Tag: Michael Jackson

Wednesday 12/14/22 10am ET: Classic Greatest Hits LP: Michael Jackson – HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I (1995)

HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I is the ninth studio album by the American singer Michael Jackson, released on June 20, 1995. It was Jackson’s fifth album released through Epic Records, and the first on his label MJJ Productions. It comprises two discs: HIStory Begins, a greatest hits compilation, and HIStory Continues, comprising new material written and produced by Jackson and collaborators. The album includes appearances by Janet Jackson, Shaquille O’Neal, Slash, and the Notorious B.I.G. The genres span R&B, pop, hip hop, elements of hard rock and funk rock. The themes include environmental awareness, isolation, greed, suicide, injustice, and Jackson’s conflicts and common-ground with the media.

Starting in the late 1980s, Jackson and the tabloid press had a difficult relationship. In 1993, the relationship between Jackson and the press collapsed when he was accused of child sexual abuse. Although he was not charged, Jackson was subject to intense media scrutiny while the criminal investigation took place. Several of the album’s 15 new songs pertain to the child sexual abuse allegations made against him in 1993 and Jackson’s perceived mistreatment by the media, mainly the tabloids. Because of this, HIStory has been described as Jackson’s most “personal” album.

HIStory debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart in the United States, and in nineteen other countries. Six singles were released, including the protest songs “Earth Song” and “They Don’t Care About Us”. “Scream”, a duet between Jackson and his sister Janet, became the first song to debut in the top five of the US Billboard Hot 100, reaching number five. “You Are Not Alone” was the first song in history to debut at number one on the Billboard Hot 100; it was Jackson’s final number-one single on that chart. Though the album received generally positive reviews, the lyrics of “They Don’t Care About Us” drew accusations of antisemitism; Jackson said they had been misinterpreted and replaced them on later pressings of the album.

Jackson later embarked on the HIStory World Tour, which grossed $165 million (equivalent to $268 million in 2019), making it the highest-grossing solo concert tour of the 1990s. It was Jackson’s third and final concert tour as a solo artist. The album has sold over 20 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time, and one of the best-selling multi-disc albums of all time. In August 2018, it was certified 8× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It was nominated for five Grammy Awards at the 1996 Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, winning Best Music Video – Short Form for “Scream”. Jackson won an American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist at the 1996 American Music Awards.

  1. “Billie Jean” 4:54
  2. “The Way You Make Me Feel” 4:58
  3. “Black or White” 4:16
  4. “Rock with You” 3:40
  5. “She’s Out of My Life” 3:38
  6. “Bad” 4:07
  7. “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” 4:13
  8. “Man in the Mirror” 5:19
  9. “Thriller” 5:58
  10. “Beat It” 4:18
  11. “The Girl Is Mine” 3:42
  12. “Remember the Time” 4:00
  13. “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” 6:06
  14. “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'” 6:03
  15. “Heal the World” 6:25
  16. “Scream” 4:38
  17. “They Don’t Care About Us” 4:44
  18. “Stranger in Moscow” 5:44
  19. “This Time Around” 4:21
  20. “Earth Song” 6:48
  21. “D.S.” 4:49
  22. “Money” 4:42
  23. “Come Together” 4:03
  24. “You Are Not Alone” 5:45
  25. “Childhood” 4:28
  26. “Tabloid Junkie” 4:33
  27. “2 Bad” 4:50
  28. “HIStory” 6:38
  29. “Little Susie” 6:15
  30. “Smile” 4:56

Tuesday 11/22/22 9pm ET: Feature LP: Michael Jackson – Invincible (2002)

Invincible is the tenth and final studio album by American singer Michael Jackson, released on October 30, 2001, by Epic Records. It was Jackson’s sixth studio album released through Epic, and his last released before his death in 2009. The album features appearances from Carlos Santana, the Notorious B.I.G. and Slash. It incorporates R&B, pop and soul, and, similarly to Jackson’s previous material, the album explores themes such as love, romance, isolation, media criticism, and social issues.

