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Dangerous Album CoverMichael Jackson’s Dangerous Album Was Released. 26-11-'91

A few record stores in the US opened at midnight to begin selling the album as soon as possible. Tower Records in West Hollywood had a 20 foot by 150 foot replica of the album cover on the roof along with other over-sized displays from the album cover. Tower Records had an impromptu midnight opening and sold over 300 copies in 2 hours.

CBS Records initially shipped out 4 million copies of 'Dangerous', a new record. 'Dangerous' is the first album to achieve advance orders of 50,000 units in the former Communist part of Germany. A spokesman for France’s Virgin megastore said 'Dangerous' was the quickest selling album the store has ever handled.
The cost to produce 'Dangerous' probably also set new records, with an estimated cost of over $10 million. Seven recording studios were used to record the tracks. Michael had 24 hour a day access for 2 years to Record One in Sherman Oaks, California at a cost of $4,000 per day. Three rooms at Larabee Sound Studios in Los Angeles were reserved at $3000-$4000 per day.

The expense seems to payoff when 'Dangerous' debuted on Billboard’s top album chart at #1, with 326,500 copies sold in its first week. It held the position for four weeks. With record-breaking sales of 7 million in under two months, 'Dangerous' become Michael’s fastest-selling album ever in the US, breaking the sales record for 'Bad'. 'Dangerous' spent 117 weeks in the Billboard 200, 30 more than Bad. The RIAA certified Dangerous 7 times platinum (7 million copies).

'Dangerous' also debuted at #1 on the UK albums charts, the first album to do so on the strength of just 3 days of sales; it surpassed U2′s new release, Achtung Baby which had a full week of sales. 'Dangerous' spent 23 weeks in the Top 10, and a total of 96 weeks on the Top 75 chart.

Michael’s new album didn’t do too shaby throughout the rest of the world either, debuting at #1 in Australia, Spani, Switzerland, and Finland. The album entered the charts at #2 in Sweden and Germany, and at #3 in Italy. In Japan and the Netherlands, 'Dangerous' debuted at #35 on the albums charts.

Source: Billie Jean


Michael Grants The Wish Of Young David Sonnet, Whom He Meets Via The Make A Wish Foundation Sponsored By Sony. 25-11-'92

Michael and David SonnetMichael grants the wish of young David Sonnet, whom he meets via the Make A Wish Foundation sponsored by Sony. The boy was one of only four kids invited from the foundation to his hero Michael’s Neverland Ranch.

Sonnet suffered a brain aneurysm at the tender age of 8, leaving him only able to function through a communication device, it helping him convey his thoughts through a specialized computer. Young David had received a 'Beat It' jacket from a local charity in West Palm Beach, Florida, which he wore for his special encounter. Michael notices it and says “I see you have my jacket on.”

The activities David did together with his mother at Neverland, included: he held Bubbles, Michael’s monkey and rode the Octopus and the merry-go-round. Because Sonnet was unable to talk or walk, Michael and the boy shared an “I Love You” in sign language. A visibly emotional Michael receives a stuffed lion and a picture of David, and he tells the boy he would keep his photo in his room. Before this encounter, David Sonnet had written to Michael on various occasions as a show of support, and Michael would write back and include photos and other personal mementos and gifts.

Sonnet sent a thank you card to Michael including a wedding card when he married Lisa Marie Presley in 1994. Both times Michael responded with a signed letter and salutation.

According to Debbie Sonnet, David’s mother, Michael’s music did help him recover from a coma. She stated that his recovery room was decorated with numerous photos of Michael and his music was played at all times. Sonnet passed away on July 26, 2004.

Source: MJWN / Billie Jean


Black Or White Single CoverMichael Had His Fourth UK #1 Single With ‘Black Or White’. 23-11-'91

Michael Jackson had his fourth UK #1 single with 'Black Or White' which featured Slash on guitar. Also a #1 hit in the US. 'Black Or White' is the lead single from Michael Jackson’s 'Dangerous' album, released in November 21th, 1991. 'Black Or White' is a mix of rock, and dance-pop.

Written, composed, and arranged by Jackson with the rap lyrics by Bill Bottrell, it is a song that promotes racial harmony. The song’s introduction and main riff are performed by guitarist Slash and Bill Bottrell. 'Black Or White' made an extraordinary and amazing debut in the UK, where it became the first single by an American to go into the singles chart at #1 since 1960, when 'It’s Now Or Never' by Elvis Presley did in the same manner.

The single also stormed into Billboard’s Hot 100 at #35. A week later it shot up to #3 and on its third week, December 7th, 1991, it ascended to #1, making it the fastest chart topper since the Beatles’ 'Get Back' in 1969. It achieved the year at #1, and remained at the top of the singles chart into 1992, for a total of 7 weeks, making Michael Jackson the first artist to get #1 popular hits in the 1970's, 1980's and 1990's.

Around the world, 'Black Or White' hit #1 in 22 countries including US, UK, Mexico, Cuba, Zimbabwe, Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Israel, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the Euro Chart Hot 100 and #2 in Germany and #3 in Holland. It reached #1 on many singles charts in 1991.

The single was certified platinum in the US, selling over one million copies as well as becoming the second-best selling single of 1991. Actually, the hard rock 'Black Or White' is considered one of the greatest rock songs of the 1990's and the meaning behind the lyrics is rock solid in this song.

Source: Billie Jean


Hollywood Walk of Fame Star (20-11-1984)Michael Receives His Star On Hollywood 'Walk Of Fame'. 20-11-'84

Just four years after a star on Hollywood Boulevard’s ‘Walk Of Fame’ was dedicated to the Jacksons, on November 20th, 1984 Michael was honoured with his own star.

He was the 1793rd celebrity to be so recognised, but the very first to capture two different stars. At his own request, the star was situated outside Mann’s Chinese Theater.

About 6,000 fans turned out for the presentation, the largest crowd to ever attend such a presentation. Michael appeared at the unveiling of the star for a full 3 minutes, then he was advised by security to leave as the crowd grew out of control.

A podium and stage had been set up, as the world’s most famous entertainer was to be honored on the world’s most famous sidewalk, Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, a permanent monument that recognizes his life-long contribution to show business.

When Michael mounted the podium, with his mother Katherine, father Joe and Hollywood honorary Mayor Johnny Grant, he waved to the crowd with his gloved hand and delivered a speech of five words:
“Thank you very, very much!”

Fearful that some 6,000 frenzied fans who filled the streets had rebuffed crowd-control efforts, superstar Michael Jackson made the shortest acceptance speech-five words-in the history of Hollywood Walk of Fame dedication ceremonies. Concerned for the safety of the 6,000 fans who turned out to witness the unveiling ceremony, Michael was forced to abandon his planned speech.

Source: Billie Jean


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