Today in MJJ HIStory
1972 – In London, the Jackson 5 participated in the “Royal Variety Performance.”
1984 – The Jacksons perform Victory tour at Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia [USA] attending 30,000.
Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” was certified at 20 times Platinum by the RIAA.
2000 – Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” was certified at 26 times Platinum by the RIAA.
Michael Jackson’s “Blood On The Dance Floor: History in the Mix” was certified Platinum by the RIAA.
2001 – Michael Jackson’s album “Invincible” was released in US and Canada.
Michael dedicates album “Invincible” (released October 30, 2001) to 15-year-old murdered African-Norwegian, Benjamin Hermansen, advising on the importance of not judging a person by race, but by character.
The album was the Michael’s first in 10 years that featured all new material. Invincible spent two years in production and cost approximately $30 million to make; reportedly the most expensive album ever made. The album featured 16 tracks, 14 of which Michael wrote or co-wrote; “Unbreakable”, “Heartbreaker”, “Invincible”, “Heaven Can Wait”, “You Rock My World”, “Speechless”, “2000 Watts”, “You Are My Life”, “Privacy”, “Don’t Walk Away”, “The Lost Children” and “Threatened”. R. Kelly contributed the anthem track “Cry” and UK duo Floetry contributed the beautiful “Butterflies”. Slash performed a guitar solo on “Privacy” and Santana contributed a guitar performance to “Whatever Happens”. The album featured two posthumous appearances; a rap performance by Notorious B.I.G on “Unbreakable” and samples of Rod Sterling’s voice on “Threatened”. Brandy contributed additional vocals to “Unbreakable”. Michael brought in Rodney Jerkins of Darkchild to produce and write on six of the tracks. Again, Michael produced the entire project himself and played many of the musical instruments. The album was initially released with cover art that came in five limited edition colours. Invincible went to number 1 in 13 countries including the US, UK and Australia. The album showed incredible first week sales in the US, selling over 300,000 copies. Invincible sold a massive 5.4 million copies in just two months of its release.
2008 – Michael takes Prince, Paris & Blanket to Borders Library in Westwood.
Michael’s spokesperson, Dr. Tohme, in response to recent rumors regarding Michael’s participation in a Jackson 5 reunion, has issued the following statement from Michael Jackson:
“My brothers and sisters have my full love and support, and we’ve certainly shared many great experiences, but at this time I have no plans to record or tour with them. I am now in the studio developing new and exciting projects that I look forward to sharing with my fans in concert soon.”