On July 24, 1985 it was announced that Michael Jackson will
star in a 3-D science-fiction musical film, "Captain EO",
to be shown exclusively at Disneyland and Disney World.
EO' came about because the Disney Studios wanted me to come
up with a new ride for the parks." "I flew up to San Francisco a couple of times to visit
George at his place, Skywalker Ranch, and gradually we came
up with a scenario for a short film that would incorporate
every recent advance in 3-D technology. 'Captain EO' would
look and feel like the audience was in a space-ship, along
for the ride."
than a year after this first announcement, "Captain
EO" ( "EO" is Greek for "dawn"), Michael's 17 minute
space fantasy 3-D movie, premièred on September 12,
1986 at Epcot Center in Disney World, Florida. The
film, directed by Francis Ford Coppola ( "Dracula")
and produced by George Lucas ("Star Wars"), becomes
(and up to today still is) the most expensive film
-"minute-for-minute" - ever made. (Estimated costs
for the 17 minute film - US$ 30 million).
stars in the title role alongside Anjelica Huston, and
two new songs by Michael were featured: "Another Part
Of Me" and "We Are Here To Change The World".After its première at Disney World Florida, the 3-D
movie was shown at all 4 Disney Theme Parks (Florida,
California, Japan, France) with tremendous success and
became one of the main attractions of the parks. "Working
on 'Captain EO' reinforced all the positive feelings
I've had about working in film and made me realize more
than ever that movies are where my future path probably
lies", Michael says later.
4 months before the première of "Captain EO", Michael
made history again. On March 12, 1986 a press conference
announced the new Pepsi-Cola contract with Michael Jackson.
Michael enters The Guinness Book Of World Records and
is acknowledged by them as having the largest endorsement
agreement in history between an individual and a major
corporation (Pepsi-Cola). A record of US$ 15 million
"We Are The World", Michael decided to retreat from
public view. For 2 1/2 years he devoted most of his
time to recording the follow-up to "Thriller", the album
that came to be titled "Bad". Michael: "Why did it take so long to make 'Bad'?
The answer is that Quincy and I decided that this album
should be as close to perfect as humanly possible."
The album, produced by Quincy Jones and co-produced
by Michael, features a duet with Stevie Wonder, a duet
with Siedah Garrett and other great musicians such as
Greg Phillinganes, Steve Porcaro, David Paich, Paulinho
da Costa, Steve Stevens to name but a few. Finally, on August 31, 1987 the album "Bad" was released
worldwide (except in England, where August 31 is a bank
holiday) with copies leaving the record shops faster
than assistants could fill the shelves.
Tower Records in London sold 200 copies in the first
hour of trading while CBS (Epic) estimated that some
150'000 copies would be sold at the end of the first
day's trading. In Amercia, fans stood in line outside
shops from New York to Los Angeles and extra staff was
hired to cope with the demand.
The album entered the US Pop and Black album charts
at number one, holding its position for 6 and 18 weeks
respectively and remained on the Pop charts for 87 weeks,
38 of which were spent in the Top 5. This broke a record
of 26 weeks in the Top 5 set by The Eagles' "Hotel California".
In Britain, "Bad" hold the number one position for 5
weeks and remained on the charts for 109 weeks consecutively.
The album becomes a tremendous success and yes, Michael
made history with it again: "Bad" became the second
biggest-selling album ever. Michael: "It's very hard to create something when
you feel like you're in competition with yourself because
no matter how you look at it, people are always going
to compare "Bad" to "Thriller". You can always say,
'Aw, forget 'Thriller',' but no one ever will!"
September 12, 1987 Michael kicked off his first ever
solo tour at the Korakuen-Stadium (meanwhile known as
Tokyo Dome) in Tokyo, Japan.
Michael had invited the magicians Siegfried and Roy
to create illusions for his "Bad" tour and, in return,
wrote a special number, "Mind Is The Magic", to open
their show at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas.
Siegfried and Roy are Las Vegas' number one entertainment
attraction and since its opening in 1981, their spectacular
illusion show has never played to a single empty seat!
March 1, 1988 the new four Pepsi ads with Michael were previewed
at a specially arranged Press Conference. One day later, during
the 30th Annual Grammy Awards telecast, the innovative Pepsi
commercials by Michael premièred.
The commercials were so popular, they were requested specifically
by Soviet officials to be aired on Soviet television. They
were the first American ads to air in the Soviet Union, and
were seen by an estimated 150 million Soviets.
On April 20, 1988 "Moonwalk", Michael Jackson's long-awaited
autobiography, which had been edited by Jacqueline Onassis,
was published by Doubleday.
The book is a memorable journey to the very heart and
soul of a modern musical genius. At the age of 29, Michael
could look back to 24 years stage experience.
2 weeks, "Moonwalk" was top of the Best Sellers List
in Britain with the first 70'000 print run having sold
out. A reprint of 12'500 was ordered, followed by a
second reprint of 30'500 a week later.
In America, "Moonwalk" entered the Best Sellers' Lists
of the "Los Angeles Times" at number one and the "New
York Times" at number 2, moving up to the number one
position in its second week on the chart. These two
book charts are considered the most important in the
publishing industry. Within a few months, it was announced
that "Moonwalk" had sold in excess of 450'000 copies
in 14 countries around the world.
