The first single that was released was "Scream", a duet he did with his sister, Janet. The song was anticipated because this was the first time Michael and Janet ever did an song together. People wanted to know how the song would sound like and what was the short film going to be like. The first glimpse of the short film came from Entertainment Tonight.
Michael was still breaking records when it came to his short films because the "Scream" short film cost $7M to make making it the most expensive music video of all time. With the huge success of the song and short film, even winning three MTV Video Music Awards, more short films from the album were going to turn heads and get the public to talk.
The other short films from the album were:
From Entertainment Weekly -
"Whether Jackson is guilty of manhandling kids or not, what HIStory makes clear is that the past two years have taken their toll. The music rarely seems to transport him (and thereby us) to a higher plane. On ”Tabloid Junkie,” he comes as close to transcendence as anywhere on the album. The chorus — on which he snaps, ”Just because you read it in the magazine or see it on the TV screen don’t make it factual” — is his grabbiest, most driven refrain in years. The rest of the song, however, is mucked up with fake tabloid-TV snippets about his ”life,” and on the verses Jackson’s delivery is so terse (he’s not singing, he’s harrumphing) that his lyrics are all but obliterated. Handed a golden opportunity, he throws it all away — but then, it wouldn’t be the first time. Averaging out the A-grade hits and the overall C-level new material, HIStory winds up a B."Wasn't that mean? You see what I mean? The media did not care about his pain because at that time, Michael was seen as some off-putting person no one wanted to be near. The typical media to dismiss his music as if it was the plague.
From the New York Times -
The thing about Michael "pretending to be normal" is that he was never pretending to be anything. Describing his music at that time as "paranoia" and "vindictive" is how the media escapes the treatment they did to him. They do not want to hear it. If you read the next paragraph to the article, the reviewer states that "it has been a long time since Michael was just a performer". They just wanted Michael to sing and dance for his master instead of being a human being with emotions. The hell the media and the fools that accused him, falsely, of child abuse took a huge toll on Michael and he did not want to not deal with it anymore. After reading that part of the review, I didn't want to read anymore. The New York Times has always been evil towards Michael.
"He's not pretending to be normal any more. In his new songs, he is paranoid and cagey, messianic and petty, vindictive and maudlin. Comparing himself to John F. Kennedy and Jesus Christ, he's a megalomaniac who feels like a victim. Yet he remains one of the most gifted musicians alive. And somehow, with the strange synchronicity of pop culture's longtime survivors, his private distress may have put him back in touch with a public mood: there are a lot of aggrieved, belligerent people who feel just as victimized as he does."
From Rolling Stone -
"Instead of ignoring his troubles or attacking them from interesting angles, Jackson obsesses on his woes, an eager participant in today's talk-show din of personal confession. He's angry, miserable, tortured, inflammatory, furious about what he calls, in "Stranger in Moscow," a "swift and sudden fall from grace."Rolling Stone has a history of hating on Michael. You can't be shocked by what they stated about Michael in this review. They think that what happened to him should be blamed on him and that he is angry as if he cannot be. The reviewer wanted the reader to realized that Michael's glory days were over and he fell from grace. I guess 32 million records sold kills all of that negative nonsense the media was stating about this classic piece of modern day work.
The promotion for the album was in a form of a video of a statue of him.
"Amazing lead single “Scream” – released twenty years ago today – however offered a more relatable and enjoyable sense of catharsis. A duet with younger sister Janet Jackson, and produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, “Scream” finds the pair spitting out tightly wound lines railing against the press almost through gritted teeth, the industrial beats and clattering percussion encasing an incredible vocal performance from Michael that peaks with the line, “oh brother please have mercy 'cause I just can't take it”. Its sense of unleashed frustration makes it one of Jackson's most enduring songs outside of his 80s purple patch, the aggression sounding defiant as opposed to bitter. It also came with one of the best (and allegedly most expensive) videos of all time, director Mark Romanek housing the siblings in their very own wipe-clean, hyper-modern spaceship, complete with indoor zen garden, remote controlled art gallery and futuristic squash court. To celebrate its anniversary, here's a look at some of the stories surrounding the making of “Scream” and its video."