The album’s creation was expensive and laborious. Jackson started the multi-genre production in 1997 and did not finish until eight weeks before the album’s October 2001 release. It was reported that it cost $30 million to make the album, making it the most expensive album ever made. There was no concert tour to promote Invincible; Jackson refused to tour, adding to the already growing rift between him and Sony Music Entertainment. Following Sony’s decision to abruptly end promotion for the album, Jackson made allegations in July 2002 that Tommy Mottola was a “devil” and a “racist” who did not support his African-American artists but used them for personal gain.

Invincible debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart in the United States and in ten other countries worldwide. The album was certified double Platinum in January 2002 by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and has sold over 8 million copies worldwide. The album’s lead single, “You Rock My World”, peaked at number ten on the US Billboard Hot 100 and was nominated for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance at the 2002 Grammy Awards. The album spawned two more singles, “Cry” and “Butterflies”, as well as the promotional single “Speechless”.

Invincible received mixed reviews from music critics, and became Jackson’s most critically derided album. Retrospective reviews have been more positive, and the album has been credited as featuring early examples of dubstep. In 2009, it was voted by online readers of Billboard magazine as the best album of the decade.

  1. “Unbreakable” 6:25
  2. “Heartbreaker” 5:10
  3. “Invincible” 4:45
  4. “Break of Dawn” 5:32
  5. “Heaven Can Wait” 4:49
  6. “You Rock My World” 5:39
  7. “Butterflies” 4:40
  8. “Speechless” 3:18
  9. “2000 Watts” 4:24
  10. “You Are My Life” 4:33
  11. “Privacy” 5:05
  12. “Don’t Walk Away” 4:25
  13. “Cry” 5:01
  14. “The Lost Children” 4:00
  15. “Whatever Happens” 4:56
  16. “Threatened” 4:19