"Moonwalk" is dedicated to one of Michael's all-time
idols, the late, great Fred Astaire.
In "Moonwalk" Michael talks openly about his youth,
his family, his first love, plastic surgery, and his
wholly exceptional career and the often bizarre and
unfair rumors that have surrounded it.
Michael: "When I first became well known, I had a
lot of baby fat and a very round, chubby face. That
roundness stayed with me until several years ago when
I changed my diet and stopped eating beef, chicken,
pork, and fish, as well as certain fattening foods.
I just wanted to look better, live better, and be healthier.
Gradually, as I lost weight, my face took on its present
shape and the press started accusing me of surgically
altering my appearance, beyond the nose job I freely
admitted I had, like many performers and film stars.
They would take an old picture from adolescence or high
school, and compare it to a current photograph. In an
old picture my face would be round and pudgy. I'd have
an Afro, and the picture would be badly lit. The new
picture would show a much older, more mature face. I've
got a different hairstyle and a different nose. Also,
the photographer's lightning is excellent in the recent
photographs. It's really not fair to make such comparisons.
I'd like to set the record straight right now. I
have never had my cheeks altered or my eyes altered.
I have not had my lips thinned, nor have I had dermabrasion
or a skin peel. All of these charges are ridiculous.
If they were true, I would say so, but they aren't.
I have had my nose altered twice and I recently added
a cleft to my chin (which today is not really seen as
"plastic surgery"), but that is it. Period. I don't
care what anyone else says - it's my face and I know!"
May of 1988, Michael moved out of Hayvenhurst, the family's
Encino home, to his recently purchased ranch in the
Santa Ynez Valley about 100 miles north of Los Angeles.
The 2'700 acre "Sycamore Valley Ranch" was soon renamed
"Neverland Valley Ranch" from Michael's favorite book,
"Peter Pan", the boy from Never Never Land.
May 18, 1988 "Moonwalker", Michael's first movie in
which he plays the leading role, was previewed at the
"Cannes Film Festival" in the South of France. The movie
is scheduled for a Christmas release.
With "Dirty Diana" reaching the number one position
on July 2, 1988 Michael became the first artist to have
5 number one hits from one album ("Bad"). No one else
had achieved this before!
Michael is featured in The Guinness Book of World Records
as the artist with the most number one hits in the 80's
- no other artist (male and female) has had more number
one hits in the 80's than the King of Pop!!!
In late October of 1988, "Moonwalker" made its debut
in Japanese theatres. And finally on December 26, the
movie was released in Europe. Although, "Moonwalker"
received mixed critics, it was a success in both Japan
and Europe. In Britain and France, it was reported that
people were standing in line in front of the movie theatres.
then-manager Frank Dileo decided not to release "Moonwalker"
in the US movie theatres. On January 10, 1989 "Moonwalker"
was released on video in America. In just over one month,
it sold 600'000 units in the States. And this was just
the beginning. "Moonwalker" debuted at number one on Billboard's Top
Music Video Cassette chart and stayed there for 22 weeks
before being replaced by himself, with "Michael Jackson:
The Legend Continues".
On January 24, 1989 after only 2 weeks on release, "Moonwalker"
is reported to have outsold "The Making of Michael Jackson's
Thriller". With this, Michael broke his own record,
pushing "The Making of Michael Jackson's Thriller" to
the second position. Up to today, "Moonwalker" is the
biggest-selling music video of all time followed by
"The Making of Michael Jackson's Thriller" as the second
biggest-selling music video of all time. With this, Michael made history again. He holds the
top 2 positions for the most selling music videos of
Also, on January 27, 1989 Michael played the 123rd and
final show of the "Bad" tour at the Los Angeles Sports
"Bad" tour broke all existing records and became the
biggest tour ever done up to that date. The "Bad" World
Tour attendance figures total 4.4 million, making Michael's
16 month tour (September 12, 1987 - January 27, 1989),
which played in 15 countries, the largest in history.
The tour became also the highest grossing concert tour,
grossing over US$ 125 million, more than any other entertainer
has ever grossed on a single tour. Michael
will break his "tour records" a couple years later.
During his European leg of the "Bad" tour, Michael was earning
UK£ 3'425 a minute. Michael had negotiated a deal worth UK£
20 million, of which he received 90% of the preceeds from
all concerts. After paying his entourage of 140, he was left
with profits of around UK£ 400'000 per show.
On February 14, 1989 it was announced that Michael and
his manager Frank Dileo, were to part company. No real
reason was given for the abrupt split, leaving the media
to speculate about possible causes, suggesting that
Dileo was trying to be bigger than Michael, that his
managing technique was too flamboyant and that he tried
to promote him as a wacky person. Dileo managed Michael's career from March 20, 1984 to
February 14, 1989.
July 28, 1989 Michael became the newest claymation member
of the Raisin Family by appearing in their new TV commercial
called "Michael Raisin". Michael's speaking voice is
used in the ads, but his singing voice on the song "I
Heard It Through The Grapevine" couldn't be used because
of his exclusive contract with Pepsi. Michael agreed
to lend his image to the commercial after working with
the claymation creator on "Moonwalker".
September 13, 1989 a press conference was held to announce
Michael's new endorsement deal with "L.A. Gear". The
two year deal called for Michael to design and market
a line of sportsshoes and sportswear as well as appear
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