"18. There's a Sonic the Hedgehog connection that's kind of mind-blowing.https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=EFNJvJyaJxU
The clip above features the end credits music to Sonic the Hedgehog 3, which was released more than a year before "Stranger in Moscow." But doesn't it sound a lot like "Stranger in Moscow"? The similarity has perplexed video game fans for years, and it's been long rumored that Jackson composed music for the game but went uncredited – either as a result of the sex abuse allegations or because Jackson wasn't satisfied with the end result. The rumors and contradictions are laid out in this article, but today we still don't have a conclusive answer. "
"On July 14, 1994, Prince came to visit Michael in the early afternoon to discuss recording a song together. It was five years after the release of Prince and Madonna’s duet (“Love Song”), so he was probably more open to the idea. Michael and Prince had discussed doing a song before (the song “Bad”) but nothing had ever been recorded.On that day, Prince arrived with two huge bodyguards. The three of them walked right by me and into Michael’s lounge, which was the Studio 3 lounge at the Hit Factory at 421 West 54th Street in New York City. It was a private meeting, so I continued my work in Studio 4 – working on new music for HIStory. Prince talked with Michael for a few hours before leaving. That night, Prince played a show at the Palladium at 126 East 14th Street, which held between 2500-3000 people."
"There are two very vivid memories I have from early in the project: One about snow, and the other about U.S. Federal Court.
First, when we arrived in New York in early January of ’94, the city was being hammered with blizzard after blizzard. I seem to remember a record sixteen blizzards that winter. For a California boy like me it was pure magic! I loved the snow – but to be cool you slog through it, pull up you coat and keep your head down. Still, I loved it."
"Prince Jackson's aunt, La Toya Jackson, tweeted a photo of the two of them at the graduation ceremony at the private Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, California, writing, "So very proud of @princemjjjaxon," she wrote. "YOU DID! And you did it with Honors!!! #buckleyclassof2015."
"Prince, you have grown into an incredibly special young man," he wrote. "Words can’t express how proud I am of you. I will ALWAYS be here to support you wherever life takes you. I love you!"
You might be wondering where was Randy and Janet in all of this. In the past, Randy was there when his children graduated from high school but when it came to the other Jacksons graduating, he was a no show. He also, a few years back, did not show up when his daughter, Stevanna, graduated from Harvard. Janet was not there at the graduation party because, you guess it, she probably still has an issue with Michael's children. Instead of going, she did the unthinkable and go to the graduation party of her godson, Tyler, who's father is Janet's long time producer, Jimmy Jam. You can read the information here -
Talk about mean and uncalled for. I find this a slap in the face to Prince and the other Jacksons that graduated. Why choose your make believe family over your blood? It makes no sense. Besides the obvious disrespect, Blanket changed his name to Bigi and now goes to Buckley.
Another Jackson that is focusing on his education is Rijo and he is the second cousin of Michael's. He was profiled on a local paper called Lompac Record in which it discusses that he will be going to school at Northland College to play basketball. In the article, he talks about his cousin Michael and how much he meant to him and his family -
"Michael was like a father to me. I grew up surrounded by my mother, sister and grandma, and he took me under his wing. I know he is looking down on me with a smile on his face."Rijo talks about what he was going to do after he graduates from college -
"Jackson plans to major in social justice or sociology at Northland. He said he wants to work with underprivileged children as a social worker or probation officer."
Rijo, along with his sister, Simone, testified in defense of Michael during the 2005 uncalled for trial.