Michael Jackson – lead vocals (all tracks), background vocals (1–7, 9–12, 15–16), arranger (8, 14), multiple instruments (1, 4, 6, 16), programming (2, 3), drum programming (4, 13), orchestral arrangements and conducting (8), keyboard programming (9, 13, 14)
Marsha Ambrosius – background vocals (track 7)
Maxi Anderson – vocals (track 8)
Gloria Augustus – vocals (track 8)
Babyface – acoustic guitar, bass guitar, background vocals, drum programming, and keyboards (track 10)
Tom Bahler – youth choir conductor (track 14)
Emanuel “Bucket” Baker – drums (track 11)
Rose Beatty – youth choir (track 14)
Edie Lehmann Boddicker – youth choir (track 14)
Robert Bolyard – youth choir (track 14)
Norman Jeff Bradshaw – horns (track 7)
Brandy – additional background vocals (track 1)
Stuart Brawley – whistle solo (track 15)
Mary Brown – additional background vocals (track 15)
Tim Brown – vocals (track 8)
Brad Buxer – drum programming (tracks 4, 13), keyboards (8), keyboard programming (9, 12, 14)
David Campbell – string arrangement (track 11)
Matt Cappy – horns (track 7)
Martha Cowan – youth choir (track 14)
Andraé Crouch – vocals (track 8)
Sandra Crouch – vocals (track 8)
Paulinho da Costa – percussion (track 13)
LaShawn Daniels – background vocals (tracks 2, 11)
Valerie Doby – vocals (track 8)
Dr. Freeze – background vocals (tracks 4, 5), multiple instruments (4)
Monique Donally – youth choir (track 14)
Kevin Dorsey – vocals (track 8)
Marja Dozier – vocals (track 8)
Alfie Silas Durio – vocals (track 8)
Nathan East – bass guitar (track 11)
Jason Edmonds – choir (track 10)
Geary Lanier Faggett – vocals (track 8)
Vonciele Faggett – vocals (track 8)
Fats – rap (tracks 2, 3)
Lynn Fiddmont-Lindsey – choir (track 10)
Kirstin Fife – violin (track 8)
Judy Gossett – vocals (track 8)
Harold Green – vocals (track 8)
Jonathon Hall – youth choir (track 14)
Justine Hall – youth choir (track 14)
Andre Harris – multiple instruments (track 7)
Scottie Haskell – youth choir (track 14)
Micha Haupman – youth choir (track 14)
Tess (Teresa) Escoto – youth choir (track 14)
Gerald Heyward – drums (track 11)
Tabia Ivery – choir (track 10)
Luana Jackman – youth choir (track 14)
Prince Jackson – narrative (track 14)
Rodney Jerkins – multiple instruments (1, 4, 6, 16), programming (2, 3)
Tenika Johns – vocals (track 8)
Angela Johnson – vocals (track 8)
Daniel Johnson – vocals (track 8)
Zaneta M. Johnson – vocals (track 8)
Laquentan Jordan – vocals (track 8)
R. Kelly – choir arrangement (track 13)
Peter Kent – violin (track 8)
Gina Kronstadt – violin (track 8)
Michael Landau – guitar (track 13)
James Lively – youth choir (track 14)
Robin Lorentz – violin (track 8)
Jeremy Lubbock – orchestral arrangements and conducting (tracks 5, 8, 15)
Brandon Lucas – youth choir (track 14)
Jonathon Lucas – youth choir (track 14)
Ricky Lucchse – youth choir (track 14)
Melissa MacKay – youth choir (track 14)
Alex Martinez – youth choir (track 14)
Howard McCrary – vocals (track 8)
Linda McCrary – vocals (track 8)
Sam McCrary – vocals (track 8)
Alice Jean McRath – vocals (track 8)
Sue Merriett – vocals (track 8)
Bill Meyers – string arrangements (track 10)
Mischke – background vocals (track 2)
Patrice Morris – vocals (track 8)
Kristle Murden – vocals (track 8)
The Notorious B.I.G. – rap (track 1)
Novi Novog – viola and contractor (track 8)
Nora Payne – background vocals (track 2)
Que – background vocals (track 5)
Teddy Riley – multiple instruments (track 5) additional background vocals (9)
John Robinson – drums (track 13)
Baby Rubba – narrative (track 14)
Carlos Santana – guitar and whistle solo (track 15)
Deborah Sharp-Taylor – vocals (track 8)
F. Sheridan – youth choir (track 14)
Slash – guitar solo (track 11)
Andrew Snyder – youth choir (track 14)
Sally Stevens – youth choir (track 14)
Richard Stites – additional background vocals (track 12)
Thomas Tally – viola (track 8)
Brett Tattersol – youth choir (track 14)
Ron Taylor – vocals (track 8)
Michael Thompson – guitar (track 11)
Chris Tucker – introduction (track 6)
Mario Vasquez – additional background vocals (track 15)
Johnnie Walker – vocals (track 8)
Nathan “N8” Walton – choir (track 10)
Rick Williams – guitar (track 15)
Yvonne Williams – vocals (track 8)
Zandra Williams – vocals (track 8)
John Wittenberg – violin (track 8)

Friday 10/28/22 8pm ET: Michael Jackson – Thriller (1983)

Thriller is the sixth studio album by American singer Michael Jackson, released on November 30, 1982 by Epic Records. Reunited with Off the Wall producer Quincy Jones, Jackson was inspired to create an album where “every song was a killer”. With the ongoing backlash against disco, Jackson moved in a new musical direction, incorporating pop, post-disco, rock and funk. Thriller foreshadows the contradictory themes of Jackson’s personal life, as he began using a motif of paranoia and darker themes. The album features a single guest appearance, with Paul McCartney becoming the first artist to be featured on Jackson’s albums. Recording took place from April to November 1982 at Westlake Recording Studios in Los Angeles, with a production budget of $750,000.

Thriller became Jackson’s first number one album on the Billboard Top LPs & Tapes chart, where it spent a record 37 weeks at number one, from February 26, 1983 to April 14, 1984. Producing the singles: “The Girl Is Mine”, “Billie Jean”, “Beat It”, “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ ”, “Human Nature”, “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)”, and “Thriller”, all reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, setting the record for the most top 10 singles from an album, with “Beat It” and “Billie Jean” reaching number one. Following Jackson’s performance of “Billie Jean” in Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever, where he debuted his signature moonwalk dance, the sales of the album significantly increased, selling one million copies worldwide per week. The “Thriller” music video was premiered to great anticipation in December 1983 and played regularly on MTV, which also increased the sales of the album.

