“History” (1995)

History

Recording sessions : February 1994-March 1995

Studios : Hit Factory, New York.

Label : Sony Music

Release date : June 20, 1995

Peak on Billboard 200 : 1

Original track listing

Scream (duet with Janet Jackson)
They Don’t Care About Us
Stranger In Moscow
This Time Around (featuring The Notorious B.I.G.)
Earth Song
D.S
Money
Come Together
You Are Not Alone
Childhood
Tabloid Junkie
2 Bad (featuring Shaquille O’Neal)
HIStory
Little Susie
Smile

ALTERNATIVE VERSIONS*

*Worked by MJ during his lifetime. Covers and remixes by other artists are not included.

2 Bad (Ghost version) : Special version remixed in 1996 for the “Ghost” short film but remains unreleased.

OUTTAKES FROM THE ALBUM RECORDING SESSIONS

In The Back (demo) : Recorded in 1994-2004 & released in 2004 (The Ultimate Collection Box Set).

On The Line : Recorded in 1994-1996 & released in 1997 (Ghosts Box Set).

Morphine (demo) : Recorded 1994-1997 & released in 1997 (Blood On The Dance Floor). Original demo from 1994 remains unreleased.

Is It Scary (demo) Recorded in 1994-1997 & released in 1997 (Blood On The Dance Floor). Original demo from 1994 remains unreleased.

Ghosts (Demo Guide Vocal) : Recorded in 1994. Full demo leaked in 2017 but remains unreleased.

Learned My Lesson (Much Too Soon) : Written in 1982 but recorded in 1994. A different version was released in 2010 under the title “Much Too Soon”  (Michael). Original demo from 1994 leaked in 2018 but remains unreleased.

Faces : Failed to make the HIStory album. Also known as “Face” The song is about African pride. Michael Jackson has never recorded any vocals on this track except the introduction words. Originally intended to feature a spoken intro by South African Nelson Mandela made by Jackson on the demo. Features a performance by the percussion group STOMP. The song has never been completed due to Mandela’s advisors not allowing him to send back the song to Jackson with his intro because of the scandals surrounding him during this time. Full demo leaked in 2018 but it remains unreleased.

Why : Recorded in 1994 & released in 1995 as a duet with 3T (Brotherhood). Solo demo remains unreleased.

Basszouille : Written in 1994.

OTHER SONGS FROM THIS ERA

I Need You : Song recorded by 3T in 1994 ans released in 1995 on their debut album Brotherhood. Michael does background vocals.

Singles and short films

History Teaser (1995)

Date of shooting : August 7, 1994

Date of premiere : Early June 1995

Directed by : Rufus Wainwright

Official release : On DVD in 1995 (History) but not on Michael’ You Tube official page.

1st single : Scream released on May 31, 1995

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : 5

Short film directed by : Mark Romanek

Date of shooting : May 15-20, 1995

Date of premiere : June 13, 1995

Official release : On DVD in 1997 (History on Film Vol 2) and in 2010 (Vision) and on Michael’ You Tube official page.

2nd single : Childhood released on May 31, 1995) from the “History” album

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : 5

Short film directed by : Nicolas Brandt

Date of shooting : Early June, 1995

Date of premiere : July, 1995

Official release : On DVD in 1997 (History on Film Vol 2) and in 2010 (Vision) and on Michael’ You Tube official page.

3rd single : You Are Not Alone released on August 15, 1995

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : 1

Short film directed by : Wayne Isham

Date of shooting : July 12, 1995

Date of premiere : July 26, 1995

Official release : On DVD in 1997 (History on Film Vol 2), in 2003 (Number Ones) and in 2010 (Vision) and on Michael’ You Tube official page.

4th single : Earth Song : released on November 27, 1995

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : not eligible

Short film directed by : Nicolas Brandt

Date of shooting : August 17, 1995

Date of premiere : November, 1995

Official release : On DVD in 1997 (History on Film Vol 2), in 2003 (Number Ones) and in 2010 (Vision) and on Michael’ You Tube official page.

