Written and Composed by Michael Jackson Produced by Michael Jackson for MJJ Productions, Inc. and Bill Bottrell Executive Producer: Michael Jackson From the album Dangerous, released November 26, 1991 Released as a single March 29, 1993
THE SHORT FILM Director: David Fincher
Michael Jackson’s short film for “Who Is It” was the seventh of nine short films produced for recordings from Dangerous, Michael’s fourth album as an adult solo performer. As a single, “Who Is It” reached the Top 10 in nine countries, including Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Ireland and Germany. In the United States, the song reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Songs and Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales charts.
The “Who Is It” short film was directed by David Fincher, a Grammy and MTV Video Music Award-winning director who has since directed Oscar-nominated feature films including Se7en, Fight Club and The Social Network. Fincher’s dark, expressionistic visual style complements the tone of “Who Is It.” In the short film, Michael sings of heartbreak over a lover, while the woman he sings about changes costumes and identities for her work as a high-class call girl. Michael leaves town and her at the end of the short film, and his assistant hands her the calling cards she offered her clients, making sure she realizes that Michael found out about her infidelity.