As always, Michael worked together with a lot of
songrwiters/producers. Which songs Michael will select to appear
on the album is unknown (he will only choose about 10-15 songs).
Here is a list of people who worked with Michael:
Latest Album News:
checking the page for more news!
June 22, 2001: Rock my World, the first single from Invincible, is not a duet, says PlanetJackson.
The song Michael premiered to Sony Music contains only an intro dialouge with a special guest. Also to date there has been no video done, altough Michael has a special concept
and already met with several directors. With regards to the previously mentioned duet with a female singer that has a "y" in her name, this project might not appear on
Invincible. As many other collaborations that Michael did for his new album, it could be discarded. As of now, it is not on the album.
June 16, 2001:
Today, PlanetJackson revealed more details on the new album, Invincible. The album is packed with strong beats, creative tempos and killer grooves. Throughout the
record, the flavor is definitely R&B, but Michaelís own style blends with it in a unique combination. Once again, Michael Jackson has reinvented himself and comes back with an
innovative new sound. It contains seven amazing ballads, but also the classic Michael Jackson hit tracks, the signature songs that made him the King of Pop.
- 2000 Watts: An electric club song that comes in like a whirlwind
- Unbreakable: Michael's favorite song on the album (probably the first single) it is an uptempo destroyer track.
- Rock My World: Another huge piece of music, one of the album best tracks and one of Michael Jacksonís surest hits ever.
- Speechless: Contains a fascinating acapella intro
- The Lost Children: Like on Speechless Michael Jacksonís voice reaches new heights in the mastery of vocal performance.
- Cry: A great ballad, co-produced by R. Kelly.
R. Kelly is on of the producers who made in on the album, and so do Rodney Jerkins and Teddy Riley. Another collaboration on Invincible is a posthumous rap cameo
by Notorious B.I.G.
June 15, 2001:
Sony Music and Michael Jackson have now confirmed the final release date for Invincible. The so long awaited album will be in stores on September 25. According to
some unknown sources (this is not confirmed) the first single will be released commercially around Aug. 1, this means we could expect first airplays in the end of July. More details
to come as available....
June 14, 2001:
After the premiere of Michael Jackson's new album to Sony Music last Tuesday, several leaks occured and rumors started to appear in the
media all over the world. Although Michael Jackson wished to keep details on his album secret a few more weeks, it has now become
impossible to stop the leak of information. In order to prevent baseless rumors from spreading, Planet Jackson has now released the official
information on Michael Jackson's new album.
Break Of Dawn
Heaven Can Wait
Rock My World
The Lost Children
Don't Walk Away
(titles in random order)
As previously stated, Michael Jackson is still undecided about four songs from this selection which might be replaced.
June 14, 2001: WKTU Radio in New York let the cat out of the bag this morning when it announced the
title of Michael's new album. First it was Off the Wall, then Thriller. He's Bad and Dangerous. He's
made music HIStory over and over again. He is in a word ...... INVINCIBLE - that is the title of the new record according to the WKTU DJs.
This would fit with yesterdays PlanetJackson statement, that the title is one word and starts with the letter "I" - but be carefull: this is not an official fact.
WKTU DJs had also an opportunity to preview the album this week, with one calling it "amazing." Expect a "change in the music industry," said morning
DJ Michelle Versage.
June 13, 2001:
Tuesday June 12th, Sony Music held a special conference at the Hit Factory studio in New York City to premiere Michael Jackson's new album to Sony Music executives from
around the world. Here is what PlanetJackson reported:
Michael Jackson greeted the exclusive crowd at the studio and then left the audience. 15 songs were premiered during that special session. Michael being very secret about his
songs prior to their release, we will not reveal the complete tracklisting details. Besides, there are still four tracks from the selection that was premiered that might be replaced. Michael is
still undecided about those four songs.
The title of the new album is now decided. Michael has chosen to give a spectacular title to his new record. As it is Michael's wish to keep it a secret for the time being, PlanetJackson
will only reveal that the album title is one word that begins with the letter "i". And it is spectacular.
After the exclusive premiere of Michael Jackson's new album, the reaction of the crowd was ecstatic. The new record was described by many as Michael's best
work since "Thriller."
June 7, 2001: PlanetJackson reported that Michael Jackson has completed the recording of his new album, which will be premiered to Sony
Music international executives during a special conference in New York next week.
