Sony UK has issued a press release about the ‘Number Ones’ album from Michael expected to be released before the end of the year. Here’s a snip from the article: [quote]Michael Jackson, is gearing up for another phenomenal release; ‘Number Ones’ -a retrospective of his national and international No.1 hits; an undeniably thrilling collection on both CD and DVD – released on 17th November. Since his first solo album was released in 1979, Jackson has amassed more than 2 dozen No.1 hits internationally, 17 of which are contained in one pristine collection for the first time. [/quote] To read the full article, click Read More >> :3pinned To comment on the info, click over to the MJ News forum. See the topic: [url=http://forum.mjeol.com/index.php?showtopic=9284]Sony UK issues press release about ‘Number Ones'[/url] [img]http://www.sonymusiceurope.com/images/flags/eng.gif[/img]Number Ones… Michael Jackson, is gearing up for another phenomenal release; ‘Number Ones’ -a retrospective of his national and international No.1 hits; an undeniably thrilling collection on both CD and DVD – released on 17th November. Since his first solo album was released in 1979, Jackson has amassed more than 2 dozen No.1 hits internationally, 17 of which are contained in one pristine collection for the first time. The CD, Number Ones begins with a track from one of Jackson’s penultimate albums, Off The Wall which was the first record by a solo artist to contain four Top Ten hits, signified the beginning of Jackson’s chart domination. But unlike many of the defining moments in 80’s pop music history, Jackson’s magic is still electrifying over twenty years later. Off The Wall was a run-a-way success, both critically and commercially, (certified 7x platinum with sales in excess of 20 million worldwide). But Jackson’s next release, 1982’s Thriller from which Number Ones culls several No.1 hits, is the largest-selling album of all time with over 60 million copies sold. From the opening chords of “Billie Jean,” with its unforgettable pounding bass line, to the wild guitar riffs that open “Beat It,” the singles from Jackson’s ultimate album are as thrilling as ever. These records were—and remain—more than just songs. They are events—the thoughts, feelings and emotions that these masterpieces conjure make them classics in every sense of the word. For an endless array of performers, these are the songs that inform and inspire. After selling more than 60 million copies of Thriller worldwide in just the first few years after it’s release, Jackson didn’t slow down. He returned, in 1987, with Bad. The first single, “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” debuted at No.1 and was followed by several chart-toppers. Over the following year, Bad set a record for the most No.1 records released from one album. Number Ones pays homage to several of those tracks, including “Bad,” “Smooth Criminal,” “Dirty Diana,” and “The Way You Make Me Feel,” as well as the aforementioned “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You.” With Bad, Jackson elevated his sound and expanded his fan base, going even deeper into hard rock and dance and simultaneously smoothing it out with adult-contemporary and R&B. Number Ones tells a fascinating story of an artist’s growth and development. And the education continues with the seminal, “Black or White,” the first single from Jackson’s 1991, “Dangerous.” “Black or White,” was not just a national No.1; the single blasted to the top of the charts in essentially every country, from Austria and Norway, to Spain and Italy. In 1995, when Jackson released “HIStory,” a two-disc set featuring one greatest hits collection and one album of new material, he ended up setting yet another record: “You Are Not Alone,” the uber-ballad, written by R.Kelly, became the first single in Billboard history to debut at No.1. Number Ones rounds out with “You Rock My World,” the mid-tempo winner that marked Jackson’s return on 2001’s Invincible. With it’s infectious beat, the track is both a tribute to Jackson’s unparalleled greatness and a prelude to what the future holds. And the future begins now. Included on Number Ones is the brand new single “One More Chance,”(written by R.Kelly) – released on November 10th – a subtle return to Jackson’s roots as a heart-wrenching balladeer. Jackson, with the help of such noted directors as John Landis, Herb Ritts, John Singleton, and Martin Scorcese, has single-handedly invigorated the world of music videos, which he has always viewed as short films. As one of the most visually influential artists of the past twenty years, it is only fitting that Jackson’s short films are also represented. The DVD, Number Ones contains fifteen short films that are easily the ultimate in videography since the invention of the art form. From the trippy, disco-flavored “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough” to the lush, epic flavor of “You Rock My World,” Jackson’s video collection is simply sublime. Look for the controversial “Man in the Mirror,” with it’s striking imagery and social commentary. Also included is “Black and White,” the first video to use the morphing technique that is so popular today. And of course, there are all of the amazing dance sequences, of which Jackson is the pioneer. The “West Side Story” tribute in “Beat It”; the hardcore hip-hop inspired choreography in “Bad,” and the amazing precision and technique showcased on “Smooth Criminal” and Thriller.” With exclusive bonus tracks, and Jackson’s newest material, Number Ones is without question, a can’t-miss acquisition for any and every music collection. For the discerning Jackson fan and pop music aficionado, four limited edition covers of Number Ones have been commissioned. Each cover portrays Jackson, during four different eras, in a signature pose, including the glittered-socks and one-glove days of Thriller, and his often-duplicated tip-toe move, the four limited-edition Jackson covers are each as special as the music contained within. It is more than just a collection of greatest hits; it is a timeline, a history lesson, a journey, an escapade, and a cacophony of rich, textured, vibrant sounds. It is a lifetime of music. And at the same time, Number Ones ushers in a new era for Jackson’s unmatchable accomplishments. Tracklisting: 1 Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough (7″ Single Edit) 3:55 (Off The Wall) 2 Rock With You (Album Version) 3:38 (Off The Wall) 3 Billie Jean (Album Version) 4:52 (Thriller) 4 Beat It (Album Version) 4:17 (Thriller) 5 Thriller (Single Edit) 5:18 (Thriller) 6 Human Nature (Album Version 4:05 (Thriller) 7 I Just Can’t Stop Loving You (Album Version) 4:13 (Bad) 8 Bad (Album Version) 4:07 (Bad) 9 The Way You Make Me Feel (Album Version) 4:57 (Bad) 10 Dirty Diana (Album Version) 4:41 (Bad) 11 Smooth Criminal (Album Version) 4:16 (Bad) 12 Black Or White (Single Edit) 3:22 (Dangerous) 13 You Are Not Alone (Radio Edit) 4:29 (HIStory) 14 Earth Song (Radio Edit) 4:58 (HIStory) 15 Blood On The Dance Floor (Album Version) 4:13 (Blood On The Dance Floor) 16 You Rock My World (Radio Edit) 4:25 (Invincible) 17 Break Of Dawn (Album Version) 5:32 (Invincible) 18 One More Chance (Album Version) 3:50 (single – 10th November) Source: [url=http://www.sonymusic.co.uk/uk/artist.php?id=5542&lang=eng&ze=nbm]http://www.sonymusic.co.uk/uk/artist.php?i…lang=eng&ze=nbm[/url]

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