With 32 million copies sold worldwide by the end of 1983, Thriller became the best-selling album of all time. It was the best-selling album worldwide of 1983, and was also the first album to become the best-selling in the United States for two years, in 1983 and 1984. The album broke racial barriers in popular music, enabling Jackson’s appearances on MTV and meeting with President Ronald Reagan at the White House. It was among the first to use music videos as promotional tools; the videos for “Billie Jean”, “Beat It” and “Thriller” are credited for transforming music videos into a serious art form. The album’s success set the standard for the music industry with its songs, music videos and promotion strategies influencing artists, record labels, producers, marketers and choreographers.

Thriller remains the best-selling album of all time, with sales of 66 million copies worldwide. It is the second-best-selling album in the United States and was certified 33× platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 2017. It won a record-breaking eight Grammy Awards at the 1984 Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, while “Beat It” won Record of the Year. Jackson also won a record-breaking eight American Music Awards at the 1984 American Music Awards. Viewed by critics and publications as one of the greatest albums of all time, the album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry of “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant recordings”, and the “Thriller” music video was inducted into the National Film Preservation Board’s National Film Registry of “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant films”.

1. “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'” 6:02
2. “Baby Be Mine” 4:20
3. “The Girl Is Mine” (with Paul McCartney) 3:41
4. “Thriller” 5:57
5. “Beat It” 4:18
6. “Billie Jean” 4:54
7. “Human Nature” 4:07
8. “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)” 3:58
9. “The Lady in My Life” 4:59
10. “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'” 4:17 Single Edit
11. “Thriller” 4:01 Single Edit
12. “Billie Jean” 6:55 Extended

Friday 7/1/22 1am ET: Live Track Show

Tonight we feature:

Paul McCartney & Wings, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Mariah Carey, Three Dog Night, Paul Young, Elton John, John Mellencamp, REM, Billy Joel, Doobie Brothers, Michael Jackson, Rolling Stones, Richie Sambora, Joe Cocker, Neil Young, Santana, UFO, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Dave Matthews Band, Jason Mraz


Sunday 6/5/22 2pm ET: Michael Jackson – Thriller (1983)

Thriller is the sixth studio album by American singer Michael Jackson, released on November 30, 1982 by Epic Records. Reunited with Off the Wall producer Quincy Jones, Jackson was inspired to create an album where “every song was a killer”. With the ongoing backlash against disco, Jackson moved in a new musical direction, incorporating pop, post-disco, rock and funk. Thriller foreshadows the contradictory themes of Jackson’s personal life, as he began using a motif of paranoia and darker themes. The album features a single guest appearance, with Paul McCartney becoming the first artist to be featured on Jackson’s albums. Recording took place from April to November 1982 at Westlake Recording Studios in Los Angeles, with a production budget of $750,000.

Thriller became Jackson’s first number one album on the Billboard Top LPs & Tapes chart, where it spent a record 37 weeks at number one, from February 26, 1983 to April 14, 1984. Producing the singles: “The Girl Is Mine”, “Billie Jean”, “Beat It”, “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ ”, “Human Nature”, “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)”, and “Thriller”, all reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, setting the record for the most top 10 singles from an album, with “Beat It” and “Billie Jean” reaching number one. Following Jackson’s performance of “Billie Jean” in Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever, where he debuted his signature moonwalk dance, the sales of the album significantly increased, selling one million copies worldwide per week. The “Thriller” music video was premiered to great anticipation in December 1983 and played regularly on MTV, which also increased the sales of the album.

With 32 million copies sold worldwide by the end of 1983, Thriller became the best-selling album of all time. It was the best-selling album worldwide of 1983, and was also the first album to become the best-selling in the United States for two years, in 1983 and 1984. The album broke racial barriers in popular music, enabling Jackson’s appearances on MTV and meeting with President Ronald Reagan at the White House. It was among the first to use music videos as promotional tools; the videos for “Billie Jean”, “Beat It” and “Thriller” are credited for transforming music videos into a serious art form. The album’s success set the standard for the music industry with its songs, music videos and promotion strategies influencing artists, record labels, producers, marketers and choreographers.

