Michael Jackson Albums
Written and composed by: Michael Jackson
Released: 28th July 1979
Produced by: Quincy Jones
Originally on Off the Wall Album
Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough was Michael’s first solo track he had sole control over having written it himself. This made people realize his talents not only as a singer but also as a song writer.
Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough was the lead single from Off the Wall Album, the first album away from Motown records and the first debut album for Epic records.
The song was one of the first to feature some of Michael’s well known singing trademarks such as the falsetto voice, vocal hiccups and yelps, which would become even more well known for on some of his later releases. Up until now no one had had heard Michael singing in falsetto.
Released on July 28th 1979, it became Michaels first number one in the US in 7 years selling over 1 million copies and going Gold within 3 months.
The song hit number 3 in the UK charts and hit number one spots in many other countries including Australia, Norway and S. Africa.
This single was re released as part of the visionary: The singles video in the UK and other European countries on February 20th 2006, second time round it hit number 17 in the UK charts.
In 1980 Michael won his first solo Grammy award and his first AMA (American Music Award) fpr Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough.
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough Video
Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough was Michael’s first solo video, it was first shown on television October 1979.
What made this video so special at this time was the effect of Michael dancing in triplicate, as this had never been seen or done before.
In 2001 Dont’t Stop Til You Get Enough was featured in the film Rush Hour 2 with Chris Tucker singing a fan and friend of Michael’s.
Watch now in your browser the Michael Jackson Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough Video.
Released: November 30th 1982
Produced by: Michael Jackson
Sales: 50+ million
As an adult solo artist Michael Jackson set his sights as high as possible and dreamed of creating the best selling album in the world.
Michael’s first album, “Off The Wall” had sold very well, over 15 million copies and Michael worked again with worked with Quincy Jones as producer and Rod Temperton writing some of the songs including the title “Thriller”.
The albums aim was for every single to be a stand out track, and 7 of the albums 9 songs were released as singles. The exceptions being “Baby Be Mine” and “The Lady In My Life”.
In promoting the album Michael was one of the first to use music videos to promote some of the songs. He created videos for 3 of the singles, Billie Jean, Beat It, and the Thriller video. After a slow start and some reported pressure from Michael the videos received regular plays on MTV which at the time was the worlds main satellite music channel and up until then rarely played music videos by black artists, including those by Michael.
In fact it was MTV who actually funded the 14 minute Thriller video which went on to become a record breaker in its own right after the record label had refused to fund a third album video, being fully satisfied with the albums success. The release of the Thriller video again sent album sales soaring.
Each video portrayed a story to go with the song, Michael often used to refer to these as short films rather than music videos.
Michael also teamed up again with Paul McCartney for the track “The Girl Is Mine” which was the first single to be released from the album.
The Thriller album won a recording breaking 8 Grammy Awards, including album of the year 1984. Michael wore a blue and gold outfit, and white glitter glove.
It also won 8 American Music Awards in 1984.
The album has been released on cd, cassette and vinyl. There are also picture disc versions of the album.
Sales figures vary, but its believed the album has sold well over 50 million copies, some say over 100 million.
Released: August 31st 1987
Produced by: Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones.
Sales: 30+ million
Released in 1987 in August 1987 Michael had devoted two and a half years to recording the follow up to the Thriller album , which at the time of the Bad albums release had sold over 40 million records and was the world best selling album.
Michael again worked with Quincy Jones as producer, and they both set out to make the most perfect album humanly possible.
Michael wrote all but 2 of the songs on the album, “Man In the Mirror” a great self message song co-written by Siedah Garrett who co sings on the love song “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” and “Just Good Friends” the duet with Stevie Wonder were the only other tracks not written by Michael.
The first 5 singles from the album all went to Number One in the U.S Billboards charts. To this day it remains the only album to have 5 number one singles.
On the Cd, new technology allowed space for an extra track “Leave Me Alone” a simple message and along with the video gets the message across of him wanting some privacy and trying to dispel some of the ludicrous stories constantly surrounding the now global superstar.
The album has sold over 30 million copies.
The album won 2 Grammy Awards.
The album was released in cd, vinyl and cassette format. Picture discs were also released.
Other factors that helped in the promotion of the albums and singles started up to a year before the Bad album was released when Michael had starred in the Disney video Captain Eo which featured the song “Another Part of Me”. This 3d movie was sown at the Disneyland theme parks from 1986 to 1984.
Michael also released his short biographical film Moonwalker which was basically a collection of most his short films from the album as well as featuring snippets of various Jackson 5 and Jackson singles.
