Tag: Michael Jackson

Tuesday 6/22/21 2pm ET: Sounds of The 80’s

1980-1989 Today we feature music from and not in this order: Prince, Huey Lewis & The News, Blondie, Michael Jackson, Peter Wolf, Tina Turner, Men At Work, Donna Summer, Van Halen, Elton John, Toto and more . . .

Wednesday 6/9/21 3pm ET: Sounds of The ’90s

This week we feature music from Alannah Myles, Collective Soul, Sheryl Crow, Cher, Amy Grant, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, UB40, Janet Jackson, Tears For Fears, Roxette and more. . . 3 – 6pm ET

Thursday 6/3/21 2pm ET: Sounds of 2000

Featuring music from 2000 – 2009. This week music from Fantasia, Disturbed, Cher, Elton John, Santana, Bo Bice, Michael Jackson, Black Eyed Peas and more . . .

Thursday 1/7/2021 12am ET: Feature LP: Michael Jackson – Off The Wall (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

Monday Labor Day Special 6 LPs (6): 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

Saturday 8/1/2020 12am ET: Feature LP: Michael Jackson – Bad 25 (1987/2012)

Bad 25 is the 25th anniversary edition reissue of American singer Michael Jackson’s seventh studio album Bad. This is the second album by Jackson re-released on its 25th anniversary, the first being Thriller 25. Bad has sold 35 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time. Bad 25 was released on September 18, 2012 with co-operation with Epic, Legacy Recordings and MJJ Productions. Along with the original album, Bad 25 contains demo recordings recorded during the Bad era, with the deluxe edition also containing a live CD and DVD of Live at Wembley July 16, 1988, Jackson’s performance at Wembley Stadium during his Bad world tour.

To implement a new “Live for Now” campaign, Pepsi promoted the 25th anniversary of Bad by printing one billion Pepsi cans with a photo of Jackson from the “Smooth Criminal” video. Limited edition 16 ounce (450 ml) cans were produced and distributed worldwide. On September 18, 2012, Sony Music and the Estate of Michael Jackson in partnership with BET broadcast a two-hour TV special titled Bad 25: The Short Films of Michael Jackson, which shows the short films from Bad. Bad 25 debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Pop Catalog Albums chart and in Italy. The album received globally positive reviews, with criticism however directed at the production and features on the album.

1. “Bad” 4:07
2. “The Way You Make Me Feel” 4:58
3. “Speed Demon” 4:01
4. “Liberian Girl” 3:53
5. “Just Good Friends” 4:08
6. “Another Part of Me” 3:54
7. “Man in the Mirror” 5:19
8. “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” 4:12
9. “Dirty Diana” 4:41
10. “Smooth Criminal” 4:17
11. “Leave Me Alone” 4:40

1. “Don’t Be Messin’ ‘Round” 4:18
2. “I’m So Blue” 4:06
3. “Song Groove 4:25
4. “Free” 4:24
5. “Price of Fame” 4:32
6. “Al Capone” 3:33
7. “Streetwalker” 5:52
8. “Fly Away” 3:26
9. “Todo Mi Amor Eres Tú” 4:04
10. “Je Ne Veux Pas la Fin de Nous” 4:07
11. “Bad” (featuring Pitbull) 4:26
12. “Speed Demon” (remix by Nero) 4:08
13. “Bad” (remix by Afrojack – Club Mix) 7:31

Live at Wembley July 16, 1988
1. “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'” 5:21
2. “This Place Hotel” 4:54
3. “Another Part of Me” 4:03
4. “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” 4:24
5. “She’s Out of My Life” 3:16
6. “I Want You Back/The Love You Save/I’ll Be There” 5:06
7. “Rock with You” 4:05
8. “Human Nature” 4:29
9. “Smooth Criminal” 4:42
10. “Dirty Diana” 5:01
11. “Thriller” 4:28
12. “Workin’ Day and Night” 5:54
13. “Beat It” 5:45
14. “Billie Jean” 5:39
15. “Bad” 4:28
16. “Man in the Mirror” 6:22

Friday 12am ET: Feature LP: Michael Jackson – HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I

HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I is the ninth studio album by American singer Michael Jackson, released on June 20, 1995. It was the fifth Jackson 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 features appearances from Shaquille O’Neal, Slash and The Notorious B.I.G. The genres of it 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: Past, Present and Future, Book I has been described as Jackson’s most “personal” album.

HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, among nineteen other countries. Six singles were released including the protest songs “Earth Song” and “They Don’t Care About Us”. “Scream/Childhood”, a duet between Jackson and his sister Janet, debuted at number five on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the first song in history to debut in the top five of the chart. “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. Though the album received generally positive reviews, the lyrics of “They Don’t Care About Us” drew accusations of antisemitism; Jackson said the lines had been misinterpreted and replaced them on later pressings.

Jackson 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 tour attracted more than 4.5 million fans from 58 cities in 35 countries around the world. HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I has sold over 22 million copies worldwide[2], making it one of the best-selling albums of all time, and the best-selling multi-disc album. In August 2018, it was certified 8x Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It was nominated for five Grammy Awards, winning Best Music Video – Short Form for “Scream”. In 2001, the greatest hits disc was reissued as Greatest Hits: HIStory, Volume I.

1. “Billie Jean” (from Thriller, 1982) 4:54
2. “The Way You Make Me Feel” (from Bad, 1987) 4:58
3. “Black or White” (from Dangerous, 1991) 4:16
4. “Rock with You” (from Off the Wall, 1979) 3:40
5. “She’s Out of My Life” (from Off the Wall) 3:38
6. “Bad” (from Bad) 4:07
7. “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” (duet with Siedah Garrett) 4:13
8. “Man in the Mirror” (from Bad) 5:19
9. “Thriller” (from Thriller) 5:58
10. “Beat It” (from Thriller) 4:18
11. “The Girl Is Mine” (duet with Paul McCartney) 3:42
12. “Remember the Time” (from Dangerous) 4:00
13. “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” (from Off the Wall) 6:06
14. “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'” (from Thriller) 6:03
15. “Heal the World” (from Dangerous) 6:25

1. “Scream” (duet with Janet Jackson) 4:38
2. “They Don’t Care About Us” 4:44
3. “Stranger In Moscow” 5:44
4. “This Time Around” (featuring The Notorious B.I.G.) 4:21
5. “Earth Song” 6:48
6. “D.S.” (featuring Slash) 4:49
7. “Money” 4:42
8. “Come Together” (recorded in 1988) 4:03
9. “You Are Not Alone” 5:46
10. “Childhood” 4:28
11. “Tabloid Junkie” 4:33
12. “2 Bad” (featuring Shaquille O’Neal) 4:50
13. “HIStory” 6:38
14. “Little Susie” 6:15
15. “Smile” 4:56


Saturday 7pm ET: Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay

This evening on “Great Soul Performances” I’ve got some nice songs for you from artists like: The Whispers, the Mad Lads, Lloyd Price, Theola Kilgore, Eugene Pitt, Blue Magic, the Five Stairsteps, the Shells, the Dells, Billy Stewart, Raphael Saadiq, Freddie Scott, the Magnificent Men; live at the Uptown Theatre in Philadelphia, and so much more. It kicks off at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT.

Then at 9PM ET, 8PM CT, 7PM MT & 6PM PT it will be time for “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” where you’ll hear: Diana Ross, Al Jarreau, Cameo, Marvin Gaye, Gene Chandler, Rick James & Teena Marie, the Main Ingredient, Etta James, the Spinners, Michael Jackson, George Benson and others. Encore time tomorrow Sunday as usual at 5PM eastern time. It’s all good with “Great Soul Performances” and “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” on RadioMaxMusic.Com. I think by this time, many of you have heard of the passing of another of my childhood buddies from our neighborhood, Leroy Binns of the Charts, the Cadillacs and the Del Vikings. Next Saturday I’ll be paying tribute to Lee on “G.S.P.” and I hope you’ll join me for it.

Saturday 7pm ET: Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay

This evening on “Great Soul Performances” we will pay tribute to and salute the late Herb Cox of the Cleftones, who passed away one week ago today, December 7th.

We will play all the hits of the Cleftones, plus you’ll hear Herb in his own words during an interview I did with him when Lar Enterprises produced their TV show “Our Doo Wop Journey.” And guess what”? Back in 1981, I was in the Cleftones for a hot minute alongside Herb, Charles James and the late Tony Gaines, and I’m gonna play a few songs of us singing during a practice session. I think you’ll enjoy the tribute. It begins at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT.