Thriller remains the best-selling album of all time, with sales of 66 million copies worldwide. It is the second-best-selling album in the United States and was certified 33× platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 2017. It won a record-breaking eight Grammy Awards at the 1984 Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, while “Beat It” won Record of the Year. Jackson also won a record-breaking eight American Music Awards at the 1984 American Music Awards. Viewed by critics and publications as one of the greatest albums of all time, the album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry of “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant recordings”, and the “Thriller” music video was inducted into the National Film Preservation Board’s National Film Registry of “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant films”.

1. “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'” 6:02
2. “Baby Be Mine” 4:20
3. “The Girl Is Mine” (with Paul McCartney) 3:41
4. “Thriller” 5:57
5. “Beat It” 4:18
6. “Billie Jean” 4:54
7. “Human Nature” 4:07
8. “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)” 3:58
9. “The Lady in My Life” 4:59
10. “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'” 4:17 Single Edit
11. “Thriller” 4:01 Single Edit
12. “Billie Jean” 6:55 Extended

Monday 4/11/22 9am ET: Feature LP: Michael Jackson – Bad (1987)

Bad is the seventh studio album by American singer and songwriter Michael Jackson. It was released on August 31, 1987, by Epic Records, nearly five years after Jackson’s previous album, Thriller (1982). Written and recorded between January 1985 and July 1987, Bad was the third and final collaboration between Jackson and producer Quincy Jones, with Jackson co-producing and composing all but two tracks. With Bad, Jackson departed from his signature groove-based style and high-pitched vocals. The album’s edgier sound incorporates pop, rock, funk, R&B, dance, soul, and hard rock styles. Jackson also experimented with newer recording technology, including digital synthesizers and drum machines, resulting in a sleeker and more aggressive sound. Lyrical themes on the album include media bias, paranoia, racial profiling, romance, self-improvement, and world peace. The album features appearances from Siedah Garrett and Stevie Wonder.

One of the most anticipated albums of its time, Bad debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart, selling over 2 million copies in its first week in the US, and stayed atop for six consecutive weeks. It also reached number one in 24 other countries, including the UK, where it sold 500,000 copies in its first five days and became the country’s best-selling album of 1987. Nine songs were released as official singles, and one as a promotional single. Seven charted in the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, including a record-breaking five number ones: “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”, “Bad”, “The Way You Make Me Feel”, “Man in the Mirror” and “Dirty Diana”. The album was also promoted with the film, Moonwalker (1988), which included the music videos of songs from the album, including “Speed Demon”, “Leave Me Alone”, “Man in the Mirror” and “Smooth Criminal”.

Subjected to widespread comparisons with Thriller by critics upon release, Bad was positively reviewed and in retrospect has been lauded by critics as a staple of 1980s pop music and an extension of Jackson’s influence on 21st century music. A blockbuster release, it was the best-selling album worldwide of 1987 and 1988. By 1991 it stood as the second best-selling album of all time, behind Thriller, having sold 25 million copies worldwide. The Bad tour, which was Jackson’s first solo world tour, grossed $125 million (equivalent to more than $291 million in 2021) making it the highest-grossing solo concert tour of the 1980s. Jackson performed 123 concerts in 15 countries to an audience of 4.4 million including a record seven sold-out shows at Wembley Stadium. It was also Jackson’s last tour where he performed on the mainland United States.

With sales of over 35 million copies sold worldwide, Bad is one of the best-selling albums of all time. In 2021, it was certified 11× platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The album has been named by several publications as one of the greatest albums of all time. It was nominated for six Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, winning Best Engineered Recording – Non Classical and Best Music Video (for “Leave Me Alone”). In 1988, Jackson received the first Billboard Spotlight Award, in recognition of the record-breaking chart success on the Billboard Hot 100. For his Bad videos and previous videos throughout the 1980s, Jackson received the MTV Video Vanguard Award. To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the documentary film, Bad 25, and album, Bad 25, were released in 2012.

