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Michael Jackson 'Billie Jean' Returns to Hot 100 Thanks to Viral Video of Brett W. Nichols Dancing [WATCH]

By Carolyn Menyes c.menyes@musictimes.com | May 28, 2014 10:27 PM EDT

Michael Jackson has moonwalked back into the Hot 100 with an old hit. After a high school student Brett W. Nichols did a spot-on rendition of the king of pop's moonwalk and more at a high school talent show, leading to a viral video sensation, "Billie Jean" re-enters the Billboard charts at No. 14.

According to Billboard, "Billie Jean" pops back up to the 14th spot on the Billboard Hot 100 thanks to the 11.2 million streams of the video "Talent Rally Highlights 2014," which largely features Nichols dancing to one of the several signature tracks from Jackson's Thriller album.

Roughly 95 percent of the song's chart points came from the video sensation, which has since grown to over 15 million views on YouTube as of press time.

Watch the viral video featuring "Bille Jean" and Nichols below, in case you somehow happened to miss it:

"Billie Jean" originally peaked at No. 1 during its initial Billboard run in 1982, where it sat for seven weeks. Its 2014 re-entry isn't the only Jackson track on the charts this week. Xscape singles "Slave To The Rhythm" and "Love Never Felt So Good" (feat. Justin Timberlake) are also in the Hot 100.

The re-entry of "Billie Jean" isn't the first time an old Jackson hit popped up on the Hot 100 in recent memory. After 2013's Halloween, the spooky classic hit "Thriller" scared its way back to the charts, appearing in a ghostly form at No. 42.

This also isn't the first time a viral video helped launch an old song into the Hot 100. Both Enya's "Only Time" and Bon Jovi's "Livin' On A Prayer" made chart reappearances in the last year, thanks to YouTube sensations.

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