Microsoft conspiracy theory #472: Rihanna & Michael Jackson's subliminal 'Soft endorsement

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Am I going completely nuts and verging dangerously close on Zune-guy’s obsession with Microsoft, for hearing the lyric ‘It’s the sound, the sound of Microsoft’ within winter-loving pop-strumpet Rihanna’s ‘Please Don’t Stop The Music’ song?

Our ever informative Stu from My Chemical Toilet has told me the repetitive background lyric in the song (more noticeable at 2.40 minutes into the track) is actually a sample from Michael Jackson’s ‘Wanna Be Startin’ Something’, which various lyrics directories claim is him singing ‘Ma ma sa, ma ma coo sa, ma ma se, ma ma sa, ma ma coo sa’. (Apparently originally taken from Cameroonian saxophonist Manu Dibango’s ‘Soul Makossa’).

Tinfoil-hat-wearers, got an opinion? Is this just typical Michael Jackson gobbledy-gook or a subliminal brainwashing attempt from Microsoft to sell more copies of Word, which was released in 1983, the same year as the song? And if so, can we assume that Rihanna’s 2007 hit was promoting Vista?

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Katherine Hannaford

3 comments

  • to me it was ‘Ill be stayin on the sound of microsoft’. came to this page after googling after hearing it on the radio. I am now off to my favourite bacofoil milliners for a good mooch around and perhaps a new purchase.

  • Yep, I’ve been hearing Rihanna singing “It’s the sound, the sound of Microsoft” as well… and it’s driving me nuts!

  • I think its great that MJ has friends that understand him better than some do. Its great that other artist who are trying to make it in this world help there friends like MJ when he’s doing his comeback which I definately approve of because he is #1 in my book. And Riahna’s song is awesome that I really dont want this song to stop its that good. You go girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So there aent nothing wrong going on its friends helping friends. You go MJ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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