  1. “Bad” 4:08
  2. “The Way You Make Me Feel” 4:59
  3. “Speed Demon” 4:03
  4. “Liberian Girl” 3:55
  5. “Just Good Friends” (with Stevie Wonder) 4:09
  6. “Another Part of Me” 3:55
  7. “Man in the Mirror” 5:21
  8. “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” 4:27
  9. “Dirty Diana” 4:42
  10. “Smooth Criminal” 4:20
  11. “Leave Me Alone” 4:41

Lead and backing vocals: Michael Jackson
Background vocals: Siedah Garrett (tracks 7–8), The Winans (7), and The Andraé Crouch Choir (7)
Bass guitar: Nathan East (track 8)
Hammond organ: Jimmy Smith (track 1)
Drums: John Robinson (tracks 1–4, 9–10), Miko Brando (3), Ollie E. Brown (3, 5), Leon “Ndugu” Chancler (8), Bill Bottrell (10), Bruce Swedien (5, 10), Humberto Gatica (5)
Programming: Douglas Getschal (tracks 1–4, 9), Cornelius Mims (5), Larry Williams (11)
Guitar: David Williams (tracks 1–3, 6, 9–10), Bill Bottrell (3), Eric Gale (2), Danny Hull, Steve Stevens (solo, 9), Dann Huff (7–8), Michael Landau (5), Paul Jackson Jr. (6, 9, 11)
Trumpet: Gary Grant, Jerry Hey (tracks 1–3, 5–6, 10)
Sounds engineered: Ken Caillat, and Tom Jones

Percussion: Paulinho da Costa (tracks 1–5, 8), Ollie E. Brown (2, 7)
Keyboards: Stefan Stefanovic, Greg Phillinganes (track 7)
Saxophone: Kim Hutchcroft (tracks 1–3, 5–6, 10), Larry Williams (1–2, 5–6, 10)
Synclavier (tracks 1–6, 8–10), digital guitar (1), finger snaps (2), sound effects (3): Christopher Currell
Synthesizer: John Barnes (tracks 1–4, 6, 9–10), Michael Boddicker (1–5, 9–10), Greg Phillinganes (1–3, 5, 8, 11, solo–1), Rhett Lawrence (5–6), David Paich (4, 8), Larry Williams (4–5, 11), Glen Ballard (7), Randy Kerber (7), Randy Waldman (9)
Piano: John Barnes (track 8), Kevin Maloney (10)
Rhythm arrangement: Michael Jackson (tracks 1–4, 6, 9–11), Quincy Jones (1, 3–5, 7–8), Christopher Currell (1), John Barnes (4, 6, 9–10), Graham Lyle (5), Terry Britten (5), Glen Ballard (7), Jerry Hey (9)
Horn arrangement: Jerry Hey (tracks 1–3, 5–6, 10)
Programming: Larry Williams (tracks 2), Eric Persing (3), Steve Porcaro (4, 8), Casey Young (11)
Midi saxophone: Larry Williams (track 3)

Tuesday 1/11/22 2pm ET: RadioMaxMusic Special: The Music of 1973 A to Z – Part 11

This RadioMax special features our Library of music from 1973 A2Z.

We continue with the completion of letter M and start with N and feature music from: Paul McCartney & Wings, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Aretha Franklin, John Lennon, Steeleye Span, America, Pink Floyd, Tufano & Giammarese, Queen, Michael Jackson, Sweet, Doobie Brothers and many more.

2pm to 6pm ET

Sunday 12/26/21 9pm ET: Feature LP: Michael Jackson – Off The Wall (Special Edition) (1979 / 2001)

Off the Wall is the fifth solo studio album by American singer Michael Jackson, released on August 10, 1979, by Epic Records. It was Jackson’s first album released through Epic Records, the label he recorded under until his death in 2009, and the first produced by Quincy Jones, whom he met while working on the 1978 film The Wiz. Several critics observed that Off the Wall was crafted from disco, pop, funk, R&B, soft rock and Broadway ballads. Its lyrical themes include escapism, liberation, loneliness, hedonism and romance. The album features songwriting contributions from Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Rod Temperton, Tom Bahler, and David Foster, alongside three tracks penned by Jackson himself.

