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However, when he heard it, Gaye was so impressed with the double-lead feel that he kept it, influencing his later recordings where he mastered vocal multi-layering adding in three different vocal parts. Before presenting the song to Gordy, he produced a false fade to the song, bringing the song back for a few seconds after it was initially to have ended. The song was also notable for its use of major seventh and minor seventh chords, which was a fairly uncommon use at the time.
When Gordy heard the song after Gaye presented the song to him in California, he turned down Gaye's request to release it, telling Gaye he felt it was "the worst thing I ever heard in my life".
Anxious for Marvin Gaye product, Balk got Motown's sales vice president Barney Ales to release the song, releasing it on January 17, , sending , copies of the song to radio stations across the country. The initial success of this led to a further , to reach demand, selling over , copies within a week. The song eventually sold more than two million copies, becoming then the fastest-selling Motown single at the time.
The song's success forced Gordy to allow Gaye to produce his own music, giving him an ultimatum to complete an album by the end of March, later resulting in the What's Going On album itself. The song was reviewed by Slant magazine as a song that presented a contradictory sound, with the song's mournful tone going in contrast to the party atmosphere of the vocal chatter. In , it was voted 2 in "Detroit's Greatest Songs",  a project based on voting by music experts and the public, conducted by the Detroit Free Press.
In March , it was released as the third single from the album. On the album version, the song starts off with a series of gunshots in reference to the Vietnam War while the single release is a remix with an alternate vocal used in the intro.
It is the single version that most often appears on Lauper compilations. Lauper's cover was a modest hit worldwide. Thanks to club remixes by Shep Pettibone , the song reached 17 on the U.
However, the song failed to reach the US top ten unlike Lauper's previous two singles from her True Colors album including the title track and " Change of Heart ", reaching The remake of "What's Going On"  was the first of the Rock Aid Armenia releases in aid of those suffering from the Armenian earthquake. This was released as a single on Island Records. In , the song was covered in the Music Relief ' This cover was released as a benefit single released in memory of the Rwandan genocide and is also on the album Now That's What I Call Music!
All singers who participated in the project are: C. The song was recorded shortly before the September 11, attacks , and it was decided afterwards that a portion of the song's proceeds would benefit the American Red Cross ' September 11 fund as well. The collaboration was a success worldwide, peaking within the top ten on the charts of Denmark, Ireland, and the United Kingdom and the top twenty on the charts of Flanders , Ireland, New Zealand, Sweden and Switzerland.
In New Zealand it went Gold for selling over 5, units. On the US Billboard Hot , the cover peaked at number 27, and it additionally reached number 24 on both the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 and Rhythmic charts.
A music video was directed by Jake Scott. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other songs, see What's Going On. Billboard Hot  2 U.
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