“Invincible” and the last years (1998-2009)


Recording sessions : August 1998-September 2001

Studios : The Hit Factory (New York City), Criteria Studios (Miami, Florida), Marvin’s Room
(Los Angeles, California), Darkchild Studios (Los Angeles, California), Record Plant (Los Angeles, California), Future Recording Studio (Norfolk, Virginia), Sony Studios (New York City), Record One
(Los Angeles, California), A Touch of Jazz Studios (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), Brandon’s Way Recording
(Los Angeles, California), Capitol Studios (Hollywood, California)

Label : Sony Music

Release date : October 30, 2001

Peak on Billboard 200 : 1

Original track listing 

Unbreakable (featuring The Notorious B.I.G.)
Heartbreaker (featuring Fats)
Invincible (featuring Fats)
Break of Dawn
Heaven Can Wait
You Rock My World
2000 Watts
You Are My Life
Don’t Walk Away
The Lost Children (featuring Prince Jackson & Aldo Cascio)
Whatever Happens (featuring Carlos Santana)

Demos/Alternate Versions 

Outtakes/unreleased tracks from the album’ sessions 

Shout : Recorded in 2001 & released in 2001 (Side B to the “Cry” single).

Fall Again (demo) : Recorded in 1999 & released in 2004 (The Ultimate Collection Box Set).

She Was Loving Me (Chicago) : Recorded in 1999. Original demo + new remix by Timbaland released in 2014 (Xscape) under the title “Chicago”.

A Place with No Name : Recorded in 1998-2008, snippet leaked in 2009Full song leaked in 2013. Original demo + new remix by Stargate released in 2014 (Xscape)

Blue Gangsta :  Recorded in 1998, snippet known as “No Friend Of Mine” leaked in 2006 and full song leaked in 2010. Original demo + new remix released in 2014 (Xscape)

Rampage : Written and recorded in 1999-2001. Snippet leaked in 2020. Remains unreleased.

Seeing Voices : Recorded in 1999. Frank Casio auctionned a demo tape in May 2014. Leaked online in 2016 but remains unreleased.

We Be Ballin : Recorded in 1999-2001 and leaked in 2009. Remains unreleased.

(I Can’t Make It) Another Day : Recorded in 1999-2001 & released in 2010 as a remix (Michael). Original demo remains unreleased.

Cheater (2nd demo) : Reworked during Invincible sessions (1999-2001). Failed to make the Invincible album; Features rapper “Fats”. Short snippet leaked online but remains unreleased.

Xscape/aka Escape : Recorded in 1999-2002 & leaked in 2002. Original demo + new remix by Darkchild released in 2014 (Xscape).

Get Your Weight Off Of Me : Written and recorded in 1999-2004. Finalized and mixed in 2004. One of numerous tracks recorded with Rodney Jerkins that is vocally complete and ready for release. Often referred to with the wrong title (“Can’t Get Your Weight Off Of Me”), Only three very short snippets are online. The whole version was played by Michael Prince to a few fans. Run time: 5:17. Full demo remains unreleased.

We’ve Had Enough : Recorded in 1999-2004 & released in 2004 (The Ultimate Collection Box Set).

One More Chance : Recorded in 1999-2003 & released in 2003 (Number Ones).

Beautiful Girl : Recorded in 1998-2004 & released in 2004 (The Ultimate Collection Box Set).

(I Like) The Way You Love Me : Recorded in 1998-2008. First demo released in 2004 (The Ultimate Collection Box Set) + new remix released in 2010 (Michael).

Hollywood Tonight : Recorded in 1999-2008. Additional vocals recorded late 2008 in Michael’s Bel Air Hotel suite. Remixed version featuring Taryll Jackson was released in 2010 (Michael). Demo leaked in 2014 but remains unreleased.

Others songs from this era

People Of The World : Released only in Japan in 1998 for the Japanese children’s choir J-Friends. Solo demo leaked in 2014 but remains unreleased.

What More Can I Give (solo demo) :  Recorded in 1998 and sent to artists during the recording of 9/11 Charity song  in 2001. Leaked in 2017 but remains unreleased.

What More Can I Give : Recorded from September to November 2001.Sony refused to release it in 2001. 200 promo copies of the song were sent to the musicians who participated in the recording process, it was leaked in 2002 by WKTU-FM’s Program Director Frankie Blue and finally released digitally on October 27, 2003.

Toda Para Ti : Spanish version of What More Can I Give. Recorded from September to November 2001.Sony refused to release it in 2001. Released digitally on October 27, 2003.

Space Dance : Michael’s voice and beatboxing was recorded for the soundtrack of the videogame Space Channel 5 in 2000. It remains unreleased.

All In Your Name : Recorded in 2002 & released in 2011.

I Am A Looser : Demo recorded in 2003. Leaked in 2013 but remains unreleased.

Days In Gloucestershire  : Demo recorded in 2004 (at Neverland) and reworked in 2008. It leaked in 2014 but remains unreleased.

Wanna Be Startin Somethin (2008) : Remix by Akon featuring new vocals by MJ recorded in September 2007 (at Eddie Cascio’s home studio in New Jersey) and released in 2008 (Thriller 25 Special Edition)

Hold My Hand (duet with Akon)  : Demo recorded in December 2007 (at Studio X at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas) & leaked in June 2008. New remix released in 2010 (Michael). Original demo remains unreleased.

I Was A Looser : New version of “I Am A Looser” recorded late 2008 in Michael’s Bel Air Hotel suite. Short snippet leaked online but full demo remains unreleased.

Best Of Joy : Recorded in 2002-2008.  Additional vocals recorded late 2008 in Michael’s Bel Air Hotel suite. Released in 2010 (Michael).

Songs known to exist but never released/leaked

I Love You : Song recorded by 3T for their second album in 1998 and co-produced by MJ. Over 20 songs were recorded for the album and only 12 would have been on it. The album however was never released by Sony due to strained relationships between MJ (3T were signed on his label MJJ Music) and Sony. This album is known as The Lost Album. When MJ died in 2009, a written note indicates that he wanted to finish the song “I Love You” with Taryll.

Monster : Recorded in 1999. Mentionned by CJ DeVillar. Mj sings “you created a monster” in the chorus. The song was played to fans.

“Ekan Satyam (The One Truth)” : Recorded as a duet in 1999 by Jackson (singing in English) and Rahman (singing in Sanskrit).

I Have This Dream  : Demo recorded in 1999 with David Foster & Carole Bayer Sager. New version recorded with John Barnes at Neverland (2004) and Bahrein (2005/2006).

From The Bottom Of My Heart : Written in 2005 for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Michael worked on it in 2005/2006.

Unknown* : On May 22, 2009, fans heard Michael recording a new song from a building in the back of his Holmby Hills home. Michael tells them he is working on the lyrics and has not chosen the title yet.

* To this day, the last song known to have been recorded by Michael 42 years after Big Boy…

Single and videos

Promotion (TV performances, interviews, award shows)

Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration 2001

This Is It (2009)

Previous era : « Blood On The Dance Floor » era (1996-1997)

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