Number Ones (Michael Jackson album)

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Number Ones
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Greatest hits album by
ReleasedNovember 18, 2003 (2003-11-18)
Recorded1978–2003
GenrePop
Length78:52 (US version)
79:01 (International version)
Label
Producer
Michael Jackson chronology
Love Songs
(2002)
Number Ones
(2003)
The Ultimate Collection
(2004)
Singles from Number Ones
  1. "One More Chance"
    Released: November 22, 2003[1]
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[2]
Guardian Unlimited[3]
Rolling Stone (2010)[4]

Number Ones is a greatest hits album by American singer Michael Jackson. It was released on November 18, 2003, by Epic Records.[5] Number Ones was Jackson's first proper compilation album with Epic Records, after the release of the first disc of HIStory in 1995 (and after the re-release of that disc as a single album titled Greatest Hits: HIStory, Volume I in 2001). The album included Jackson's singles that reportedly reached number 1 in charts around the world, hence the album's name. Number Ones also features the last original single released during Jackson's lifetime, "One More Chance", released two days after the release of the album.

Number Ones was successful around the world, originally reaching number one in the UK among other countries. The album eventually returned to the top spot in the UK and reached number one on the US charts after Jackson's sudden death in 2009, staying as the number one selling album in the United States for six non-consecutive weeks and for twenty-seven weeks on the Top Pop Catalog Albums chart. However, as a 'catalog' title, initially Number Ones was excluded from the Billboard 200 denying Jackson a seventh solo number one album on the chart. The rules preventing titles older than 18 months to chart on the Billboard 200 were subsequently changed in the fall of 2009 due to the posthumous success of Jackson, as well as The Beatles re-mastered re-releases.

With Number Ones, Jackson was the first artist to sell more than one million downloads in one week. The album was also the third best-selling album of 2009 in the United States according to Nielsen Soundscan and ninth best-selling worldwide according to IFPI.[6][7] By 2021, Number Ones was certified 5× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). At the 2009 American Music Awards, it won two awards - Favorite Pop/Rock Album and Favorite Soul/R&B Album. One of the best-selling albums of the 21st century, the compilation managed to sell over 10 million copies worldwide.[8]

Background[edit]

In 2003, Sony released Number Ones, which was different from Greatest Hits: HIStory, Volume I in several ways. The latter sold over 5 million copies, comprised fifteen singles (fourteen of them Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 hits): three from Off the Wall, five from Thriller, four from Bad and three from Dangerous. The versions of those songs were included exactly as they appeared on the original albums, whereas Number Ones included radio edits, single versions, and new edits. Number Ones also offered singles from the second disc of HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I, plus the title track from Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix and "You Rock My World", the hit single from Invincible. The album also included two other tracks: "Break of Dawn" (a song from Invincible that Jackson planned to release as a single) and the new, previously unreleased single, "One More Chance", which became the final hit single during his lifetime. The beat-heavy ballad "One More Chance", which was written for Jackson by R. Kelly, was recorded for this collection.[9] The U.S. release also included another track, a live rendition of "Ben".

There were four covers for the Number Ones album: a pose from the "Bad" music video, a pose from the "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" music video, a pose where he is suspended on his toes while performing "Billie Jean", and the final cover shows him holding his signature fedora, in the midst of a kick (from "Black or White").

Impact of album after death[edit]

Number Ones had already sold 1,825,000 copies in the US the week Jackson died.[10] Following Jackson's death on June 25, the album sold 108,000 units in the US on the chart week ending July 1, 2009 and was the biggest-selling album of the week, though only one quarter of Jackson's entire US album sales recorded that week, shifting just under 425,000 albums and 2.6 million digital singles (more than 50 times of all the combined digital single sales of the previous week and making Jackson the first artist to sell more than one million downloads in one week).[11] The following week it remained the biggest selling album shifting its largest one-week sales since being release in 2003 with 350,000 copies sold, as Jackson's overall album sales tally swelled to 1.1 million for the week.[12][13] Number Ones was 2009's third biggest-selling album according to SoundScan, behind Susan Boyle's I Dreamed a Dream and Taylor Swift's Fearless.[14] Although the best selling album for three weeks in a row, the record was not allowed to chart on the Billboard 200 due to (now defunct) rules, but entered the Comprehensive Chart at number 1 where it remained for six weeks.[15] Number Ones was the best-selling album in the United States for six consecutive weeks amassing sales of 2.36 million by the end of 2009. The Billboard Catalog chart also allowed Number Ones to chart, where it led Jackson in occupying the entire top 12 positions on the chart.[12] Number Ones has topped Top Catalog Albums Chart several times; most recently for three consecutive weeks in May and June 2014.[16] As of July 29, 2016, the album has sold over 5.3 million copies in the US.[17][18] Number Ones is Jackson’s best-selling hits package in the Nielsen era (1991-present), and third-biggest seller overall in that period (behind Thriller, with 6.7 million, and Dangerous, with 6.5 million).[18]