Michael Jackson launched his first solo world tour which was split into 2 legs from September 1987 to January 1989. He played live to over 4 million fans.
Music Videos that accompanied released singles.
The Way You Make Me Feel Video
Man In The Mirror Video
Dirty Diana Video
Another Part Of Me Video
Smooth Criminal Video
Leave Me Alone Video
Liberian Girl Video – features an array of celebrities.
2. The Way You Make Me Feel
3. Speed Demon
4. Liberian Girl
5. Just Good Friends (Duet with Stevie Wonder)
6. Another Part of Me
7. Man in the Mirror
8. I Just Can’t Stop Loving You
9. Dirty Diana
10. Smooth Criminal
Extra track on the CD
11. Leave Me Alone
Released: November 26th 1991
Produced by: Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley, Bill Bottrell.
Sales: 30+ million
The Dangerous album was released on November 26, 1991, and became the fastest selling number one album, breaking the records by entering the charts at #1 only 3 days after it’s release! It was also the first album released by Sony Music that had a Thursday release date, rather than the traditional Monday release.
This was the first solo album by Michael Jackson that was not produced by Quincy Jones. For this album Michael worked on production with Teddy Riley and Bill Bottrell. The album is classed as New Jack Swing in genre and is the biggest selling New Jack Swing album of all time.
The ‘Dangerous’ album produced 9 singles from it’s 14 tracks; “Black Or White”, “Remember The Time”, “Jam”, “In The Closet”, “Heal The World”, “Who Is It”, “Will You Be There”, and “Gone Too Soon”. The “Black Or White” single made a 32-spot jump on the Pop singles charts, breaking the Beatles’ record set by their song “Let It Be” in 1970.
Guest appearances on this album were made by rapper L.T.B, Princess Stephanie of Monaco (credited as the “Mystery Girl”), and Slash (Give In To Me).
The album won 1 Grammy Award.
The album was released in cd, double vinyl and cassette format. Picture discs were also released.
One of the factors that lead to a huge increase in the albums sales was Michael’s performance at the 1993 Super bowl half time show which was watched by a reported 120 million people, making it one of the most viewed television audiences of all time.
Michael allowed Oprah Winfrey to interview him at his Neverland Ranch for a 90 minute TV Special which also boosted album sales.
Michael also launched the 2 leg dangerous world tour which run from June 1992 to November 1993 performing to an audience totaling approximately 3.4 million people.
Music Videos that accompanied released singles.
Black Or White Video
Remember The Time Video – featuring Eddie Murphy and Iman.
Come Together Video
In The Closet Video -featuring Naomi Campbell.
Who Is It Video
Jam Video – featuring Michael Jordan.
Heal The World Video
Give In To Me Video – featuring Slash on guitar.
Will You Be There Video – Features scenes from “Free Willy”.
Gone Too Soon Video
2. Why You Wanna Trip On Me
3. In The Closet
4. She Drives Me Wild
5. Remember The Time
6. Can’t Let Her Get Away
7. Heal The World
8. Black Or White
9. Who Is It
10. Give In To Me
11. Will You Be There
12. Keep The Faith
13. Gone Too Soon
Released: June 20th 1995
Produced by: Michael Jackson, James Harris, Janet Jackson, Terry Lewis, Teddy Riley, Dallas Austin, Bill Bottrell, David Foster, R. Kelly.
Sales: 20+ million
HISTORY: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE BOOK I Album
The HIStory album was released on June 20, 1995, and was Michael’ a two disc album with a total of 30 songs. The first disc “HIStory Begins” was a collection of 15 of Michael’s greatest hits as an adult solo artist. All greatest hits songs are the same as the original album versions.
The second disc “HIStory Continues” of this album contained 15 brand new songs, 12 of which were composed and written by Michael himself. Although the track “Come Together” was recorded in 1987 and released asa double A- Side with “Remember the Time” as well as having been featured in the Moonwalker movie many years earlier.
The second disc of the ‘History’ album also credited Michael for the first time with playing the keyboards, Synthesizer, drums and percussion, and guitar.
Special appearances on the album were made by Janet Jackson, Shaquille O’Neal, Notorius B.I.G, Boyz II Men, and Slash.
The album was controvercial, with many angry songs – Michael’s reply to the press and allegations that had been plaguing his life and career over the previous few years, as well as had a softer edge with ballads such as “You Are Not Alone”, “Earth Song”, “Stranger In Moscow” and “Smile”. Shortly after it’s release the ‘HIStory’ album was pulled from the shelves due to the the controvercial lyrics in the song “They Don’t Care About Us”, and new copies of the album were released with a formal apology written by Michael to those who may have been offended by the lyrics.
