Tabloid Junkie

 Things start cranking up with another attack upon the tabloids. To hit them where it hurts most. Their pockets.

...And rightly so.

 You see, these guys will never stop bashing celebrities let alone the average guy. That's what their in business for. It's a conflict of interest. They want you to be a "Tabloid Junkie"!

 O.K. Nuff said. Anyways, doesn't it sound similar to something Janet Jackson would do? Well give it up for Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis! They helped the "Sequined One" produce 7 sound tracks to what eventually evolved into "Scream". However, "Tabloid Junkie" was solely produced by Janet's producers.

 "Tabloid Junkie" was one of seven songs they produced together. Originally coined "Tabloid Jungle". Eventually, Jungle was dropped in favor of Junkie. Stressing the needless addiction to these worthless papers.

The beat is reminiscent of "Start Me Up" by Salt'N Peppa. I believe also produced by Jimmie and Lewis. The percussion gives me a visual of counting digitalized computer lines dashing about(as opposed to sheep in my sleep). All I gotta say is Michael was very smart to bring them into the recording sessions.

Lyrics

(Gossip Intro)

Speculate to break
The one you hate
Circulate the lie
You confiscate
Assassinate and mutilate
As the hounding media

In hysteria
Who is next
For you to resurrect
JFK exposed the CIA
Truth be told
The grassy knoll
As the blackmail story
In all your glory

It's slander
You say
It's not
A sword
But with
Your pen
You torture men
You'd crucify
The Lord

And you
Don't have to read it(read it)
And you don't
Have to eat it(eat it)
To buy it
Is to feed it(feed it)
So why do we keep
Foolin' ourselves

Just because you read it
In a magazine
Or see it
On the TV screen
Don't make it factual
Though everybody wants to
Read all about it
Just because you read it
In a magazine
Or see it
On the TV screen
Don't make it factual, actual

They say he's homosexual

In the hood
Frame him
If you could
Shoot to kill
To blame him
If you will
If he dies sympathize
Such false witnesses
Smuggish liars
If a black
Stab me
In the back
They'll be
In your face
Lie and shame
The race
Heroine and Marilyn
As the headline stories
Of all your glory

It's slander
With the words you use
You're a parasite
In black and white
Do anything for news

And you
Don't go and buy it(buy it)
And they won't
Glorify it('fy it)
To read it
Sanctifies it('fies it)
Then why do we keep
Foolin' ourselves

Just because you read it
In a magazine
Or see it
On the TV screen
Don't make it factual
Everybody wants to
Read all about it

Just because you read it
In a magazine
Or see it
On the TV screen
Don't make it factual
See, but everybody wants to
Believe all about it

Just because you read it
In a magazine
Or see it
On the TV screen
Don't make it factual
See, but everybody wants to
Believe all about it

Just because you read
It in a magazine
Or see it
On the TV screen
Don't make it
Factual, actual

She's blond
And she's bisexual

(Gossip Interlude)

Scandal
With the words you use
You're a parasite
In black and white
Do anything for news

And you
don't go and buy it(buy it)
And they won't glorify it('fy it)
To read it sanctifies it('fies it)
Why do we keep foolin' ourselves

Slander
You say it's not a sin
But with your pen
You torture men
Then why do we
Keep foolin' ourselves

Just because you read it
In a magazine
Or see it
On the TV screen
Don't make it factual
Though everybody wants to
Read all about it

Just because you read it
In a magazine
Or see it
On the TV screen
Don't make it factual
See, but everybody wants to
Read all about it

Just because you read it
In a magazine
Or see it
On the TV screen
Don't make it factual
So doncha believe

Just because you read it
In a magazine
Or see it
On the TV screen
Don't make it factual
So doncha believe
(stopwatch)

Just because you read it
In a magazine
Or see it
On the TV screen
Don't make it factual, actual

You're so darn
Dis-respectable
(cough)


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