Isn't it good to see Michael's family going to school and focusing on what is important. I hope this trend continues next year and in the future. However, I have a concern for Prince and I know that I could be over reacting but there has been something that has been bothering me. By now, we have seen pictures of Prince smoking what appears to be weed and I, for one, am not a fan of weed smoking at all. I think that Prince should stop smoking that stuff and he also might have to take a break with hanging out with that Omer character. In fact, I would like for all of the Jacksons to stop hanging out with him. He needs to explain his "friendship" with that "doctor" that he called a "friend" that did some off things to Michael. If he cannot break off that "friendship" he has with that "doctor", he needs to stay far away from Michael's children and family. The reality of the lives of Michael's children is that not everyone has their best interests. I hope they truly understand that and start making decisions that will benefit them in the long run. I wish Michael's children the very best and may God bless them.
I was on social media one day and I read an article that stated that the Estate of Michael Jackson was considering making the Hayvenhurst Estate a tourist attraction. You can read the information here -
The Estate is looking into turning Michael's and the Jacksons' former home into an MJ museum. I think, if this was true and could be happening, is an wonderful idea. Finally, the Estate is truly making some sense now. The Hayvenhurst home is where Michael recorded some of his classic hits as well as a room that he dedicated to himself and his family. This would be a fantastic tourist attraction for all fans all over the world and someone in the family should be the tour guide if this would to become a reality. I am so for this 100% and I hope this does become a reality because there has to be a place where Michael's legacy can be stored and the famous home should be that place. Of course, not everyone is supportive of this idea. TMZ caught Jermaine and his wife Halima, coming out of a restaurant and asked them about the idea to make the Hayvenhurst home a museum and this is what he had to say -
"Episodes will delve into the professional and personal lives of: TJ, the 34-year-old father of four and the legal co-guardian of his uncle Michael’s kids, Prince, Paris and Blanket; Taryll, the 39-year-old father of two with a “very complicated” relationship with his sons’ mother; and the 41-year-old Taj, who is pursuing careers in music and film directing when he’s not defending the family name. The Jacksons: Next Generation will show these siblings raising their children, coping with the stresses of being a Jackson (which includes dealing with “the constant rumors, stalkers, and frauds who all want a piece of anything and anyone related to the family’s legacy,” according to the network), and performing with their R&B group 3T, whose 1995 debut album Brotherhood went triple platinum."
The Trailers - Excited for this.
"During an interview with CNN's Dana Bash, Trump compared himself to Jackson, saying that, like Jackson, people are talking about him without actually knowing him."You know when Michael Jackson died, I knew him very well, everybody was talking about Michael Jackson, but they didn't know him."
LaVelle Smith Jr.:
Lavelle Smith Jr., one of Michael long time dancing partners, went to Italy to celebrated Michael's birthday and stated this -
"This will be my first time celebrating Michael's birthday since we were on tour. This year I'm in Napoli for MJ-Day. Michael’s birthday reminds of all the times he was surprised on stage with a cake, the band singers and dancers joining in with the audience to sing "Happy Birthday". Happy Birthday, my dear friend. I miss you very much. L.O.V.E."
Niles Rodgers (musician, music producer and worked with Michael on the History album.):
"#michaeljackson #nilerodgers backstage back in the day. #happybirthdaymichael #love"https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153590123343923
MJ's Legacy Association International Facebook Page:
The flowers that fans put at the place where Michael is buried at Forest Lawn -
"Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. We speak your name. We speak your name. Happy Birthday Michael!"https://www.facebook.com/24273155503/photos/a.10153973986995504.1073741827.24273155503/10155997092325504/?type=1
"Connelly: As you look back on 50 years, when do you think you were the happiest?Jackson: The happiest? Oh boy, probably the recording of "Thriller" and the "Off the Wall" albums. That meant very much to me and seemed to be received so beautifully by the public and the world, you know. It was a time I enjoyed it very much.Connelly: As you look back on your career Michael, what would you have done differently?Jackson: Differently? Oh boy, that's a hard one. I am still l looking forward to doing a lot of great things, so that's hard. I think the best is yet to come in my true humble opinion.Connelly: You know when most people turn 50, the AARP finds them and sends them an AARP card in the mail. Have you gotten an AARP card in the mail?Jackson: Not that I know of! (laugh)Connelly: You never know, they can find you wherever you are!"I thought the last part was funny to me. The AARP might have found him, though. Anyway, you can read the remaining of the article here -
The fuse.tv did a feature that showed 40 iconic pictures of Michael's career. Click here is view the pictures -
The article from theurbandaily.com lists the seven things Michael been told you in his lyrics. This is an interesting concept where the author of the article, @ImCamQuotes, lists parts of the lyrics to Michael's songs that showed that he been stated those things. Get where I am coming from? I hope so. Anyway, here are a couple of highlights -
“Billie Jean”“And mother always told me be careful of who you loveAnd be careful of what you do ’cause the lie becomes the truth”Many people only remember “Billie Jean” for two reasons: Michael walking on the sidewalk as it lit up and Michael moonwalking during Motown 25. With those two great memorable moments, most forget this song is about a scandalous female lying on Michael and claiming he is the father of her child just because they “shared a dance or two.” Long before Maury shot his pilot episode, MJ hipped us to the first “You AREthe father!” story."
