Bad Album

Released in 1987 in August 1987 Michael had devoted two and a half years to recording the follow up to the Thriller album , which at the time of the Bad albums release had sold over 40 million records and was the world best selling album.

Michael again worked with Quincy Jones as producer, and they both set out to make the most perfect album humanly possible.

Michael wrote all but 2 of the songs on the album, "Man In the Mirror" a great self message song co-written by Siedah Garrett who co sings on the love song "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" and "Just Good Friends" the duet with Stevie Wonder were the only other tracks not written by Michael.

The first 5 singles from the album all went to Number One in the U.S Billboards charts. To this day it remains the only album to have 5 number one singles.

On the Cd, new technology allowed space for an extra track "Leave Me Alone" a simple message and along with the video gets the message across of him wanting some privacy and trying to dispel some of the ludicrous stories constantly surrounding the now global superstar.

The album has sold over 30 million copies.

Album Track listings:

1. Bad
2. The Way You Make Me Feel
3. Speed Demon
4. Liberian Girl
5. Just Good Friends (Duet with Stevie Wonder)
6. Another Part of Me
7. Man in the Mirror
8. I Just Can't Stop Loving You
9. Dirty Diana
10. Smooth Criminal

Extra track on the CD
11. Leave Me Alone

Singles released and highest Chart Positions US UK
I Just Can't Stop Loving You (Duet with Siedah Garrett
The Way You Make Me Feel
Man In the Mirror
Dirty Diana
Another Part of Me
Smooth Criminal
Leave Me Alone
Liberian Girl

Music Videos that accompanied released singles.
Bad Video
The Way You Make Me Feel Video
Man In The Mirror Video
Dirty Diana Video
Another Part Of Me Video
Smooth Criminal Video
Leave Me Alone Video
Liberian Girl Video - features an array of celebrities.

Bad Album Cover
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Released: August 31st 1987

Produced by: Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones.

Label: Epic

Sales: 30+ million

The album won 2 Grammy Awards.

The album was released in cd, vinyl and cassette format. Picture discs were also released.

Other factors that helped in the promotion of the albums and singles started up to a year before the Bad album was released when Michael had starred in the Disney video Captain Eo which featured the song "Another Part of Me". This 3d movie was sown at the Disneyland theme parks from 1986 to 1984.

Michael also released his short biographical film Moonwalker which was basically a collection of most his short films from the album as well as featuring snippets of various Jackson 5 and Jackson singles.

Michael Jackson launched his first solo world tour which was split into 2 legs from September 1987 to January 1989. He played live to over 4 million fans.

2001 Bad Special Edition
Album Cover (From special edition album cover


In 2001 a Bad Special Edition was released with remastered original tracks plus plus a number of new tracks and interviews by Quincy Jones. The album cover has a black background instead of the original white.

Extra Tracks:
12. "Interview with Quincy Jones No.1
13. "Streetwalker" (previously unreleased)
14. "Interview with Quincy Jones No.2
15. "Todo Mi Amor Eres Tu" (Spanish version of "I Just Can't Stop Loving You", previously unavailable)
16. "Interview with Quincy Jones No.3
17. "Spoken intro to Fly Away"
18. "Fly Away" (previously unreleased)

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