“Invincible” (2001)

Invincible

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
Butterflies
Speechless
2000 Watts
You Are My Life
Privacy
Don’t Walk Away
Cry
The Lost Children (featuring Prince Jackson & Aldo Cascio)
Whatever Happens (featuring Carlos Santana)
Threatened

Demos/Outtakes/unreleased tracks from the album’ sessions 

Bio : Written by Michael Jackson, Brad Buxer. Remains unreleased.

Blue Powder : Written by Michael Jackson, Brad Buxer.Remains unreleased.

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 posthumously 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 posthumously 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 posthumously 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 posthumously 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 posthumously 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 posthumously in 2010 (Michael). Demo leaked in 2014 but remains unreleased.

Monster : Recorded in 1999-2001. Mentionned by Michael Prince & CJ DeVillar. Mj sings “you created a monster” in the chorus. The song was played to fans. Not related to the FAKE Cascio song released in 2010. Remains unreleased.

I Have This Dream (demo) : Written by Michael Jackson, David Foster and Carol Bayer Sager in 1999 during the Invincible sessions. 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.

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

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.

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

Singles and short films

1st single : You Rock My World released on August 22, 2001

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : 10

Short film directed by Paul Hunter

Date of shooting : August 13-21, 2001

Date of premiere : September 21, 2001

Official release : On DVD in 2003 (Number Ones, short version) and in 2010 (Vision, long version) and on Michael’ You Tube official page.

2nd single : Cry released on December 5, 2001

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : not eligible

Short film directed by Nicolas Brandt

Date of shooting : September 2001 (Michael does not appear in the video)

Date of premiere : December 2001

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

3rd single : “Butterflies” (promo only, never released)

The song entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart in early November 2001, at number sixty. The single eventually peaked at number fourteen on the Billboard Hot 100 the week ending January 26, 2002. The track, which was released as a promotional single internationally, did not chart on any music charts outside of the United States. The song was Jackson’s last hit single in the United States in the final years of his career.

No short film

4th single : Unbreakable (canceled)

In April 2002, Michael was about to start shooting the “Unbreakable” short film when Sony announced that they won’t release the single. The promotion of the Invincible album was over with only 2 singles…

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

May 15, 1998 : Michael holds a press conference in Beverly Hills to announce a series of benefit concerts for the World Peace Foundation For Children.

March 20, 1999 : Michael goes to Munich to announce the Michael Jackson & Friends Benefit Concerts during the German TV Show Wetten Dass.

March 23, 1999 : Michael goes to Cape Town to give a press conference with Nelson Mandela about the benefit concerts. While in South Africa he visits Sun City.

May 1, 1999 : Michael attends the Bollywood Movie Award held at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in New York. He is dressed in a black Indian suit designed by Manish Malhotra. He accepts a special “Humanitarian Award” from London-based industrialist S.P. Hinduja for his role in promoting the cause of global peace.

June 9, 1999 : Michael is in Munich with Prince, Paris and Grace to hold a press conference for Michael Jackson And Friends.

June 25, 1999 : Michael performs the first charity concert in Seoul .

June 27, 1999 : Michael performs his second concert in Munich.

September 4, 1999 : Michael accepts an award and presents a cheque to Nelson Mandela during the Kora All African Awards in Sun City.

November 30, 1999 : To celebrate Thriller as the best video ever, Michael gives an interview to MTV and appear on the cover of TV Guide with exclusive pictures/interview.

May 10, 2000 : Prince Albert of presents Michael with the Artist Of The Millenium Award at the very end of the World Music Awards ceremony in Monaco.

May 26, 2000 : Michael escorts Dame Elizabeth Taylor to a tribute concert honoring her at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

October 28, 2000 : Michael & Elizabeth Taylor attend the Carousel Of Hope charity gala at the Hilton Hotel of Beverly Hills.

November 30, 2000 : Michael attends the Angel Ball Fundraiser with Schmuley Boteach and Denise Rich in NYC. N’Sync present him an award and Michael gets to see President Clinton, Elie Wiesel and Professor Stanley Greenspan.

December 19, 2000 : Michael makes an appearance on the stage of the Madison Square Garden in New York at the end of the charity concert Miracle On the 34th Street and hugs Whitney Houston & Destiny’s Child.

February 14, 2001 : Michael gives a press conference for “Heal The Kids” at the Carnegie Hall in New York with Shmuley Boteach & Frank Cascio.

March 6, 2001 : Michael goes to the Oxford University to give a moving sppech about childhood. Frank, Uri, Schmuley & german business partner Dieter Wiesner attend the event.

