Michael buys a new condominium in Century City nicknamed the “Hideout”.
- January 05 :
Michael, Quincy Jones & Bruce Swedien start recording the “Bad” album at the Westlake Studio in Los Angeles
- January 06 :
“Let’s Wait Awhile” is released the the 5th single from “Control” along with a black & white video directed by Dominic Sena.
Janet goes to Tokyo to perform the song on a Japonese TV Show.
Janet is on the cover of Spin Magazine.
- January 09:
Michael attends the American Cinema Awards with Sophia Loren & Sylvester Stallone.
- January 26 :
Janet attends the American Music Awards ceremony with Rene where she performs Control and wins two awards.
The album Control The Remixes is released.
Michael begins filming a short film for the song Smooth Criminal on his upcoming album. The video is directed by Colin Chilvers on a story written by Michael. It features young actors Sean Lennon, Kellie Parker & Brandon Adams plus Joe Pesci and among the dancers, Lavelle Smith who will become Michael choreographer.
- February 24 :
Janet opens the Grammy Awards ceremony with a medley performance of “What Have You Done For Me Lately ” and “Nasty” featuring Terry Lewis & Jimmy Jam.
- March :
Janet is on the cover of Jet magazine.
Janet attends the 4th Annual Black Gold Awards.
- March 17:
Hazel gives birth to Jermaine’s son, Jaimy Jackson.
- March 23 :
Janet attends the Soul Train Awards with Rene where she receives an award for Control.
- March 26 :
Janet performs “Let’s Wait Awhile” on British TV show Top Of The Pops
- March 31:
Filming of the “playing with the kids” scene of Smooth Criminal.
Michael withdraws from The Jeovah’s Witness.
“Diamonds”, a duet between Janet & Herb Alpert is released and becomes Number 1!
Quincy Jones sets up a meeting between Michael & Prince in Los Angeles.
The media report that Michael wants to purchase the bones of Elephant Man.
Michael’s first solo world tour is announced to begin next September in Japon.
- May 12 :
“The Pleasure Principle” is released as the 6th single from Control.
- May 29 :
On her 31st birthday, LaToya flies to Japan with her new manager Jack Gordon. Later they go to Germany.
MTV premieres the video for “The Pleasure Principle” directed by Dominic Sena and choreograped by Barry Lather.
Michael shoots the video of The Way You Make Me Feel in Los Angeles directed by Joe Pytka, choreographed by Vincent Paterson and featuring Tatiana Thumbtzen & Latoya!
- July 9 :
Michael, Quincy & Bruce complete the mixing of the Bad album.
- July 13:
25 CBS Records executives and representatives are invited to a dinner party at Hayvenhurst where they are treated with a preview of the Bad album and the Bad short film.
Epic announces that the Bad album has been completed and will be released on August 31.
- July 15:
Radio 1 premieres I Just Can’t Stop Loving You, the first single from the Bad Album.
- July 20 :
The single “Making Love In The Rain” from Herb Alpert is released and it features Janet’s background vocals.
The single IJCSTLU is released worldwide but without a video.
Michael rehearses for the Bad World Tour in Los Angeles .
- August 17 :
Janet is on the cover of Jet magazine with a story on a party hosted by A&M in Beverly Hills with Terry Lewis & Jimmy Jam to celebrate the Control album getting platinum
- August 20:
Jackie & Enid are officicially divorced. Enid keeps custody of Siggy & Brandi.
- August 31 :
The album Bad is released worldwide.
The Bad video is world premiered on the CBS TV Special “Michael Jackson : The Magic Returns”.
Janet wins her first MTV Video Music Award.
A&M releases Control : The Videos, a VHS featuring all the music videos from the album Control.
Michael is on the cover of Ebony magazine.
Michael appears in a new Pepsi commercial with young actor Jimmy Safechuck.
Michael hires Bob Jones, vice-president of MJJ Productions.
- September 7:
The single Bad is released.
- September 9:
Michael arrives in Tokyo (Japon) with pet chimp Bubbles, Katherine & Joe, LaToya & her manager Jack Gordon, Quincy Jones, Frank Dileo, Karen Faye, Michael Bush, Bill Bray, Wayne Nagin, Donny Osmond ect… He stays at the Capitol Hotel.
- September 10:
Michael visits Korakuen Amusement Park .
- September 11:
Michael visits Disneyland Tokyo.
- September 12/13/14:
Michael kicks off his first ever solo tour at the Tokyo Dome.
- September 20/21/22:
Concerts in Nishinomiya . Michael is presented the key to the city by Mayor Oshima at a formal tea ceremony where Michael is accompanied by Bubbles!
- September 25/26/27:
Concert in Yokohama . Michael dedicates the concerts to the memory of Yoshiaki Ogiwara, a five year old boy who was murdered.
Michael gives an interview to Mollie Mildrew for Australian TV. Mollie ha interviewed Michael ten years earlier!
Ebony/Jet showcases an interview of Michael by Darryl Dennard.
September 28 :
Back in Tokyo, Michael visits Ginza square at night.
September 30 :
Michael visits the Nagatacho Elementary School in Tokyo.
Hazel files for divorce and Jermaine introduces Margaret to the family.
Janet leaves Hayvenhurst to move in with her boyfriend Rene Helizondo Jr.
- October 3/4 :
Concerts in Yokohoma.
October 7 :
Michael arrives in Osaka by train from Tokyo.
- October 10/11/12:
Concerts in Osaka .
Michael is on the cover of People with a hand-written message from Michael.
October 13 :
Michael visits a castle in Osaka.
October 15 :
Back in Tokyo, Michael visits the Nissan Motor factory in Oppama close to Yokosuka in Kanagawa disctrit (Baie de Tokyo) then he has dinner at Shiosai restaurant at the Otowa hotel no mori in Hayama.
October 16 :
Michael visits the CBS Sony Studios Roppongi and then he goes to Yomiuri Land, an amusement park.
- October 19 :
Michael flies from Tokyo to Honk Gong with Bill Bray & Karen Faye.
-October 23 :
Michael spends a in Zhongshan in the province of Guangdong, south of China.
–October 24 :
Michael spends the day in Ocean Park with Karen and “Dr Penguin”.
- October 31:
MTV premieres the video of The Way You Make Me Feel.
- November 9 :
Janet and Rene attend Eddie Murphy’s Comedy Tour at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
The Way You Make Me Feel is released as the 3rd single from “Bad”.
-November 10 :
Michael flies from Hong Kong to Sydney.
- November 11:
Michael arrives in Sydney and takes an onward flight to Melboune.
- November 12:
Michael visits a children’s hospital in Melbourne .
- November 13:
Concert in Melbourne .
Michael meets a young boy named Brett Barnes.
- November 20/21:
Concerts in Sydney .
- November 25 :
“Funny How Time Flies” is released as the 7th and final single from “Control” (only in the UK & Australia). Janet does not shoot a video for this single.
- November 25/28:
Concerts in Brisbane .
Stevie Wonder & Michael perform Just Good Friends live on stage! Michael meets a young boy named Wade Robson.
- November 30:
Michael flies back home.