Bad [25th Anniversary Edition] Album

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About Bad [25th Anniversary Edition]

Bad is the seventh studio album by American singer Michael Jackson. It was released on August 31, 1987 by Epic Records, nearly five years after Jackson's previous album, Thriller. Bad was written and recorded in nearly a year, and was the final collaboration between Jackson and producer Quincy Jones. Jackson co-produced the album and composed all but two tracks. Bad features appearances from Siedah Garrett and Stevie Wonder. Incorporating pop, rhythm and blues, funk and rock, Jackson experimented with new digital synthesizer technology, including FM synthesis and the Fairlight CMI and Synclavier PSMT synthesizers. The lyrical themes of Bad include media bias, paranoia, racial profiling, romance, self-improvement and world peace. Described as "the most anticipated album in history", Bad debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and also reached number one in a record-breaking 24 other countries. It sold over 2 million copies in its first week in the US, and 500,000 in its first five days in the UK. Nine songs were released as official singles, and one as a promotional single. Seven charted in the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, including a record-breaking five number ones: "I Just Can't Stop Loving You", "Bad", "The Way You Make Me Feel", "Man in the Mirror" and "Dirty Diana". The album was promoted with the film, Moonwalker (1988), which included the music videos of songs from Bad, including "Speed Demon", "Leave Me Alone", "Man in the Mirror" and "Smooth Criminal". The film became the best-selling home video of all time. Bad remained in the top five on the Billboard 200 for 38 weeks, setting a record for the longest run in the top five by an album from a male solo artist. By 1989, Bad had become the world's second-best-selling album, behind Thriller, having sold 22 million copies worldwide. It was also the best-selling album worldwide of 1988 and 1989. 


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