HIStory (Michael Jackson song)

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"HIStory"
Ghostssinglecover.jpg
Single by Michael Jackson
from the album HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I and Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix
ReleasedJuly 30, 1997
Format
Recorded1994
Genre
Length4:01 (radio edit)
6:37 (original album version)
8:00 (remix album version)
LabelEpic
Songwriter(s)Michael Jackson, James Harris III, Terry Lewis
Producer(s)Michael Jackson, James Harris III, Terry Lewis
Michael Jackson singles chronology
"Blood on the Dance Floor"
(1997)
"HIStory" / "Ghosts"
(1997)
"Is It Scary"
(1997)

"HIStory" is a 1995 song by Michael Jackson. The original version of "HIStory" was released as a track on Jackson's 1995 studio album HIStory, but was never released as a single. "HIStory" was composed by Michael Jackson, James Harris III and Terry Lewis before it was remixed by Tony Moran in 1997. The original version contained many historic audio clips and samples. The remix, which does not have the audio clips and samples, was released as part of the single release "HIStory"/"Ghosts", a double A-side single from Michael Jackson's 1997 remix album Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix, with "Ghosts" as a brand new recording.

Production[edit]

"HIStory" was originally written and composed by Michael Jackson, James Harris III and Terry Lewis in 1995.[1] It was the thirteenth track on the studio album HIStory, but was not released as a single. The song sampled multiple musical compositions and historical audio quotes, all of which were dispersed throughout the track. Early in the track, one even included quotes from an interview with a young Michael Jackson from 1970. Musical compositions sampled include "Beethoven Lives Upstairs" and "The Great Gate of Kiev" from Pictures at an Exhibition. In reissues of the album, the Pictures at an Exhibition piece was replaced by a similar improvised orchestra piece, but the original sample was used in Jackson's live performances in the HIStory Tour. Audio quotes sampled were the "Charles Lindbergh Report" by Lowell Thomas, a report on Hank Aaron, "Robert Kennedy Eulogy" by Ted Kennedy, "Farewell to Baseball" by Lou Gehrig, "Greetings to the Children of England" by Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret, quotes from Muhammad Ali, Thomas Edison, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream".[2] In 1997, Jackson issued the remix album Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix; the second single from the album would be the double A-side "HIStory"/"Ghosts". The "HIStory" portion was a Tony Moran remix of the original 1995 composition. The remix was entitled "Tony Moran's HIStory Lesson" in the album booklet.[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video that accompanied the remix opens with the scene of a woman, relaxing on a futuristic sofa, watching the music video through metallic virtual reality goggles. The video is set in a nightclub. Inside the club, televisions, monitors and walls display the history of Jackson's filmography such as "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough", "Rock with You", "Beat It", "The Way You Make Me Feel", "Man in the Mirror", "Dirty Diana", "Smooth Criminal", "Black or White", "Remember the Time", "In the Closet", "Jam", "Will You Be There", "Scream", "Earth Song", "They Don't Care About Us", "Stranger in Moscow", "Blood on the Dance Floor", scenes from his short film Ghosts, and live performances from the Bad and Dangerous tours. Wearing the goggles, the woman is led to believe she is in the nightclub too. The video ends with the woman removing the goggles.

Chart performance of HIStory/Ghosts[edit]

"HIStory/Ghosts" did generally well of music charts worldwide, having charted within the top-ten and top-twenty in multiple countries. In the Netherlands, Belgium and Sweden "HIStory/Ghosts" spent seventeen to eighteen weeks on the charts. In Australia "HIStory/Ghosts" peaked at forty-three before falling off the chart.[4][5] The single did not appear on any United States Billboard charts.[6]

Track listing[edit]

European CD maxi single
No.TitleLength
1."HIStory" (7" HIStory Lesson Edit)4:08
2."HIStory" (MARK!'s Radio Edit)4:18
3."HIStory" (MARK!'s Vocal Club Mix)9:14
4."HIStory" (The Ummah Radio Mix)5:00
5."HIStory" (The Ummah DJ Mix)3:04
6."HIStory" (The Ummah Main Acapella)4:04
7."Ghosts" (Radio Edit)3:50
Total length:33:38
UK CD 1
No.TitleLength
1."HIStory" (7" HIStory Lesson Edit)4:08
2."HIStory" (radio edit)4:01
3."Ghosts" (radio edit)3:50
4."Ghosts" (Mousse T's Club Edit)4:24
Total length:16:23
UK CD 2 (Only HIStory)
No.TitleLength
1."HIStory" (Tony Moran's HIStory Lesson)4:08
2."HIStory" (Tony Moran's HIStory Dub)7:56
3."HIStory" (MARK!'s Vocal Club Mix)9:14
4."HIStory" (The Ummah Radio Mix)5:00
5."HIStory" (The Ummah Urban Mix)4:20
Total length:33:09