May 29, 2001: Following up on the American schedule, Sony Music has set the European release date for Michael
Jackson's new album to September 17th (or September 24th), that means one day earlier than in the US.
May 22, 2001: Michael Jackson and Sony Music have now come to a final decision with regards to the release date
for the new album. Michael Jackson's new album will either be released on September 18th or September 25th.
It is Michael Jackson's will to do his utmost to release the album before September 30th.
April 19, 2001:
Sony Music and Michael Jackson have rescheduled the release of Michael Jackson's new album.
The album is now tentatively slated for a release in the USA on September 18th 2001. (A release date for Europe is yet to come.)
March 20, 2001: Three weeks ago, Carlos Santana received a song from Michael's new album, direct from Michael
himself. Michael is hoping that Mr. Santana will add guitar to this track. Mr. Santana has listened to the track, but has made no official decision,
as he's very busy working on his own next album, which is scheduled for release in November.by MJNI
March 20, 2001: The new Michael Jackson album is now being scheduled for release between September and November 2001.
March 12, 2001: The June 2001 Release Date has been cancelled due to MJ's new recording plans. No new date is yet known.
February 24, 2001:
Fink quotes Michael Jackson's lawyer, John Branca as saying that the album may now even be released later than June: "It's not ready yet," Branca is
reported to have said, continuing "and no one's had the heart to tell (Sony Music chief) Tommy (Mottola)."
Fink claims to have seen Mr. Mottola at a party, and took the opportunity of asking him about the new album's delay. "All I want is another 'Thriller,'"
Motolla is reported to have said. "The time it takes doesn't matter. Just get it to me this year and everything will be fine."
Fink also claims that Carlos Santana spent the 23rd February "in a San Francisco recording studio today putting down a guitar solo on one of
Jackson's tracks." Fink believes Michael may have been present at the session.
Entire report by MJNI
February 4, 2001:
On January 31st, a few Sony Music executives had the privilege to hear three tracks from Michael Jackson's new album.
While a handful of music industry professionals were attending a meeting with Tommy Mottola in New York, the Sony Music
President premiered three new Michael Jackson songs to his hand-picked audience. This exclusive music was played as an
example to demonstrate the power of excellence in quality production, a goal that, according to Mottola, each Sony Music
executive should push their artists for. Three songs from Michael Jackson's new album were premiered during the meeting.
Only 1 minute of each song was played, consisting of a verse and a chorus. Michael Jackson being very secret about the
titles of his songs, this information will remain undisclosed. The first two tracks were up-tempo; the last one was a
ballad co-produced by R. Kelly.
Shortly after this exclusive hearing, Planet Jackson gathered the impressions of one Sony Music executive. Here they
are in the heat of the moment: "We are just blown away... This was amazing. The first song we heard was a typical Michael
Jackson song. But one of his best, ever. I mean, it's an instant hit. The production on the track is so slick, so smooth,
so clean. That's the Michael Jackson you know and love. The melody is very strong. Michael is singing in a jerky, staccato
voice. Very unusual. Then we heard the second track... And that was a shock to us, really. The production is futuristic.
I mean, I hear a lot of music but that's something I've never ever heard. It's basically a new sound, and it's awesome.
I think it's going to be the new trend in music because it's really that huge. I think it's even too new to be the first
single off of the album. People will need a little time to be ready for that. The rhythm is so innovative. The man just
created a new sound. We were all taken aback, looking at each other, like 'What is this!?'. If I had to describe it, the
first thing that'd come to mind would be 'industrial R&B.' That song is going to change things in the way people produce
The last track we heard was a ballad. And that is arguably one of the surest hits I've ever heard. In the business,
we call that a 'highway,' meaning that the song is going to the top of the charts on a highway, fast and straight. I see
it at the top for twenty weeks or so. It's that good. The voice of Michael is so beautiful. And the melody is original
and beautiful. We heard about 45 seconds of it and we were intoxicated. That song is going to be a very big hit.
I think that's the Michael Jackson we've all been waiting for and it's definetely going to be worth the wait."
Entire report by PlanetJackson
January 25, 2001: Sony Music have rescheduled the new Michael Jackson album to June 26th
in the USA and June 25th in Europe (2001). In order to meet this release date, the recording of the new album will have
to be over by the end of March.
