This Place Hotel

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"Heartbreak Hotel"
Heartbreak Hotel - Jacksons UK Sleeve.jpg
Artwork for UK vinyl release
Single by The Jacksons
from the album Triumph
Released December 5, 1980
Format 7" single
Recorded 1980
Genre R&B, Funk
Length 5:44 (Album Version)
4:52 (Single Version)
2:09 (Immortal Version)
Label Epic
Songwriter(s) Michael Jackson
Producer(s) The Jacksons
The Jacksons singles chronology
"Lovely One"
(1980)
"Heartbreak Hotel"
(1980)
Scream track listing
"Everybody"
(4)
This Place Hotel
(5)
"Time Waits for No One"
(6)

"This Place Hotel" (originally named "Heartbreak Hotel") was a hit recording by The Jacksons released in 1980. Written and composed by Michael, the song would precede Jackson's own hit, "Billie Jean", in its insecurity-plagued tale of confusion. While his brothers did not sing background vocals, they were credited with playing percussion on the album while brother Tito contributed a guitar solo. The song has a tempo of 98 beats per minute, making it notably slower than many of the other disco-based songs on the album. In the song, the protagonist speaks of a time when ten years ago, he took his girlfriend to a hotel for a romantic night - only to find out that it was designed specifically to break couples up. The staff at the hotel gave the girl the impression that he had cheated on her with someone else, something he did not do, which caused her to break up with him in the hotel.

Chart success[edit]

The song reached number twenty-two on the Billboard pop singles chart and number two on the R&B singles chart.[1] "This Place Hotel" was the group's second biggest single off their Triumph album, behind "Can You Feel It." The song, in turn, became a popular concert performance for the group's next two tours right into Michael's own Bad tour. The song, like the aforementioned "Can You Feel It," has become one of the oft-sampled songs in hip-hop.

Name change[edit]

The song's title was changed because of the 1956 Elvis Presley hit, "Heartbreak Hotel". Michael claimed to be unaware of the Presley song but had the title changed nonetheless.

Performances[edit]

The song was performed on the Jacksons' Triumph Tour (thus appears on the Jacksons' subsequent live album) and was subsequently used on the Jacksons' Victory Tour. When Michael Jackson first toured as a solo act, "This Place Hotel" was the only Jacksons song to be used in both legs of the Bad World Tour, whereas the other songs by the group (with the exception of a medley of early Jackson 5 hits) were retired during the second leg. A spoken word and synth recording preceded the song on the first leg of the Bad tour, but for the second leg of the tour (and on the subsequent Dangerous World Tour) that recording was used as an intro to Jackson's hit "Smooth Criminal" instead.

The song was included on Michael Jackson's The Ultimate Collection and it has been remixed on the Immortal album in 2011. A live version of the song is available on the 2012 DVD Live at Wembley July 16, 1988. On March 23, 2014, a video clip of a live performance of the song from the Victory Tour was uploaded to The Jacksons' official YouTube account.

Release[edit]

The original title of "Heartbreak Hotel" was used and released commercially on 7" vinyl in many countries, though a 2-track 12" maxi single was produced and promotional-only copies, given to radio stations and reviewers and a limited 2-track Japanese mini CD single was commercially released in November 1988 (using the newly chosen title), to coincide with the Michael Jackson Bad tour.

Track listing[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "This Place Hotel" (previously "Heartbreak Hotel").

7" vinyl single - US (Epic – 19-50959)[2]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Heartbreak Hotel" Michael Jackson 4:49
2. "Things I Do For You" T. Jackson, J. Jackson, M. Jackson, M. Jackson, R. Jackson, 4:05
7" vinyl single - UK (Epic – S EPC 9391)[3]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Heartbreak Hotel" Michael Jackson 4:47
2. "Different Kind Of Lady" The Jacksons 3:36
CD single - Japan[4]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "This Place Hotel" Michael Jackson 5:45
2. "Lovely One" Michael Jackson, Randy Jackson 3:45
CD single 1989 - Austria (Epc 654555 3)[5]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Heartbreak Hotel" Michael Jackson 5:42
2. "Blame It on the Boogie" Mick Jackson, Dave Jackson, Elmar Krohn 6:56

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 287. 
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (2010). Goldmine Standard Catalog of American Records 1948-1991 (8th ed.). Krause. p. 603. ISBN 978-0-89689-958-2. 
  3. ^ The Sound Of The Crowd - a Discography of the '80s (Third Edition) By Steve Binnie - The Jacksons – Heartbreak Hotel], UK 7" vinyl single Epic – S EPC 9391
  4. ^ suruga-ya.jp - The Jacksons - This Place Hotel] - Japan Mini CD single, JANコード: 4988010603953, 管理番号: 250029520, 発売日:1988/10/26, 定価: 956円メーカー:型番: 108P-3048
  5. ^ The Sound Of The Crowd - a Discography of the '80s (Third Edition) By Steve Binnie - Heartbreak Hotel 3"CD single 1989