5 singles were released off of this album; “Scream”, “Earth Song”, “You Are Not Alone”, “Stranger In Moscow”, and “They Don’t Care About Us”. The album hit #1 in 19 countries around the world, with world wide sales of over 15 million. The “You Are Not Alone” single broke a world record when it became the first-ever single to debut at #1 on the Billboard music charts.
Special editions of the HIStory album were released in Canada, Germany, Holland, and France in which Michael spoke directly to his fans of these countries thanking them for their support over the years and promising to tour their countries soon.
Michael Jackson launched his final world tour , the History Tour from September 2006 to October 2009 and peforming to over 4.5 million fans.
Music Videos that accompanied released singles.
Scream – the most expensive music video of all time.
You Are Not Alone Video featuring Lisa Marie Presley.
Earth Song Video
They Don’t Care About Us Video
Stranger In Moscow Video
1. Billie Jean
2. The Way You Make Me Feel
3. Black Or White
4. Rock With You
5. She’s Out Of My Life
7. I Just Can’t Stop Loving You
8. Man In The Mirror
10. Beat It
11. The Girl Is Mine
12. Remember The Time
13. Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
14. Wanna Be Startin’ Somthin’
15. Heal The World
1. Scream (Duet with Janet Jackson)
2. They Don’t Care About Us
3. Stranger In Moscow
4. This Time Around
5. Earth Song
8. Come Together
9. You Are Not Alone
11. Tabloid Junkie
12. 2 Bad
14. Little Susie
Produced by: Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Bill Bottrell, Dallas Austin, David Foster, Janet Jackson and R. Kelly.
Sales: 6+ million
BLOOD ON THE DANCE FLOOR Album
This 13 track album was released in May, 1997 and contained 5 new songs in addition to 8 remixed tracks from the HIStory album. The album went on to become the best selling remix album of al time.Due to the fact that Michael was on the History world tour at the time of recording the album, many of the tracks were recorded and mixed in countries around the globe such as Sweden, Switzerland and Germany.
The album was originally planned to be a promotional tool for the European leg of the HIStory tour, and for this reason was not widely publicized in most of the world. The album ended up being widely successful around the globe, despite the low promotions, with the album and/or the title single reaching #1 in over 10 countries.
There were two singles released for this album. The first one ‘Blood On The Dance Floor’ was released around the world, and the second single ‘History/Ghosts’ was released in Europe and Australia.
2 of the tracks, “Ghosts” and “Is It Scary” were used in the 39 minute short movie Ghosts.
To date the Blood On The Dance Floor album has sold 6 million copies world wide.
Blood On The Dance Floor
Ghosts – features footage from the Ghosts movie.
3. Superfly Sister
4. Is It Scary
5. Scream Louder – Flyte Time Remix
6. Money – Fire Island Radio Edit
7. 2 Bad – Refugee Camp Mix
8. Stranger In Moscow – Tee’s In-House Club Mix
9. This Time Around – D.M Radio Mix
10. Earth Song – Hani’s Club Experience
11. You Are Not Alone – Classic Club Mix
12. History – Tony Moran’s History Lesson
Released: October 30th 2001
Produced by: Michael Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, Teddy Riley, Kenneth “Baby face” Edmonds, R. Kelly and Dr. Freeze.
Sales: 8+ million
Invincible was released 29th/30th October 2001 and featured 16 new tracks.The album was released on CD, and vinyl and released with 5 different covers those being white/silver, blue, green, red and orange, to make collecting the CDs “more fun” for fans!
The album debuted at Number One in 12 different countries.
Up to now the album has reportedly sold 8 – 10 million copies. Although a high selling album compared to other artists it was much lower than Michael’s previous releases. This was primarily due to the lack of promotion by Sony Music. Michael and the music company fell out and he accussed them of not promoting the album. After the first single “You Rock My World” was released it became clear that Sony Music were not interested in promoting the album. Only 1 more single “Cry” written by R. Kelly was released and that was without a proper music video.
The only event that helped in the promotion of the album was the September 2001 30th Anniversary celebration in Madison Square Gardens. 2 concerts held on 7th and 10 September. A host of stars including Beyonce, Britney Spears, Usher, Justin Timberlake and many more sang Michael songs. Michael also performed solo and also with his brothers. Even this event was overshadowned by the attacks on 9/11.
You Rock My World Michaels last appearance in his own video.
Cry This video had nothing to do with Michael.
4. Break Of Dawn
5. Heaven Can Wait
6. You Rock My World
9. 2000 Watts
10. You Are My Life
12. Don’t Walk Away
14. The Lost Children
15. Whatever Happens