“Scream”“Tired of injusticeTired of the schemesThe lies are disgustingSo what does it meanKicking me downI got to get upAs jacked as it soundsThe whole system sucks”Songs like “Man In The Mirror” and “They Don’t Care About Us” were blatant with social justice long before we hopped on social media platform to rouge with rhetoric. Michael and Janet told us how media outlets can deceive and paint false pictures of not only himself but Black people as the enemy. We are literally going through this right now in America, 20 years later."
“Leave Me Alone”“You got a way of making meFeel so sorryI found out right awayDon’t you come walkin’-Beggin’ I ain’t lovin’ youDon’t you get in my way”MJ was cutting her off way before , “Leave Me Alone” is a joint for anybody who had that partner who drained you physically, mentally and financially. Mike was nice about it though, he just wanted to keep it short and move on from the whole thing. The video was also a shot at the media and all of the “Wacko Jacko” headlines."
"Despite churning out countless hit songs, the legend—who passed away in 2009—is also known for his sartorial sensibility. From his red leather "Thriller" jacket to the time he moonwalked in thick white socks and penny loafers with a single sequined white glove in "Billie Jean," today we find ourselves nostalgic for when Jackson knew how to set a standard of style. In honor of his birthday, take a look back at Jackon's most memorable outfits."You can check out the pictures by clicking on this link -
As you all know, Steve Harvey and Michael were very good friends and in remembrance of his friend, Steve posted the interview that he had with Michael back in 2001. He also posted a video of a comedy show that Steve did in which he talked about Michael Jackson Money. If you want a laugh, check out the link below -
People did an interview, posted in their website, with one of Michael's former chefs named Mani Niall to discuss Michael's eating habits. The chef has his own restaurant and wanted people to try the food that Michael ate during the early to mid 1980s. Leave it to People to make an opinion about Michael's eating habits instead of letting the readers do that for themselves. If you read the title of the article, you might be turned away, but trust me, it is a very good read. Click here to read the whole article -
This article talks about the Spike Lee birthday celebration he throws for Michael on or around his birthday. He has been doing this for six years. The article captures the essence of the event and what happened at the event. You can read the article here -
This blog post is from a fan name Natasha Kirker who writes about the time she went to Neverland and met Michael. Natasha was suffering from a genetic lung disease called Cystic Fibrosis and desperately wanted to met Michael. Here is a quote from her entry about the time that she finally met him that shows what Michael was truly about -
"But Michael is as important to me as he ever was. The day I spent at Neverland will forever be one of the most significant days of my life. The thing is, Michael Jackson was more than some popular musician; he was my first proof of faith. "
Michael was the top trended topic on the social media mobile application all day. There was a Michael celebration a week before his birthday because his family traveled to his hometown of Gary Indiana to participate in the annual charity event. I am going to post those images first and then, I will post the images and the videos from August 29th.
