This very special single is probably THE most sought-after piece of Michael Jackson memorabilia on the planet. The Smile single was due for release as one of the last singles from the HIStory album, but unfortunately, Sony decided to cancel this release. Some copies were retained in Sony buildings, some 12" and some cd singles. The production of this single was cancelled very early on during production, so copies of these items are very few and far between.
The item is housed in a unique and sublime black and white picture sleeve, with Michael dressed as Charlie Chaplin. This was a tribute from Michael to Charlie, and to show homage - given the fact 'Smile' was first released by Charlie Chaplin.
Late 2006 bootleg fake versions of this mega rare item came into existence. The item looks professional but when compared to an original these are the main differences:
1. On the back sleeve, the bar code is not reprinted in high quality, and some bars looks like "broken"....the original one is more and more detailed.
2. The record label is clearly a laser inkjet reprint, while the original one has different tones. The writing on the record label is not as clear as you would expect of a professional Sony release.
3. On the back cover the pics of Michael's albums "Blood On the Dancefloor" and "HIStory" are not as good quality as you would expect from an original.
4. The picture sleeve is clearer that the original one, which has a darker tone of colours...and you can see it especially in the MJ's face.