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COVER vs ORIGINAL: ‘Say Say Say’

The song, “Say Say Say”, was originally recorded by Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson in 1982

“Say Say Say” is a song written by Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson and recorded in 1982. The song eventually turned up on McCartney’s 1983 album “Pipes Of Peace”. The track was produced by Beatles producer George Martin (1926-2016) and was released as the lead single from the album in October 1983. It went to No.1 in seven countries including the United States and peaked at No.2 in the UK and Switzerland.

In 2006, Dutch producers Klubbheads – Koen Groeneveld and Addy van der Zwan – under the name of ‘Hi Tack’ sampled the song for their debut single, which was re-titled “Say Say Say (Waiting 4 U)”. Their version was a big Dance hit internationally, and also became a hugely successful commercial chart hit, making No.4 in the UK and the top ten across most of Europe.

A remix/re-produced version of the original song was released by Norwegian producer and DJ Kygo in 2023 under the artist title of ‘Kygo featuring Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson’, the latest ‘cover’ by Kygo having previously remixed Donna Summer’s “Hot Stuff“, Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” and Whitney Houston’s recording of Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love“.

But which version is the best? McCARTNEY and JACKSON’s original, HI TACK’s sample or KYGO’s new version?

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