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Beat It

"Beat It" is a song by American singer Michael Jackson from his sixth studio album, Thriller. It was produced by Quincy Jones. Quincy Jones encouraged Jackson to include a rock song on the album, though Jackson had never shown an interest in the genre. Jackson said of "Beat It", "I wanted to write a song, the type of song that I would buy if I were to buy a rock song... That is how I approached it and I wanted the children to enjoy it—the school children as well as the college students."Following the successful Thriller singles "The Girl Is Mine" and "Billie Jean", "Beat It" was released on February 14, 1983 as the album's third single. "Beat It" peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, staying there for three weeks. It charted at number one on the Billboard Hot Black Singles chart. Billboard ranked the song No. 5 for 1983. It is certified 5x Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. With over 7 million copies sold worldwide, it is one of the best-selling singles of all time.

"Beat It" was a number one hit in Europe, reaching number one in Spain and the Netherlands. The single, along with its music video, helped propel Thriller into becoming the best-selling album of all time; the song is notable for its music video, which features Jackson bringing two gangsters together through the power of music and dance, for Eddie Van Halen's guitar solo. The music video helped establish Jackson as an international pop icon. "Beat It" has been cited as one of the most successful, recognized and celebrated songs in the history of popular music. It was inducted into the Music Video Producers Hall of Fame. Rolling Stone ranked "Beat It" number 344 on its list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, it and was included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs Roll. The song was ranked number 81 on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time. "Beat It" was composed by Michael Jackson for his Thriller album. Producer Quincy Jones had wanted to include a rock and roll song in the vein of the Knack's "My Sharona", though Jackson had never shown an interest in the genre.

Jackson said of "Beat It", "I wanted to write a song, the type of song that I would buy if I were to buy a rock song... That is how I approached it and I wanted the children to enjoy it—the school children as well as the college students."The song is played in the key of E ♭ minor at a moderately fast tempo of 138 beats per minute. In the song, Jackson's vocal range is B ♭ 3 to D ♭ 5. Upon hearing the first recorded vocals, Jones stated that it was what he was looking for; the song begins with seven distinct synthesizer notes played on the Synclavier digital synthesizer, with Tom Bahler credited for the Synclavier performance on the song. The intro is taken note for note from a demo LP released the year before, called "The Incredible Sounds of Synclavier II" first published in 1981 by Denny Jaeger Creative Services and sold by New England Digital, makers of the Synclavier; the drums were played by Toto co-founder Jeff Porcaro. Jermaine Jackson has suggested the inspiration of "Beat It" and its video came from the Jackson family experiencing gang activity in Gary, Indiana.

"From our front window, we witnessed, about three bad rumbles between rival gangs." The lyrics of "Beat It" have been described as a "sad commentary on human nature". The line "don't be a macho man" is said to express Jackson's dislike of violence, whilst referring to the childhood abuse he faced at the hands of his father Joseph. Eddie Van Halen, lead guitarist of hard rock band Van Halen, was asked to add a guitar solo; when contacted by Jones, Van Halen thought he was receiving a prank call. Having established that the call was genuine, Van Halen used a Hartley-Thompson amplifier borrowed from guitarist Allan Holdsworth and recorded his guitar solo free of any charge. "I did it as a favor", the musician said. "I was a complete fool, according to the rest of our manager and everyone else. I was not used. I knew what I was doing – I don't do something unless I want to do it." Van Halen recorded his contribution following Jones and Jackson arriving at the guitarist's house with a "skeleton version" of the song.

Fellow guitarist Steve Lukather recalled, "Initially, we rocked it out as Eddie had played a good solo—but Quincy thought it was too tough. So I had to reduce the distorted guitar sound and, what was released." Two versions of the solo were recorded. Right before Van Halen's guitar solo begins, a noise is heard that sounds like somebody knocking at a door, it is reported. Another story has claimed that the sound was the musician knocking on his own guitar; the sound, however, is that of Jackson knocking on a drum case, as he is credited in the album's liner notes. The engineers were shocked during the recording of Van Halen's solo to discover that the sound of his guitar had caused the monitor speaker in the control room to catch fire, causing one to exclaim, "This must be good!" "Beat It" was released on February 14, 1983, following the successful chart performances of "The Girl Is Mine" and "Billie Jean". Frank DiLeo, the vice president of Epic Records, convinced Jackson to release "Beat It" while "Billie Jean" was heading towards number one.