In the UK, Ireland and Canada, the album re-entered the UK charts at number 1 the week following Jackson's death.[15]

In New Zealand, Number Ones re-entered the chart following Jackson's death at number 38, climbing to number 4 the following week. It then reached number 1 the next week; the album was also certified 4× Platinum, shipping over 60,000 copies.[19][20]

Track listing[edit]

The songs included on each international version and format are summarised below, sortable using the position within an edition.

Song North American/
South American (in some countries)/
Asian (in some countries) CD
European/
Australian/
Canadian/
South American (in some countries)/
Japanese/
Asian (in some countries) CD
DVD DVD (Chinese Version) Countries in which song was number one
"Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" (European 7” version) 1 1 1 United StatesNew ZealandAustraliaDenmarkRepublic of IrelandNorwaySouth Africa
"Rock with You" (album version #2 - 7” remix) 2 2 2 1 United StatesSpain
"Billie Jean" 3 3 3 2 United StatesCanadaSpainFranceSwitzerlandUnited KingdomBelgiumRepublic of Ireland
"Beat It" 4 4 4 3 United StatesCanadaNew ZealandNetherlandsSpainBelgium
"Thriller" (remixed short version with rap) 5 5 5 4 FranceSpainBelgium
"Human Nature" 6 Canada
"I Just Can't Stop Loving You" (featuring Siedah Garrett) 6 7 United StatesNetherlandsNew ZealandUnited KingdomBelgiumRepublic of IrelandNorwayZimbabwe
"Bad" (7” single mix) 7 8 6 5 United StatesNetherlandsNew ZealandSpainBelgiumRepublic of IrelandNorway
"Smooth Criminal" (album version #3 - radio edit) 8 11 9 NetherlandsSpainBelgiumIceland
"The Way You Make Me Feel" (album version #2) 9 9 7 6 United StatesSpainRepublic of Ireland
"Man in the Mirror" (single edit) 10 8 7 United States
"Dirty Diana" (single edit) 11 10 10 8 United StatesSpainBelgium
"Black or White" (album version without spoken intro)[21] 12 12 11 9 United StatesAustraliaCanadaFranceNew ZealandSpainSwitzerlandUnited KingdomBelgiumAustriaCubaDenmarkFinlandGreeceRepublic of IrelandIsraelItalyJapanMexicoNorwayPolandSwedenTurkeyZimbabwe
"You Are Not Alone" (single edit) 13 13 12 10 United States FranceNew ZealandSpainSwitzerlandUnited KingdomBelgiumRepublic of IrelandPolandRomania
"Earth Song" (single edit) 14 14 13 11 GermanySpainSwitzerlandUnited KingdomIceland
"Blood on the Dance Floor" 15 14 New ZealandSpainUnited KingdomDenmark
"You Rock My World" (single edit) 15 16 15 12 FranceSpainPolandPortugalRomaniaSouth Africa
"Break of Dawn" 16 17
"One More Chance" 17 18
"Ben (Live)" 18 United StatesAustralia

Charts[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[83] Platinum 40,000^
Australia (ARIA)[84] 6× Platinum 420,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[85] Gold 15,000*
Germany (BVMI)[86] Gold 100,000^
Ireland (IRMA)[87] 5× Platinum 75,000^
Italy (FIMI)[88]
sales since 2009
Gold 25,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[89] Platinum 250,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[90] Gold 50,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[91] 4× Platinum 60,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[92] Platinum 20,000double-dagger
Russia (NFPF)[93] Platinum 20,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[94] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[95] Gold 20,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[96] 10× Platinum 3,000,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[97] 5× Platinum 5,300,000[18]
Summaries
Worldwide 10,000,000[8]

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

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