Today in MJJ HIStory
1980 – The Jacksons album Triumph was released.
Despite the group’s immediate absence from the concert stage, Triumph became the group’s first album to reach number one on the R & B charts since 1971’s Maybe Tomorrow.
Despite sporting popular hits like Lovely One and Can You Feel It, the album’s “Triumph” was no doubt boosted in part by the enormous success of Michael’s Off The Wall the previous summer. It would not be the last time that the brothers rushed out product to build on the momentum of a successful Michael Jackson album.
1983 – Why, why? … tell them that is Human Nature… I like living this way …
Michael’s single “Human Nature” was released as Thriller album’s fifth single; The balled was the last selected for the album, ousting “Carousel” from the final track listing. Although not released in the UK, the song achieved chart success in the US. Reaching number two on Billboard’s Hot Adult Contemporary chart and number seven on the Hot 100, the song became Jackson’s fifth Top 10 hit from Thriller. In New Zealand the single reached number 11.
1988 – Michael Jackson performs Bad World Tour in Koln, Germany, at Mungersdorfer Stadium, attending 70,000.
1995 – Michael Jackson is on Jet Magazine.
2002 – “MIIB – Men In Black II” premières in the movie theatres; Michael Jackson surprises viewers with his small cameo appearance as an undercover alien intelligence officer ‘Agent M’;tries to persuade Chief Zed to make him Agent M! Michael receives one of the biggest laughs! Both critics and the public praised Michael’s performance & his sense of humor:)
“… A big fan of sci-fi, Michael was delighted to be briefly featured in the original Men In Black, albeit without permission and as a rogue alien. For the sequel, he sought out director Barry Sonnenfeld (pictured) and requested a cameo. It was granted, and ***** was billed as an undercover alien intelligence officer called ‘Agent M’.”
The sci-fi action comedy starring Will Smith & Tommy Lee Jones, sees the government agents team up again to tackle an alien which disguises itself in the body of a model, played by Flynn Boyle. MIIB do well at the box office in the US, charted at #1 in it’s opening weekend with a revenue of $52.2m.
Director Barry Sonnenfeld scored a big hit in convincing Michael Jackson to appear in Men in Black II as an alien. The cameo lasts only a few seconds, but Michael had a lot of questions about his role, according to Sonnenfeld. He wanted to know everything about the special effects background of his scene. Sonnenfeld told him that there would be icebergs, but Michael wanted to know much more details:
‘Can I see the icebergs?’
‘No we don’t have the photos yet.’
‘Is there anything else behind me?’
‘Penguins.’ I’m making this up! I don’t know if there are going to be penguins,” Sonnenfeld said.
“‘Can I see the penguins?’
‘No I don’t have the pictures of the penguins yet.’
‘Are they king penguins?’
‘Yes.’ And then I said, ‘You know, I gotta go.'”
Will Smith explained in an interview that seeing Michael, dressed in MIB trademenk attire and consulting MIB chief Zed via monitor, is a credit to Michael’s sense of humor:
You know, when he comes on the screen, people are really happy. It’s as if Michael is saying to the world,
‘OK, all right. I’m human just like everyone else. I appreciate a good joke just like everyone else does,‘
But the thing that I loved so much is he kept wanting to play it serious. You know, he was, like,
‘You know, I’m a Man In Black, I just want it to be really serious.‘
I think people are going to be really shocked and really surprised, and enjoy seeing Michael in this film and in this light.
2007 – Raymone confirms that Michael is scouting out some summer- house properties. he was in the Eastern Shore of Maryland last week for about 24 hours.
Michael came east with his children about 10 days ago to attend some meetings with his advisers and attorneys who live in the East coast.