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Michael Jackson - History


Format: CD
Label: SNY
Catalog: 59000
Rel. Date: 06/20/1995
UPC: 074645900025

Artist: Michael Jackson
Format: CD
New: Available $16.94

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''HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I'' (usually shortened to ''HIStory'') is the ninth studio album by American songwriter and recording artist Michael Jackson, released on June 16, 1995 by Epic Records. The majority of the albums tracks were written and produced by Jackson. ''HIStory'' was the first album to be released by Jackson since he was accused of child sexual abuse in August 1993. Recorded during late 1994 and early 1995, several of the double album's fifteen songs pertain to the accusations and Jackson's perceived mistreatment in the media, specifically the tabloids. The song's themes included environmental awareness, isolation, greed, and injustice.

''HIStory'' is one of Jackson's most controversial albums. Jackson was accused of using anti-Semitic lyrics in "They Don't Care About Us". Jackson stated that he did not mean any offense and on multiple occasions denied anti-Semitism. The dispute regarding the lyrics ended with Jackson re-recording the lyrics. R. Kelly was accused of plagiarizing one of the album's songs, "You Are Not Alone". In 2007 a judge ruled that the song was plagiarized and the song was subsequently banned from radio stations in Belgium.

Six singles, and two promotional singles were released from ''HIStory''; "Scream", "You Are Not Alone", "Earth Song", "This Time Around", "They Don't Care About Us" and "Stranger in Moscow". "This Time Around" was released as a radio only single, and "Earth Song", "They Don't Care About Us" and "Stranger in Moscow" were less successful within the United States, but were successful internationally; all three peaking within the top ten in multiple countries. As part of promotion for the song's, music video's were released, which have become influential on other artist's material. The first disc (''HIStory Begins'') is a compilation album of previous hits by Jackson, whereas the second disc (''HIStory Continues'') comprises new material.

The album was generally well received by music critics. Aside from critical success, the album was also commercially successful, debuting and peaking at number one in twelve counties, including the United States, Canada, Australia, France and the United Kingdom, as well as charting within the top ten in Spain and Mexico. ''HIStory'' is the best-selling multiple disc album ever by a solo artist, with worldwide sales of over 20 million copies (40 million in terms of units). The album was nominated for five Grammy Awards, winning one for Best Music Video — Short Form for "Scream". The greatest hits disc of the album was reissued on November 13, 2001 under the name ''Greatest Hits: HIStory, Volume I'' and has reportedly sold four million copies worldwide as of early 2010. - Wikipedia

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