January 11, 2001: According to PlanetJackson Sony Music has set a new release date for
the new album. The record company still hopes to deliver the album before summer. New working date: April 24 (U.S.) and
April 23 (Europe).
January 9, 2001: According to PlanetJackson, the new album is again postponed. It won't come
out at the end of March because Michael is still recording new material for it. Altough the mixing for the other tracks has
been finished, the recording goes on. A new release date is in work.
December 4, 2000: According to PlanetJackson, last week, Michael Jackson and Sony Music have set a release date for the new Michael Jackson album.
The new recording is now scheduled for a release on Tuesday March 27th 2001.This working release schedule is for the US market and is subject to modifications.
The new album is to be released on a record six configurations: CD Album / Cassette Album / Mini Disc Album / Vinyl Album / CD Super Audio / DVD Audio Album
November 23, 2000:On November 21, 2000, Michael Jackson and Rabbi Shmuley Boteach gave an exclusive interview
to a selected group of about 30 reporters at the home of publicist Howard J. Rubenstein in New
York, USA. In the interview he talked also about the new album.
"My new album should be out in March, I played six songs for Sony Music today and they were walking on air. They applauded. They really loved them. Now I just
have to come up with five more.
The album is still untitled. But Michael told that the songs are written and produced variously by him with
Teddy Riley, R. Kelly and Rodney Jerkins. "But you know I'm in charge," he said, laughing.
Read the following statements:
November 6, 2000:
According to PlanetJackson , Michael Jackson will premiere this week songs from his new album to Sony Music USA.
Major decisions regarding the release of the new album will follow shortly.
October 5, 2000:
According to PlanetJackson, Michael Jackson has finished recording new songs for the upcoming album. Now he started, togehter with Bruce Swedien, mixing the tracks.
Michael Jackson and engineer Bruce Swedien are currently mixing the album. If everything is finsihed in time, the album could be exist in a mastering version
in spring 2001 and the release date could be the summer 2001.
September 30, 2000: According to PlanetJackson, the "march 2001" release date for the new album has been postponed! The record
could be out in summer 2001.
June 30, 2000: According to PlanetJackson, the "late 2000" release date for the new album has been definitley canelled! Jackson hopes to
bringt out the long awaited record in March 2001!
April 19, 2000:
Successful Danish producers Soulshock & Karlin have been working on the new Michael Jackson album.
L.A. based company Soulpower Productions was founded three years ago by Carsten Schack and Kenneth Karlin (a.k.a. Soulshock & Karlin). The team of Danish producers has produced songs for the likes of Whitney Houston, Toni
Braxton, Mary J. Blidge, Monica and 2Pac, and remixes for Madonna, Babyface and Brandy, among others.
In a recent interview with French magazine "L'Affiche", Kenneth Karlin spoke about the Michael Jackson project.
"We first got connected to Michael Jackson when we produced one track on the first Brownstone album, for MJJ Music. Last year, Michael's management contacted us. Michael wanted us to work on songs for his new album. We did two tracks, fast ones. That's what Michael does best. Hopefully they'll be on the new album, but we hear he has so many songs already..."
April 7, 2000:
Yesterday, Rodney Jerkins issued the following statement through his publicist Courtney Barnes.
"Grammy Nominated producer Rodney Jerkins will continue to produce and write songs for the forthcoming Michael Jackson album as he has for over a year. Jerkins is furious about numerous rumors and stories that have surfaced over the past several weeks claiming he was fired by Jackson.
Jeff Kwatinetz, manager for Michael Jackson, upon hearing of the rumor, said 'Of course it's not true. Rodney was not fired. It's just silly internet gossip.' "
Today, Planet Jackson talked to Fred Jerkins, Rodney's brother, who is also working on the Michael Jackson project. Here are excerpts from that interview.
"This story about Michael firing Rodney is absolutely not true. Rodney has done 12 songs with Michael and Michael will choose some for the album. Right now, Rodney is busy with the Spice Girls project, but he will get back in the studio with Michael some time later. Anyway, Rodney is perfectioning the songs even if Michael is not there. The sound on Michael's album will be totally different from anything Rodney did before. Because Rodney is very versatile.
I think the album will be released next year. Actually, maybe this year. We're not sure."