I could not tell you how many tweets that I saved when it was Michael's birthday. My timeline was literally flooded with awesome tweets. I was moved, honestly. Michael was the first, second and third trending topic on twitter. Here are the tweets.
Happy birthday to the King.
This blog entry is dedicated to Sam Dubose, Sandra Bland, Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Cynthia Hurd, Sharonda Singleton, Tywanza Sanders, Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lance and Rev. Daniel Simmons, Alison Parker, Adam Ward and Bobbi Kristina Brown. May they all rest in peace.
"Anti-Semitic Lyrics Alleged in New Album of Michael Jackson....", Murray Dubin and Jennifer Weiner, Philadelphia Inquirer, June 16, 1995
"History", Loudon Wainwright III, Entertainment Weekly, June 23, 1995
"Pop View: Michael Jackson is Angry, Understand?", Jon Pareles, New York Times, June 18, 1995,
"History: Past, Present and Future, Book 1", James Hunter. Rolling Stone, August 10, 1995
"How 'Scream' Became the Craziest Video of the '90s", Michael Craigg, dazeddigital.com,
"20 Years Later, 20 Things You May Not Have Known About Michael Jackson's History", Drew Mackie, people.com
"MJ101 - HIS2ORY", Alex Healy.
"History 20: Michael Jackson's Secret Meetings With Prince and Other Memories From the King of Pop Recording Engineers", Damien Shields, June 20, 2015
"Michael Jackson's Son, Prince Graduates From High School", ABCNews.com, Luchina Fisher, June 1, 2015,
"Rijo Jackson to Play Hoops at Northland College", lompocrecord.com, July 8, 2015
"Encino Might Become an Official Museum?" MJvibe.com, August 8, 2015
"Lifetime to Air Jackson Family Reality Series", Dan Snierson, ew.com, August 4, 2015
"Donald Trump and Michael Jackson: A History", Ashley Codianni, cnn.com, July 31, 2015
"47 Reasons Michael Jackson Will Always Be the Most Important MJ" , Christine Edwards, blavity.com, August 2015
"10 Mind-Blowing Gifs to Celebrate Michael Jackson's Birthday", DeWayne Rodgers, rollingout.com, August 29, 2015
"Michael Jackson Felt Young at 50 Never Reached 51", Chris Connelly, ABCNews.com, August 29, 2009 (repost in 2015).
"Remembering Michael Jackson: 40 Iconic Moments In Photos", Mark Sundstorm, fuse.tv, August 29, 2015
"Mike Been Told You: 7 Times Michael Jackson Kicked Cold Game With His Lyrics", @ImCamQuotes, theurbandaily.com, June 25, 2015
"Remembering Michael Jackson's Style Legacy on his Birthday", Grace Gavilanes, Instyle.com, August 29, 2015.
"Steve Harvey Interviews Michael Jackson", IamSteveHarvey,com, August 29, 2015.
"Michael Jackson's Former Personal Chef Dishes on the King of Pop Quirky Eating Habits", people.com, August 28, 2015
"Brooklyn Celebrate Michael Jackson, 'Do The Right Thing' Block Party Style [Photos], Scott Heins, okayplayer.com, August 29, 2015.
"It Happened To Me: Make-A-Wish Sent Me to Neverland Where I Met Michael Jackson", Natasha Kirker, xojane.com, September 2, 2015
The Facebook statuses of LaVelle Smith Jr., Debbie Allen, Nile Rodgers came from their official Facebook pages.
The tweets from celebrities/media/famous places came from their official accounts. Pictures of the Gary, Indiana event came from @BonnieLamrock, @IthaMaya, @mgenusinjackson and @3Tluva personal accounts.
The instagram posts from celebrities/media came from their official accounts. The picture with fellow fan @_jeremyhorn with Michael's cousins came from his personal account.
All video comes from youtube.com
Choreographer Tina Landon Interview with the Kelly Alexander Show
The pictures came from a google.com search, lipstickalley.com, thatgrapejuice.net, lompocrecord.com and my personal harddrive.