1998-2004 : Invincible/The Ultimate Collection era

All the studio recordings (songs, demos and alternate versions) recorded by MJ during the Invincible/Ultimate Collection era (1998-2004). Songs and poems written but never recorded, live performances, covers and remixes by other artists are not included.

Sources : My personal research, Wikipedia, Michael Jackson: For The Record by Chris Cadman & Craig Halstead, Twitter account of Damien Shields and the amazing archives of the MJCast.

Adore You : Demo recorded in 2004 (at Neverland) with Brad Buxer. . Damien Shields : “I heard a version of Adore You which had some background vocals which build into a full-blown choir type of thing at the end. It’s haunting. Sounds very cool. But not a single lyric or lead vocal on the version I heard. One of the songs listed by MJ on a handwritten note of songs he wanted to finish in June 2009. Remains unreleased.

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

Angel : Song written by Babyface and recorded by MJ in 1998. Remains unreleased.

Another Day : Recorded in 1999-2001 & released posthumously in 2010 as a remix (Michael). Original demo remains unreleased.

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).

Attitude : Song registered with EMI Music Publishing. Written by Michael Jackson, Kathy Wakefield, Michel Pierre Colombier. Remains unreleased.

Beautiful Girl : First mix recorded in 1998. New mix recorded in 2003-2004 & released on November 16, 2004 (The Ultimate Collection Box Set). One of the songs listed by MJ on a handwritten note of songs he wanted to finish in June 2009.

Belong 2 : Written by MJ and Teddy Riley in 1999. Remains unreleased.

Bio : Written by Michael Jackson, Brad Buxer in 1998-2001. Remains unreleased.

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)

Blue Powder : Written by Michael Jackson, Brad Buxer in 1998-2001. Remains unreleased.

Break Of Dawn : Recorded from July 1998 to July 2001. Released on October 30, 2001 (Invincible).

Butterflies : Recorded from July 1998 to July 2001. Released on October 30, 2001 (Invincible).

Can I Live : Written by Sisqó and Teddy Riley. Remains unreleased.

Cheater (2nd demo) : Demo from 1985-1986 reworked during Invincible sessions (1999-2001). Failed to make the Invincible album; Features rapper “Fats”. Short snippet leaked online but remains unreleased.

Children’s Holiday : Recorded in November 1997 for the fund-raising band J-friends along with ‘People Of The World’. The lyrics were translated to Japanese by Goro Matsui. Released in 1998 only in Japan. Michael’s solo demo remains unreleased.

Cry : Recorded from July 1998 to July 2001. Released on October 30, 2001 (Invincible).

Dangerous (Michael Jackson And Friends) : Mix done for the Michael Jackson And Friends performances in June 1999. Remains unreleased.

Dangerous (American Bandstand) : Mix done for the American Bandstand and Apollo Theatre performances in April 2002. Remains unreleased.

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

Don’t Walk Away : Recorded from July 1998 to July 2001. Released on October 30, 2001 (Invincible).

Do You Love Me : Song recorded with Babyface in late 1998. Remains unreleased.

Do You Want Me : Written in 1999 by Sisqó & Dru Hill. Failed to make the Invincible album. Remains unreleased.

Ekan Satyam (The One Truth) : Recorded as a duet in September 1999 by Jackson (singing in English) and A.R. Rahman (singing in Sanskrit). It remains unreleased.

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

Get Around : Song cited by MJ in his 1993 deposition. A version crediting Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III and LaShawn Daniels was considered for the Invincible album but failed to make the final tracklisting. Remains unreleased.

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. Mastered on June 20, 2004, for “The Ultimate Collection” but again, the song failed to gain a release on that box set.The song was last discussed during a Sony UK meeting before the release of the “Xscape” album. Full demo remains unreleased.

Heartbreaker : Recorded from March 1999 to July 2001. Released on October 30, 2001 (Invincible).

Heaven Can Wait : Recorded from July 1998 to July 2001. Released on October 30, 2001 (Invincible).

Heaven’s Girl : Written by R Kelly. Remains unreleased.

Hollywood Tonight : Recorded in 1999-2008. Additional vocals recorded late 2008 in Michael’s Bel Air Hotel suite. Damien Shields : “There are unreleased vocals of MJ ad-libbing “she’s too young to understand” during the bridge of Hollywood Tonight which somehow slipped through the cracks and were never used in any posthumous remix. There’s an unreleased rhythm guitar by David Williams too”. One of the songs listed by MJ on a handwritten note of songs he wanted to finish in June 2009. Remixed version featuring Taryll Jackson was released posthumously in 2010 (Michael). Demo leaked in 2014 but remains unreleased.