5th single : They Don’t Care About Us  released on March 31, 1996

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : 30

Short film (prison version) directed by Spike Lee

Date of shooting : January 1996

Date of premiere : March 1996

Official release : On DVD in 2010 (Vision) and on Michael’ You Tube official page

Second short film (Brazil version) directed by Spike Lee

Date of shooting : February 10-17 1996

Date of premiere : March 1996

Official release : On DVD in 1997 (History on Film Vol 2),  in 2010 (Vision) and on Michael’ You Tube official page.

6th Stranger In Moscow released on November 4, 1996

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : 91

Short film directed by : Nicolas Brandt

Date of shooting : Early July 1996

Date of premiere : September 1996

Official release : On DVD in 1997 (History on Film Vol 2),  in 2010 (Vision) and on Michael’ You Tube official page.

Other singles

Why released in September 1996) from the 37 album  “Brotherhood″

Date of shooting : July 1996

Date of premiere : September 1996

Official release :  Released on DVD in 2010 (Vision) and on 3T’s You Tube official page.

Promotion (TV performances/Award Shows/magazine covers etc.)

August 20, 1994 : Michael & Lisa Marie are on the cover of many magazine around the world (Jet, Hello, Paris Match ect…) with the exclusive pictures taken by photograph Dick Zimmerman in NYC.

September 8, 1994 : Michael & Lisa Marie open the MTV Video Music Awards Ceremony with a big kiss live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

October  1994 : Michael & Lisa Marie are on the cover of Ebony with an exclusive interview of Michael by Robert Johnson.

February 23, 1995 : Michael previews several new songs from his new album at the 37th annual NARM convention where he is presented with the Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award.

May 1995 : Michael is on the cover of VIBE magazine with exclusive pictures taken at Neverland with Quincy Jones & his daughter Kidada.

May 22, 1995 : MTV and VIH premiere the HIStory teaser. Later the teaser is rolled out to cinemas across the U.S.

June 14, 1995 : Michael & Lisa Marie give an interview to ABC’s Primetime Live with Diane Sawyer. A new controversy arises about some lyrics to the song They Don’t Care About Us that would be anti-Semitic which Michael categorically denies.

June 16, 1995 : The “History” album is released in Europe.

Huge statues of Michael are held in some European cities.

Both Life & Hello carry the same pictures of Michael & Lisa kissing (taken by Harry Benson)

Michael is on the cover of Entertainment Weekly.

June 22, 1995 : Michael appears at the VH1 Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles to perform “We Are The World” with Boys 2 Men and he also receives an award from Morgan Freeman for his charity efforts.

July 25, 1995 : Michael attends a press conference in New York City to announce the 1995 MTV Video Music Awards nominations + a special HBO concert planned at the Beacon Theatre on December 10.

July 26, 1995 : ABC airs a special feature called “Michael Jackson Changes History” during which Michael gives an interview to Bill Bellamy and premieres the video for “You Are Not Alone”.

September 7, 1995 : Michael & Janet attend the MTV Video Music Awards in New York City with Lisa Marie & Rene . MJ opens the ceremony with a 20 minutes long medley (including “Dangerous” & “You Are Not Alone”) and accepts an award with Janet for Scream.

September 23, 1995 : Michael performs “You Are Not Alone” at the BET 15th Anniversary Special in Washington D.C.

November 4, 1995 : Michael is in Munich, Germany where he performs “Dangerous” and “Earth Song” on Wetten, dass..? TV show.

November 22, 1995 : Michael performs “Dangerous” on Soul Train’s 25th Anniversary special at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

February 19, 1996 : Michael performs “Earth Song” at the Brit Awards in London and he is almost interrupted by Jarvis Cocker, the leader of the British Band Pulp and he also receives the award of Artist Of A Generation presented by Bob Geldof.

March 19, 1996 : Michael gives a press conference in Paris to announce the launch of Kingdom Entertainment, a Paris based multimedia corporation jointly owned with Saudi Prince Al Walid.

June 6, 1996 : Michael appears on MTV Asia’s Channel 5.

July 19, 1996 : Michael gives a press conference in Sun City to announce concert plans in South Africa.

Concerts

History World Tour 1996-1997

Previous era : « Dangerous » (1991)

Next era :« Blood On The Dance Floor » (1997)

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