March 10, 2001 : Janet is the first artist to be honored with the MTV Icon Award during a TV Special on MTV. At the end, Jermaine, Jackie, Marlin & Tito go on stage to congratulate Janet and Michael appears via a pre recorded video.

March 19, 2001 : N’Sync induct Michael in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame as a solo artist during a special presentation at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York . Michael invites Frank “Tyson” Cascio and Shmuley Boteach as his guests.

June 28, 2001 : Michael gets on stage at the end of the Summer Jam Concert festival in Long Island to hug rapper Jay-Z with whom he has just done background vocals For his song Girls, Girls, Girls.

August 30, 2001 : Early in the morning, Michael opens the stock exchange at NASDAQ on Times Square in New York City. He is also presented with a birthday cake and a Shirley Temple poster.

September 6, 2001 : Michael makes a surprise appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center in NYC to dance with N’Sync at the end of their performance.

September 7 + 10 : Michael performs two concerts at the Madison Square Garden.

October 21, 2001 : Michael is in Washington DC where he participates at a TV concert for the victims of September 11. He performs “Man In The Mirror” and at the end, he sings “What More Can I Give” with all the artists of the night (including Usher & Mariah Carey).

November 7, 2001 : For the first time in his career, Michael makes an appearance at the Virgin megastore of Times Square in New York to promote and sign copies of Invincible. He also gives several interviews to the TV shows TRL (MTV), Entertainment Tonight (CBS) et 106 & Park (BET).

November 12, 2001 : Michael is on the cover of TV Guide with an exclusive interview and pictures.

Entertainment Tonight airs the first footage of the “What More Can I Give” video. The song is ready but Sony doesn’t want to release it. They also refuse to put commercials for Michael’s new album during the airing of his concert on CBS.

November 13, 2001 : CBS broadcasts an edited version of Michael’s concerts at the Madison Square Garden and gets great ratings.

December 14, 2001 : Michael gives an interview to USA Today.

December 19, 2001 : Michael gives an interview to the Steve Harvey Morning Radio Show. Later he attends the KIIS-FM Jingle Ball Concert in Los Angeles where Rick Dees & Magic Johnson present him the Legend Award.

January 9, 2002 : Chris Tucker presents the Artist of The Century Award to Michael at the American Music Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

February 2002 : Michael is on the cover of VIBE magazine with an exclusive interview & photoshoot at Neverland.

February 9, 2002 : Michael & Elizabeth Taylor attend the fund-raiser Art For Aids : A Tribute To Rock Hudson at the Laguna Art Museum in Laguna Beach. Later in the evening, they attend a private dinner at Dana Point with Michael’s dermatologist Dr Arnold Klein.

April 20, 2002 : At the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Michael tapes a performance of “Dangerous” for Dick Clark’s 50th Anniversary of American Bandstand.

April 24, 2002 : Michael performs “Dangerous”, “Black Or White” & “Heal The World” (joined by Diana Ross!) during a fund-raiser for the Democratic National Committee’s Every Vote Counts ‘campaign held at the mythic Apollo Theatre in Harlem. It is Michael’s last live performance in front of an audience.

June 15, 2002 : Michael attends a fan demonstration at the Sony Music offices in London . He arrives riding on the top deck of a London open topped bus which has been organized for him by a group of fans. Later, Michael attends a fan-club event with Uri Geller at the Equinox nightclub where he speaks for the first time of his problems with Sony and his CEO Tommy Mottolla.

July 6, 2002 : Michael attends a fan demonstration at the Sony Music offices in Manhattan, New York. As he did in London, Michael arrives on the top of a double-decker bus. Later, Michael goes to a civil rights meeting to speak out against the music industry’s treatment of the artists and he calls Tommy Mottala a “racist, mean and devilish man” which causes a huge controversy. In the evening, Michael attends a fan-club party with Grace & Karen at the Webster Hall where he accepts the 30th Anniversary Fan Award.

July 9, 2002 : Michael goes to Al Sharpton’s National Action Network headquaters in Harlem where he speaks again of a conspiracy in the record industry against black artists.

August 29, 2002 : Michael goes to New York City to appear at the MTV Video Awards Ceremony, held at Radio City Music Hall, where Britney Spears presents him a birthday cake for his 44th birthday but Michael misundetstands and gives a thanking speech for the Artist of the Millenium award.

Concerts

Michael Jackson And Friends 1999

Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration 2001

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

Next era : What More Can I Give (2003)

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