April 6, 2000:
Ooh, Jerk's out! Very reliable sources called, e-mailed, telegrammed, faxed and floated a message-in-a-bottle to tell me
that Rodney Jerkins aka "The Darkchild" was no longer producing on Michael Jackson's upcoming return...
Sources claim Rodney was fired. But here's the real deal on the mess that messed things up for him.
See the Rodney Jerkins production team included family members, a cousin and a brother, etc. Anyway according to sources,
the cousin went and tried to shop his own solo production deal using demo material from the Michael Jackson sessions.
Word got around and got back to the BIG man and all hell could've broken loose...thank goodness it didn't.
Now the Jerkins camp claims things didn't happen quite that way but word is STILL that the Jerkins team was FIRED!
So Darkchild is out and the due date for Michael's project is probably gonna be pushed back even further.
Article by BET
April 1, 2000:
Michael Jackson has finally completed the recording of his song "I Have This Dream." The track was the longest project Michael ever worked on. It started three years ago and was mainly difficult to put together because it features a choir of famous figures of the last century.
Michael's "I Have This Dream" is a reflection on the men that changed the world.
The legal side of this project was the most complicated thing to complete. Michael's lawyers had to deal with the heirs of more than 55 politicians and artists. "The most difficult authorization to get was Elvis'" says lawyer Barry Grundman. "Strange enough, the easiest one was for the Emperor of Japan."
Michael used Sony's new synclavier Vocodor-Techno to sample the voices of the famous people from audio clips and make them sing. This new technology had already been used in the Apple computer commercial last year.
Among the great figures that Michael has listed are The Queen of England, Ghandi, Charles de Gaulle, Churchill and the Emperor of Japan.
A special video is also in the work to accompany the release of "I Have This Dream." It will feature Michael performing on stage with his amazing choir. The video will also feature a special dance number where Michael invites each politician to perform their national dance with him. He will be seen dancing the Southern Bell dance with Abraham Lincoln, the traditional French valse with Charles de Gaulle and the British gigue with Queen Victoria of England.
Of course, special effects will be used to generate the dance sequences as very few footage of the politicians while dancing exist. Source: PlanetJackson
March 1, 2000:
According to PlanetJackson, Sony Music International executives just had an important meeting where
the release date of Michael Jackson's new album was discussed and four new songs premiered.
As of now, a new schedule is on. The new album is now expected to be released by September 2000.
Michael will be finishing the record into the summer and delivering it to the record company by early June at the latest.
A first single from the album could then be released by August.
This news is not part of a promotional announcement. Release date is subject to change depending on Michael's own
February 18, 2000:
Album postponed until 2001?
Producer Rodney Jerkins gave an interview to an internet-service. One of the things Rodney Jerkins was quoted as saying was
that Michael Jackson's new album wouldn't be coming out before the end of the year and could probably be postponed until
early 2001. The fact is that there is no final release date for the new album as of now
February 5, 2000:
Producer Walter Affanasieff talked about the new Michael Jackson album:
"That guy is seriously busy; he'll be in, like, 10 different studios with 10 different people. Just getting him to come in
and finish is the thing. I'm halfway through my song with him, and I've just got to get him back in the studio."
Afanasieff says Jackson seems to recognize that the stakes are high for his first effort of the new century, which Sony hopes to have ready for release later this year
"He's got to come up with something brand-new, something people haven't heard from him," the producer explains. "He's got to stop with that little cry at the end of each sentence that he sings, each phrase. He's got to stop with that whole little finger-snapping flick of the wrist stuff. That's old. He's got to sort of reinvent himself. A few songs that I've heard, and especially the one I did, are real departures for him. That's the key; he just can't give us back what we've heard time and time again."
Walter Afanasieff also said he is working on one track for the album, a Latin-flavored song called "Fall Again."
February 4, 2000: Ian Brown heart the song which Michael Jackson recorded with Will Smith.
Brown said, that Will Smith is rapping the first three minutes, after seven minutes MJ is heart first. He called it Jackson's
best work for years.
January 21, 2000:
Michael Jackson is working on his new album once again with his long-time partner Bruce Swedien. The sound engineer recorded
Off The Wall, Thriller, Bad, Dangerous and HIStory but was not able to join MJ for Blood On The Dance Floor due
to other projects. "The Walrus" Swedien is on of the most famous engineers in business and received 3 Grammy's for
Best Sound Engineer of the year (Thriller - Bad - Dangerous). According to statments the 66-year-old Swedien is working
with his favorite artist.
