Stranger in Moscow

Song by Michael Jackson from HIStory
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January 1, 1994
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"Stranger in Moscow" is a song by American recording artist Michael Jackson from his ninth studio album HIStory. The song was released as the sixth and final single worldwide on November 4, 1996, but was not released in the United States until July 7, 1997 by Epic Records. The track was written by Jackson in September 1993, while on the Dangerous World Tour stop in Moscow. An early version of the track appears in the video game Sonic the Hedgehog 3; according to conflicting accounts, Jackson and his team composed music for the game before leaving the project. Jackson wrote the lyrics as a poem before adapting them for the song. The song's music video depicts the lives of six individuals, including Jackson, who are left isolated and disconnected from the world around them. This is Jackson's lowest charting song on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 91, though it charted highly in the top 10 of numerous countries worldwide, including Australia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The song was performed on the HIStory World Tour in 1996–1997. It was covered a few times by other artists.
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