HISTORY: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE BOOK I Album
The HIStory album was released on June 20, 1995, and was Michael' a two disc album with a total of 30 songs. The first disc "HIStory Begins" was a collection of 15 of Michael's greatest hits as an adult solo artist. All greatest hits songs are the same as the original album versions.
The second disc "HIStory Continues" of this album contained 15 brand new songs, 12 of which were composed and written by Michael himself. Although the track "Come Together" was recorded in 1987 and released asa double A- Side with "Remember the Time" as well as having been featured in the Moonwalker movie many years earlier.
The second disc of the 'History' album also credited Michael for the first time with playing the keyboards, Synthesizer, drums and percussion, and guitar.
Special appearances on the album were made by Janet Jackson, Shaquille O'Neal, Notorius B.I.G, Boyz II Men, and Slash.
The album was controvercial, with many angry songs - Michael's reply to the press and allegations that had been plaguing his life and career over the previous few years, as well as had a softer edge with ballads such as "You Are Not Alone", "Earth Song", "Stranger In Moscow" and "Smile". Shortly after it's release the 'HIStory' album was pulled from the shelves due to the the controvercial lyrics in the song "They Don't Care About Us", and new copies of the album were released with a formal apology written by Michael to those who may have been offended by the lyrics.
5 singles were released off of this album; "Scream", "Earth Song", "You Are Not Alone", "Stranger In Moscow", and "They Don't Care About Us". The album hit #1 in 19 countries around the world, with world wide sales of over 15 million. The "You Are Not Alone" single broke a world record when it became the first-ever single to debut at #1 on the Billboard music charts.
Special editions of the HIStory album were released in Canada, Germany, Holland, and France in which Michael spoke directly to his fans of these countries thanking them for their support over the years and promising to tour their countries soon.
Music Videos that accompanied released singles.
Michael Jackson launched his final world tour , the History Tour from September 2006 to October 2009 and peforming to over 4.5 million fans.
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