest hits album King of Pop.