January 18, 2000:Producer/Songwriter Waltar Afanasieff. The LA Times reported he is
currently writing/producing for Michael Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson, Julio Iglesias and the rock band Train.
Afanasieff, who worked with Stars like Mariah Carey, is responsible for many big hits including "My Heart Will Go On".
January 13, 2000:
Launch.com published quotes from an interview with producer Rodney Jerkins.
"I started working with him [Michael Jackson] in February. It looks like we're gonna be working this February, which will make it a year. But, it's all worth it, the whole year, because the stuff that we're doing is great, and we're gonna have a good year. It's been a while, and I think it's better that we take our time and not try to rush it, 'cause this is the most important album for him, you know, of his career."
Asked about collaborations with other artists on the album, Jerkins said: "We got one real big one up our sleeve. We're trying to make it happen. We don't know if it's gonna happen -and if we do make it happen, it's gonna be one of the biggest records ever."
January 5, 2000:Quote from Polly Anthony
Polly Anthony, President of the Epic Records Group, was interviewed by the Hollywood Reporter in December.
Polly Anthony runs and directs the activities of the Epic Group, which includes labels Epic Records, 550 Music and the Work Group.
She oversees such talents as Celine Dion, Pearl Jam, Jennifer Lopez and Michael Jackson.
Says Anthony: "I'm really excited about the new Michael Jackson album. It is a highly anticipated release and it's amazing."
The forthcoming weeks will be crucial in determining the planning for the release of Michael Jackson's new album. Essential information to be delivered soon...
December 23, 1999:
Once again, Sony Music has postponed the working release date of Michael's new album. The album tapes won't be ready by January as originally expected. The record company is now hoping to release a single by April, and the album by May or June. The King of Pop is still in New York working on new tracks. To this day, he has recorded 75 new songs for the album.
December 19, 1999:
Desmond Child, who is a famous Cuban-American writer that has been on top of the pop business for the past 25 years,
producing hit songs in divergent styles for many artists, is currently working on 2 tracks for MJ's new album. Some of Child's greatest hits as a writer/composer
are Ricky Martin's "Livin' La Vida Loca," Bon Jovi's "Livin' On A Prayer," Aerosmith's "Crazy,"
Michael Bolton's "How Can We Be Lovers" or Cher's "Just Like Jesse James," to name but a few.
12, 1999: Missy Elliott attended the 1999 MTV Europe
Music Awards in Dublin, where she also performed on with
Mariah Carey, and said in an interview that she teaches Michael
to rap. She is also working on a song with him. Note:
It is still unkown which songs will appear on the new album
28, 1999: Songwriter/Producer R. Kelly said in an
interview that he has written a song called "Cry", but
it's not sure if it will appear on the new album.
14, 1999: Sony Music and Michael Jackson have set a new
planning for the release of the album. Michael has three months
and a half to finish the recording of his new album. He is now
expected to turn in the tapes of the album on January 31st 2000
at the latest. A first single is planned for a release by the end
of February, and the album should hit the streets by late March
13, 1999: The German MJ Fanclub www.mjackson.de reported, that the two
millenium shows in Sydney and Hawaii are cancelled. Michael wants
to put all his energy in the new album and is probably preparing
for a 2000 world tour
(NOTE: MAMA Concerts made no official statment)
25, 1999: The press-conference, which was scheduled for
August 29, has been cancelled. Michael is too busy to attend, but
he doesn't want to happen a press-conference without him. There are
currently no plans to re-schedule it.
21, 1999: PlanetJackson reported that Michael Jackson is
working with HipHop Producer DJ Scratch.
12, 1999: On August 29, a press-conference is held. It's
not sure wheter Michael will attend or not. It was expected that
concert-promoter Marcel Avram (MAMA Concerts) will announce plans
for the two milleniums-concerts in Sydney and Hawaii. It is also
possible that we will hear news from the album
10, 1999: Various sources said that Will Smith recorded
a rap solo for one of Michael's songs and Boyz II Men also worked
again with MJ on songs. They also said in an interview, that MJ
is working on a song with them on their new album.