"This Time Around" is a song by American recording artist and song-writer Michael Jackson that features the vocals from rapper The Notorious B.I.G. The song appears on Jackson's ninth studio album, entitled HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I, which was released in 1995 as a two-disc set. The song and lyrics were written by Michael Jackson, while the music was composed by Dallas Austin, Bruce Swedien and Rene Moore. Dallas Austin and Michael Jackson produced the song, while Bruce Swedien and René Moore served as co-producers. The song's lyrics details a musician's problems with being famous and dealing with stardom. In December 1995, the track was released as a promotional single in the United States only, containing a radio edit and remixes. "This Time Around" had a good chart performance, having charted solely due to radio airplay throughout the country. The song received positive reviews from contemporary music critics.
"This Time Around" is credited as being a R&B, hip-hop and funk song. Written in common time, and was played in the key of D minor. The track's tempo is a moderate 108 beats per minute. The track has a basic sequence of Dm11–Dm9 as its chord progression. The song's lyrics are about Michael and Biggie's problems with being famous and dealing with stardom, and throughout the song Jackson asserts that he's been "falsely accused". On December 26, 1995, the track was released by Epic Records as a promotional single in the United States only. The promo was formatted in three different versions, which were as a standalone CD single with just the song, as a 12" single with remixes and as a maxi-single.
"This Time Around" received positive reviews from contemporary music critics in their review for the album. James Hunter of Rolling Stone described the song as being a "dynamite jam...done with Atlanta R&B hotshot Dallas Austin that's ripe for remixes". Jon Pareles of The New York Times believed that Jackson "muttered" lyrics such as "They thought they really had control of me". Although "This Time Around" did not chart on the Billboard Hot 100, the track had a good chart performance on music component charts in the United States. The song charted on music charts based solely on radio airplay throughout the country. It charted within the top 40 of the BillboardRhythmic Top 40 chart in 1995, peaking at number 36. The song peaked at number 18 on the BillboardDance Music/Club Play Singles music charts 1996. In 1996, the track also peaked at number 23 on the BillboardHot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.