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

I Don’t Live Here Anymore : Written by MJ circa 2001. Failed to make the Invincible album. Remains unreleased.

I Have This Dream (1st demo) : Written by Michael Jackson, David Foster and Carol Bayer Sager in 1999 during the Invincible sessions. 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”. One of the songs listed by MJ on a handwritten note of songs he wanted to finish in June 2009. Damien Shields : “I Love You” is a song written by Taryll Jackson for a 3T album (which they call “The Lost Album”) which was never released. Michael was helping produce the 3T album and loved Taryll’s song so much that he wanted to record a solo version. He died before he got around to it”. Remains unreleased.

Invincible : Recorded from March 1999 to July 2001. Released on October 30, 2001 (Invincible).

It’s Not Worth It : Written by Rodney Jerkins and recorded in 1999 during the “Invincible” session. Snippets leaked online and a snippet is used on Brandy’s same song released in 2002. Remains unreleased.

Jungle City : Written by MJ and Brad Buxer and recorded in 2000 during the “Invincible” sessions. Track was put up for auction in 2018 along with “Blue Powder”, “What More Can I Give”, and a demo of “The Way You Love Me”. Remains unreleased.

Kick It : Song recorded with Rodney Jerkins during the Invincible sessions in 1999-2001. Remains unreleased.

Maybe We Can Do It : Written by MJ, Rodney Jerkins and Sean Combs. Features MJ and Sean Combs. Recorded in 1999-2002 but failed to make the Invincible album. Remains unreleased.

Michael’s Affirmation : Damien Shields : “Michael’s Affirmation isn’t a song. It’s a spoken word piece recorded by MJ to encourage Roy Horn (of Siegfried & Roy) to stay positive when recovering from the onstage tiger attack in October 2003. The music behind MJ’s spoken words is an instrumental called “Photographs”. Remains unreleased.

Monster : Recorded in 1998. 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. Damien Shields : “Recorded 1998. Epic production. Lots of layers. It’s dark. Heavy beat. Has a string section. MJ sang the strings in a voicemail left on Brad Buxer’s answering machine, and Michael Prince brought them to life musically. Lyrics: “you created a monster” and that’s it.” Remains unreleased.

On My Anger : Written in 1999 by MJ and Teddy Riley. Failed to make the Invincible album. Remains unreleased.

One More Chance : Different than the song from 1970. Recorded in 1999-2003. Released on November 18, 2003 (Number Ones).

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.

Privacy : Recorded from July 1998 to July 2001. Released on October 30, 2001 (Invincible).

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

Rocker : Damien Shields : “Rocker reminds me of Queen’s “We Will Rock You” – a really aggressive spitting type of verse vocal with an anthemic chorus. The verses on Rocker are just MJ spitting out random nonsensical sounds and phrases. The chorus has lyrics, but without the verses it’s not a complete song. I wish MJ would have finished it. Alas. I don’t know the exact date, but I was told by the engineer who recorded MJ’s vocals that Rocker was recorded in a bathroom at Neverland ranch. So sometime before then end of 2004? I don’t know exactly when. The composition is not similar to “We Will Rock You”, but the vocal melody and aggressive “spitting” style of vocal delivery in the verses are similar to it. VERY strong vocal. The verses are PURE nonsensical mumbling. The chorus is pretty close to complete.”. Remains unreleased. 

Satisfy : Written by Terry Lewis and James Harris III. Mariah Carey song featuring Jackson on backing vocals. Failed to make the 2002 Charmbracelet album. Remains unreleased.

Seduction : Written by Michael Jackson and Shelby Lee Myrick III. Failed to make the Invincible album. Remains unreleased.

Seeing Voices : Recorded in 2000 with Ray Charles and Sidney Fine. Frank Casio auctionned a demo tape in May 2014. Leaked online in 2016 but remains unreleased.

Seeing Voices : Recorded in 2000 with Ray Charles and Sidney Fine. Frank Casio auctionned a demo tape in May 2014. Leaked online in 2016 but remains unreleased.

She Was Loving Me (aka Chicago) : Recorded in 1999. Original demo + new remix by Timbaland released posthumously on May 9, 2014 (Xscape) under the title “Chicago”.

Shout : Recorded in 2001. Released on December 5, 2001 (Cry).