Dileo, who became Jackson's manager predicted that both singles would remain in the Top 10 at the same time. "Billie Jean" remained atop the Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks, before being toppled by "Come On Ei

Geiranger

Geiranger is a small tourist village in Sunnmøre region of Møre og Romsdal county in the western part of Norway. It lies in the municipality of Stranda at the head of the Geirangerfjorden, a branch of the large Storfjorden; the nearest city is Ålesund. Geiranger is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, has been named the best travel destination in Scandinavia by Lonely Planet. Since 2005, the Geirangerfjord area has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the Seven Sisters waterfall is located just west of Geiranger, directly across another waterfall called "The Suitor." Norwegian County Road 63 passes through the village. Geiranger Church is the main church for surrounding area. Geiranger is under constant threat from landslides from the mountain Åkerneset into the fjord. A collapse could cause a tsunami; the Old Norse form of the name was Geirangr. The suffix -angr is a common element in Norwegian place names; the first element could be the plural genitive of the Norse word geiri, related to English gore.

This would refer to the several small farms and fields lying in the steep mountain sides around the fjord. This third biggest cruise ship port in Norway receives 140 to 180 ships during the four-month tourist season. In 2012 some 300,000 cruise passengers visited Geiranger during the summer season; the Geiranger Port has a cruise terminal, a Seawalk, 3–4 anchor positions depending on the size of the ships. Constructed in 2013, the Seawalk is a three-segment articulated floating pier, it is 236 metres long and 4.5 metres wide on 10 pontoons, which moves to accommodate up to 4,000 passengers per hour disembarking from a single ship. Several hundred thousand people pass through the village every summer, tourism is the main business for the 250 people who live there permanently. There are five hotels and over ten camping sites; the tourist season stretches from May to early September. Tours of the nearby historic farms of Knivsflå and Skageflå are available from Geiranger; each year in June, the Geiranger – From Fjord to Summit event occurs.

It comprises a half marathon run and a bicycle race, both starting from the sea level at the fjord and ending at the 1,497 metres summit of Mount Dalsnibba, near the lake Djupvatnet. Since there is still a lot of snow left in the mountains at that time of year, the race is called "From Summer to Winter". Released in August 2015, "The Wave" is a Norwegian disaster movie based on the premise of a rock slide from the mountain Åkerneset inundating the town of Geiranger. Geiranger travel guide from Wikivoyage geiranger.no Geiranger Fjord — David Cartagena print Destinasjon Geirangerfjord - Trollstigen Image from Geiranger Geiranger - From Fjord to Summit UNESCO World Heritage Geiranger in 360 degrees VR panorama

Montana Highway 16

Montana Highway 16 is a 152.371-mile-long state highway in the US state of Montana. It begins in West Glendive at a Business Loop of Interstate 94, ends at the Port of Raymond on the Saskatchewan border; the northern portion from U. S. Route 2 at Culbertson to the Canada–United States border is proposed as part of the Theodore Roosevelt Expressway. MT 16 begins in West Glendive, across the Yellowstone River from Glendive, at an intersection with a business loop of Interstate 94, it proceeds north, crossing under I-94 before turning northeast to follow the left bank of the Yellowstone River and the Yellowstone Valley Railroad. After crossing from Dawson into Richland counties and passing through Knife River and Crane, the road meets MT 23 and MT 200 south of Sidney. With MT 200, the road continues into Sidney MT 16 leaves westwards on the northern outskirts of town and swings northwest, heading away from the North Dakota state line. Leaving the Yellowstone Valley, MT 16 heads cross-country towards Culbertson, crossing the Missouri River a few miles south of town and entering Roosevelt County there.

In Culbertson itself, the road meets US 2 leaves north, passing Froid's western outskirts and crossing into Sheridan County. Soon, it passes through the Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge, nearby Medicine Lake, swings around in an arc to a junction with MT 5, just southeast of Plentywood; the two highways have a concurrency through town. It has a clear run to the Canada–US border, continuing on as Saskatchewan Highway 6, connecting to Regina and beyond to Saskatoon