UK limited edition CD maxi single

  1. "HIStory" (7" HIStory Lesson Edit) – 4:08
  2. "Ghosts" (Mousse T's Radio Rock) – 4:25
  3. "Ghosts" (Mousse T's Club Mix) – 6:03
  4. "Ghosts" (radio edit) – 3:50
  5. "HIStory" (Tony Moran's HIStory Dub) – 7:56

12" vinyl maxi

  1. "HIStory" (MARK!'s Vocal Club Mix) – 9:14
  2. "HIStory" (MARK!'s Keep Movin' Dub) – 9:23
  3. "HIStory" (The Ummah DJ Mix) – 3:04
  4. "HIStory" (The Ummah Main a Cappella) – 4:04
  5. "Ghosts" (radio edit) – 3:50

Cassette single

  1. "HIStory" (7" HIStory Lesson Edit) – 4:08
  2. "HIStory" (radio edit) – 4:04
  3. "Ghosts" (radio edit) – 3:50

European CD promo

  1. "HIStory" (7" HIStory Lesson Edit) – 4:08
  2. "Ghosts" (radio edit) – 3:50

HIStory (Mark Picchiotti Remixes) 12" promo

  1. "HIStory" (MARK!'s Phly Vocal) (Correct name: MARK!'s Vocal Club Mix) – 9:10
  2. "HIStory" (MARK!'s Future Dub) (Correct name: MARK!'s Keep Movin' Dub) – 9:16

Ghosts (Mousse T Mixes) 12" promo

  1. "Ghosts" (Mousse T's Club Mix) – 6:03
  2. "Ghosts" (Mousse T's Club Mix TV) – 6:03

Charts[edit]

All entries charts as "HIStory" / "Ghosts" except where noted.

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[7] 43
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[8] 36
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[9] 17
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[10] 10
Europe (European Hot 100)[11] 11
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[12] 16
France (SNEP)[13] 26
Hungary (Mahasz)[14] 2
Ireland (IRMA)[15] 16
Italy (Hit Parade Italia)[16]
"HIStory"
29
Italy (Hit Parade Italia)[17]
"Ghosts"
9
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[18] 16
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[19] 14
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[20] 29
Poland (LP3)[21] 28
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[22] 4
Spain (AFYVE)[23] 4
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[24] 12
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[25] 16
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[26] 5

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1997) Position
Germany (Official German Charts)[27] 58

Personnel[edit]

Tony Moran's HIStory Lesson remix

  • Written and composed Michael Jackson, James Harris III and Terry Lewis
  • Produced by Michael Jackson, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis
  • Remix by Tony Moran
  • Additional production by Tony Moran and Bob Rosa
  • Mixed by Bob Rosa
  • Engineered and programming by Tony Coluccio
  • Additional programming by Giuseppe D.
  • Vocals by Michael Jackson and Boyz II Men
  • Ending solo vocal by Leah Frazier

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Jackson, Michael. HIStory booklet. Sony BMG. p 39
  2. ^ Jackson, Michael. HIStory booklet. Sony BMG. p 50
  3. ^ Jackson, Michael. Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix booklet. Sony BMG. p 12
  4. ^ George, p. 48–50
  5. ^ "M. Jackson - HIStory/Ghosts (nummer)". www.ultratop.be. Retrieved September 14, 2008.
  6. ^ "Artist Chart History - Michael Jackson". Billboard. Archived from the original on May 6, 2008. Retrieved February 27, 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Michael Jackson – History / Ghosts". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  8. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Michael Jackson – History / Ghosts" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Michael Jackson – History / Ghosts" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  10. ^ "Ultratop.be – Michael Jackson – History / Ghosts" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  11. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles Week 31/97" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved April 30, 2019.
  12. ^ "Michael Jackson: History / Ghosts" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  13. ^ "Lescharts.com – Michael Jackson – History / Ghosts" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  14. ^ "Top 10 Hungary" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved May 6, 2018.
  15. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – History/Ghosts". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  16. ^ "Indice per Interprete: J" (in Italian). Hit Parade Italia.
  17. ^ "Indice per Interprete: J" (in Italian). Hit Parade Italia.
  18. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 32, 1997" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  19. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Michael Jackson – History / Ghosts" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  20. ^ "Charts.nz – Michael Jackson – History / Ghosts". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  21. ^ |work= Nowe Media, Polskie Radio S.A. |url= http://lp3.polskieradio.pl/notowania/?numer=816 |publisher= LP3.polskieradio.pl |accessdate= July 18, 2018}}
  22. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  23. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  24. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Michael Jackson – History / Ghosts". Singles Top 100. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  25. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Michael Jackson – History / Ghosts". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  26. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  27. ^ "Top 100 Single-Jahrescharts" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved April 17, 2018.

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