Soldier’s Entrance : Worked on by MJ in 1999 with a view to having it featured on the Invincible album. 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.

Speechless : Recorded from July 1998 to July 2001. Released on October 30, 2001 (Invincible).

Stop The War : Written circa 1999 by MJ and Carole Bayer Sager. Failed to make the Invincible album. The song is an early version of “We’ve Had Enough”, a song featured on the 2004 box set album The Ultimate Collection. Song about the Kosovo War. Remains unreleased.

Thank Heaven : Written in 1998. Damien Shields “MJ spoken intro (dedicating the song to “my son Michael Jackson Jr”) but the song itself is sung by a woman + choir. Sounds like a lullaby/nursery rhyme. One of the songs listed by MJ on a handwritten note of songs he wanted to finish in June 2009. Remains unreleased.

That : Registered with the United States Copyright Office in November 1998. Remains unreleased.

That Kind of Lover : Written circa 2001 by MJ & Ray Ruffin. Failed to make the Invincible album. Remains unreleased.

The Gloved One : Written by Sisqo circa 2001. Failed to make the Invincible album. Remains unreleased.

The Lost Children : Recorded from July 1998 to July 2001. Released on October 30, 2001 (Invincible).

The Nightmare of Edgar Alan Poe : Written circa 2000 by MJ & Walter Afanasieff. Had been scheduled to feature in the shelved independently financed film The Nightmare of Edgar Alan Poe, which MJ was slated to appear in. Alternatively titled “Edgar Alan Poe”. Remains unreleased.

The Pain : Written by Shawn Stockman, Jay Harvey Mason, Rodney Jerkins. Failed to make the Invincible album. Remains unreleased.

The Way You Love Me aka (I Like) The Way You Love Me  : Recorded in 2000. Second mix recorded and released on November 16, 2004 (The Ultimate Collection Box Set) + new remix released posthumously on December 10, 2010 (Michael).

This Is Our Time : Written by MJ, Lauryn Hill and David Foster. Failed to make the Invincible album. Despite rumors to the contrary, the song was not recorded as a duet with Hill. Remains unreleased.

Threatened : Recorded from March 1999 to July 2001. Released on October 30, 2001 (Invincible).

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. The song was never released on CD or streaming platforms.

Triple Threat Cable : Written and recorded in 1999 for an album that was shelved. Remains unreleased.

Tubeway : Written circa 1999. Failed to make the Invincible album. Remains unreleased.

Unbreakable : Recorded from March 1999 to July 2001. Released on October 30, 2001 (Invincible).

Vibrationist : Written circa 1999 by MJ and Teddy Riley. Failed to make the Invincible album. Remains unreleased.

We Be Ballin : Recorded in 1998 with Rick “Dutch” Cousin and Shaquille O’Neal. The song leaked in 2009. Remains unreleased.

We’ve Had Enough : 1st mix recorded in 1999-2001. New mix recorded in 2004 & released on November 16, 2004 (The Ultimate Collection Box Set).

Whatever Happens : Recorded from July 1998 to July 2001. Released on October 30, 2001 (Invincible).

What’s a Guy Gotta Do : Written in 2000 by Pharrell Williams. Failed to make the Invincible album. 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. The song was never released on CD or streaming platforms.

What You Do To Me (1998 demo) : Demo recorded in 1998.  Damien Shields : “The 1998 What You Do To Me filing is an early demo of The Way You Love Me. The version I heard had primitive production and only had scratch vocals on the chorus (no verse vocal). However, a lyric sheet for the complete song was also enclosed. MJ is scatting/yodelling at the end”.

Wonderful World Of Candy : Duet with Nisja Kataria recorded at Neverland in 2003. Remains unreleased.

Xscape/aka Escape : Recorded in 1999-2002 & leaked in 2002. Original demo + new remix by Darkchild released posthumously on May 9, 2014 (Xscape).

You Are A Liar : Cited by MJ in his court deposition in November 1993. Failed to make the Invincible album. Also known as “You’re a Liar”. Remains unreleased.

You Are My Life : Recorded in July 2001. Released on October 30, 2001 (Invincible).

2000 Watts : Recorded from July 1998 to July 2001. Released on October 30, 2001 (Invincible).

You Rock My World : Recorded from March 1999 to July 2001. Released on October 30, 2001 (Invincible).

You Rock My World (short film version) : Mix done in July 2001 for the short film. Remains unreleased.

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