Between 1972 and 1975, Jackson released a total of four solo studio albums with Motown as part of The Jackson 5 franchise; Got to Be There (1972), Ben (1972), Music & Me (1973) and Forever, Michael (1975). Before recording his next album, which came to be Off the Wall, Jackson desired to create a record not sounding like a Jacksons record, but rather showcasing creative freedom and individualism.

Off the Wall peaked at number three on the Billboard Top LPs & Tapes chart and number one on the Top Black Albums chart, staying at number one on the latter for 16 weeks, and was an enormous critical success. Five singles were released from the album. Jackson wrote three songs himself, including the Billboard Hot 100 number one single “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”, which was Jackson’s first solo number-one single since “Ben”, seven years prior. The second single from the album, “Rock with You” also peaked atop the chart. With the title track and “She’s Out of My Life” reaching the top 10 of the chart, Jackson became the first solo artist to have four singles from the same album peak inside the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.

Off the Wall was a significant departure from Jackson’s previous work for Motown and was hailed as a major breakthrough for him. In retrospect, writers have hailed it a landmark of the disco era and one of the greatest albums of all time. Critics often debate whether it or Thriller is Jackson’s best album. It has sold over 20 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time. In August 2009, it was certified 8× platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). At the 1980 Grammy Awards, it was nominated for two Grammy Awards, with Jackson winning Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male for “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”. In 2008, Off the Wall was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

1. “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” 6:02
2. “Rock with You” 3:38
3. “Working Day and Night” 5:10
4. “Get on the Floor” 4:42
5. “Off the Wall” 4:11
6. “Girlfriend” 3:08
7. “She’s Out of My Life” 3:41
8. “I Can’t Help It” 4:28
9. “It’s the Falling in Love” 3:52
10. “Burn This Disco Out” 3:39
11. “Quincy Jones Interview #1” 0:37
12. “Introduction to Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough Demo” 0:13
13. “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” (Original Demo from 1978) 4:48
14. “Quincy Jones Interview #2” 0:30
15. “Introduction to Workin’ Day and Night Demo” 0:10
16. “Working Day and Night” (Original Demo from 1978) 4:19
17. “Quincy Jones Interview #3” 0:48
18. “Rod Temperton Interview” 4:57
19. “Quincy Jones Interview #4” 1:32

Tuesday 9/28/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Michael Jackson – Off The Wall (1979)

Off the Wall is the fifth solo studio album by American singer Michael Jackson, released on August 10, 1979, by Epic Records. It was Jackson’s first album released through Epic Records, the label he recorded under until his death in 2009, and the first produced by Quincy Jones, whom he met while working on the 1978 film The Wiz. Several critics observed that Off the Wall was crafted from disco, pop, funk, R&B, soft rock and Broadway ballads. Its lyrical themes include escapism, liberation, loneliness, hedonism and romance. The album features songwriting contributions from Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Rod Temperton, Tom Bahler, and David Foster, alongside three tracks penned by Jackson himself.

Between 1972 and 1975, Jackson released a total of four solo studio albums with Motown as part of The Jackson 5 franchise; Got to Be There (1972), Ben (1972), Music & Me (1973) and Forever, Michael (1975). Before recording his next album, which came to be Off the Wall, Jackson desired to create a record not sounding like a Jacksons record, but rather showcasing creative freedom and individualism.

Off the Wall peaked at number three on the Billboard Top LPs & Tapes chart and number one on the Top Black Albums chart, staying at number one on the latter for 16 weeks, and was an enormous critical success. Five singles were released from the album. Jackson wrote three songs himself, including the Billboard Hot 100 number one single “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”, which was Jackson’s first solo number-one single since “Ben”, seven years prior. The second single from the album, “Rock with You” also peaked atop the chart. With the title track and “She’s Out of My Life” reaching the top 10 of the chart, Jackson became the first solo artist to have four singles from the same album peak inside the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.