Right afterwards comes “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” where on the playlist are: Gladys Knight & the Pips, Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, Blondie, Barry & Glodean White, Grandmaster Flash, Cliff Richard, Frankie Beverly & Maze, Johnny Mathis, Diana Ross & Lionel Richie, Dr. Hook and many more. Start time is 9PM ET, 8PM CT, 7PM MT & 6PM PT. I can’t wait for you to join me for our tribute to the late Herb Cox & the Cleftones this evening on RadioMaxMusic.Com.

Tuesday 6pm ET: Sounds of The 80s

This week we feature music from:  Kurtis Blow, Lionel Richie, Supertramp, Pat Benatar, Beastie Boys, Joe Jackson, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Michael Jackson, Van Halen, Blondie, David Lee Roth and more . . .

Tuesday 4pm ET: Sounds of The 80s

This week on the Sounds of The 80s we feature music from:  Tom Petty, Steely Dan, Toto, Huey Lewis and The News, Steve Perry, Styx, Billy Idol, Stars On 45, Traveling Wilburys, Michael Jackson, George Harrison and many more . . .

Thursday 6pm: Feature Artist – Michael Jackson

Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer, songwriter, and dancer. Dubbed the “King of Pop”, he is regarded as one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century and one of the greatest entertainers. Jackson’s contributions to music, dance, and fashion, along with his publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades.

The eighth child of the Jackson family, Michael made his professional debut in 1964 with his elder brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon as a member of the Jackson 5. He began his solo career in 1971 while at Motown Records, and in the early 1980s, became a dominant figure in popular music. His music videos, including those for “Beat It”, “Billie Jean”, and “Thriller” from his 1982 album Thriller, are credited with breaking racial barriers and transforming the medium into an art form and promotional tool. Their popularity helped bring the television channel MTV to fame. Bad (1987) was the first album to produce five US Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles.[nb 1] He continued to innovate throughout the 1990s with videos such as “Black or White” and “Scream”, and forged a reputation as a touring artist. Through stage and video performances, Jackson popularized complicated dance techniques such as the robot and the moonwalk, to which he gave the name. His sound and style have influenced artists of various genres.

Jackson is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with estimated sales of over 350 million records worldwide;[nb 2] Thriller is the best-selling album of all time, with estimated sales of 66 million copies worldwide. His other albums, including Off the Wall (1979), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991), and HIStory (1995), also rank among the world’s best-selling. He won hundreds of awards (more than any other artist in the history of popular music), has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, and is the only pop or rock artist to have been inducted into the Dance Hall of Fame. His other achievements include Guinness world records (including the Most Successful Entertainer of All Time), 15 Grammy Awards (including the Legend and Lifetime Achievement awards), 26 American Music Awards (more than any other artist), and 13 number-one US singles (more than any other male artist in the Hot 100 era). Jackson was the first artist to have a top ten single in the Billboard Hot 100 in five different decades. In 2016, his estate earned $825 million, the highest yearly amount for a celebrity ever recorded by Forbes.

In the late 1980s, Jackson became a figure of controversy for his changing appearance, relationships, behavior and lifestyle. In 1993, he was accused of sexually abusing the child of a family friend. The accusation was settled out of court. In 2005, he was tried and acquitted of further child sexual abuse allegations and several other charges. In 2009, while preparing for a series of comeback concerts, This Is It, Jackson died from an overdose of sedatives administered by his personal physician, Conrad Murray. Jackson’s fans around the world expressed their grief, and his public memorial service was broadcast live. The 2019 documentary Leaving Neverland detailed renewed child sexual abuse allegations and led to an international backlash against Jackson.

Saturday 7pm: Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay

On this very cold Saturday, I’ll try to warm you up this evening with some “Hot Soul Music” on “Great Soul Performances.” On tap are: Lou Rawls, First Choice, Lenny Welch, the Jacksons, the Temptations, the Sylvers, Angel Rissoff, Phil Granito, the Radiants, Bob Marley, the Isley Brothers, the Velours, Stevie Wonder; live in concert from the White House and more. It starts at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT.

Following at 9PM ET, 8PM CT, 7PM MT & 6PM PT, comes “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s,” where you’ll hear: Marvin Gaye, Earth, Wind & Fire, Michael Jackson, the Isley Brothers, the Gap Band, Jocelyn Brown & Inner Life, Sheila E. & Prince, Alexander O’Neal, Gloria Estefan and more.

Both shows will air encore performances tomorrow Sunday, after the next installment of the “Disco Top 700 Countdown” at 3PM eastern time. Spend the weekend with me and the best station on the internet, RadioMaxMusic.Com.