"Quincy Jones did not want 'Billie Jean' to appear on Thriller; he felt that the song was too weak to be part of the collection. The producer disliked the demo and did not care for the song's bass line...Jones also wanted to change the track's title to 'Not My Lover,' believing that people would think the song referred to the tennis player Billie Jean King...Jackson refused to change the title and asked Jones to give him co-producing credits for the track; he felt that the demo tape sounded exactly like the finished product."
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