Off the Wall was a significant departure from Jackson’s previous work for Motown and was hailed as a major breakthrough for him. In retrospect, writers have hailed it a landmark of the disco era and one of the greatest albums of all time. Critics often debate whether it or Thriller is Jackson’s best album. It has sold over 20 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time. In August 2009, it was certified 8× platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). At the 1980 Grammy Awards, it was nominated for two Grammy Awards, with Jackson winning Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male for “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”. In 2008, Off the Wall was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

1. “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” 6:02
2. “Rock with You” 3:38
3. “Working Day and Night” 5:10
4. “Get on the Floor” 4:42
5. “Off the Wall” 4:11
6. “Girlfriend” 3:08
7. “She’s Out of My Life” 3:41
8. “I Can’t Help It” 4:28
9. “It’s the Falling in Love” 3:52
10. “Burn This Disco Out” 3:39

Friday 9/3/21 12pm ET: Artist Countdown: Michael Jackson Top 30 Hits

American singer Michael Jackson has released 63 of his songs as singles, including eight as a featured artist. He has 13 solo US #1s including 1 with Paul McCartney, and one with USA for Africa “We Are the World” (14 total). His first solo entry on the US Billboard Hot 100 was “Got to Be There” (1971), which peaked at number four. Jackson’s first number-one hit was “Ben” (1972). Jackson continued to release singles through the 1970s. The album Off the Wall spawned five singles, including the chart-topping “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” (1979) and “Rock with You” (1979). Both are certified platinum by the Recording Industry of America (RIAA) sales in excess of 4 million and 2 million copies respectively. Jackson’s first single to be certified by the RIAA was “The Girl Is Mine” (1982), a collaboration with Paul McCartney. The single peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. “Billie Jean”, released as the second single from his sixth studio album Thriller, topped the charts in 13 countries. The single sold more than six million copies in the United States and over 1,440,000 in the United Kingdom. “Beat It”, released a month later, peaked at number one in nine countries and sold more than five million copies in the US. “Thriller” was released in November 1982 and peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100. The single sold seven million copies in the US alone, making it Jackson’s best-selling single.

Jackson’s seventh album Bad (1987) produced nine singles with seven charting in the United States. Five of these singles (“I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”, “Bad”, “The Way You Make Me Feel”, “Man in the Mirror”, and “Dirty Diana”) reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, a record for most number-one Hot 100 singles from any one album. In 1991, he released his eighth album, Dangerous, co-produced with Teddy Riley. The album produced four top ten singles on the Billboard Hot 100, including one number-one hit “Black or White”, “Remember the Time”, “In the Closet” and “Will You Be There” which produced and performed by Jackson the theme for the film Free Willy. In June 1995, Jackson released his ninth album, HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I, a double album. The first disc, HIStory Begins, is a 15-track greatest hits album. The second disc, HIStory Continues, contains 13 original songs and two cover versions. The album features the hits “Scream”, a duet with Jackson’s youngest sister Janet Jackson, “Earth Song”, “They Don’t Care About Us”, and “You Are Not Alone”. “You Are Not Alone” holds the Guinness World Record for the first song ever to debut at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. “Earth Song” was the third single released from HIStory, and it topped the UK Singles Chart for six weeks over Christmas 1995 and it sold a million copies, making it Jackson’s most successful single in the UK. Jackson worked with collaborators including Teddy Riley and Rodney Jerkins to produce his tenth solo album, Invincible (2001). Invincible spawned three singles, “You Rock My World”, “Cry”, and “Butterflies”.

1Black or White1991
2Billie Jean1983
3Beat It1983
4Bad1987
5Say Say Say (with Paul McCartney)1983
6You Are Not Alone1995
7Scream (with Janet Jackson)1995
8I Just Can’t Stop Loving You (with Siedah Garrett)1987
9Remember the Time1992
10Thriller1984
11Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough1979
12You Rock My World2001
13Dirty Diana1988
14The Way You Make Me Feel1987
15Blood on the Dance Floor1997
16Heal the World1992
17In the Closet1992
18Love Never Felt So Good (solo or with Justin Timberlake)2014
19Jam1992
20Who Is It1992
21Earth Song1995
22They Don’t Care About Us1996
23Smooth Criminal1988
24Another Part of Me1988
25Will You Be There1993
26Man in the Mirror1988
27Rock with You1979
28Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’1983
29Give In to Me1993
30Stranger in Moscow1996