Number Ones (Michael Jackson album)

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Number Ones
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Greatest hits album by Michael Jackson
Released November 17, 2003
Recorded 1978–2003
Genre Pop, rhythm and blues, rock, new jack swing, funk, soul
Length 78:52 (American version)
79:01 (International version)
Label Epic
Producer Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Teddy Riley, Bill Bottrell, R. Kelly, David Foster, Rodney Jerkins, Dr. Freeze, The Jacksons
Michael Jackson chronology
Love Songs
(2002)
Number Ones
(2003)
The Ultimate Collection
(2004)
Singles from Number Ones
  1. "One More Chance"
    Released: November 20, 2003
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Guardian Unlimited 4/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone (2010) 4/5 stars[3]

Number Ones is a greatest hits album by American singer Michael Jackson. It was released on November 17, 2003 by Epic Records and Sony Music. Number Ones was Jackson's first proper compilation album with Sony, after the release of HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I in 1995 (and after the re-release of that album as Greatest Hits: HIStory, Volume I a single-CD, only-hits edition in 2001). The album included Jackson singles that reportedly reached number 1 in charts around the world.

The album also features the last original single released during Jackson's lifetime,"One More Chance" on November 20, 2003.

Number Ones was successful around the world, originally reaching number 1 in the UK and number 13 in the United States. It proved to be an enduring catalog seller, eventually returning to the top spot in the UK and US charts in 2009 after Jackson's sudden death. It stayed as the number one selling album in the United States for six non consecutive weeks[4] and for twenty-seven weeks on the Top Pop Catalog Albums chart.[5] However, as a 'catalog' title, Number Ones was excluded from the Billboard 200 denying Jackson a seventh solo No. 1 album on the chart. The rules preventing titles older than 18 months to chart in the Billboard 200 were subsequently changed in the fall of 2009 due to the posthumous success of Jackson and The Beatles re-mastered re-releases.

At the 2009 American Music Awards, Number Ones claimed two awards - Favorite Rock/Pop Album and Favorite Soul/Rhythm and Blues Album.[6]

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 bonus 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 his final hit single during his lifetime. The beat-heavy ballad "One More Chance", which was written for Jackson by R. Kelly, was recorded exclusively for this collection.[7] The U.S. release also included another track, a live rendition of "Ben".

The Number Ones title is a bit of a misnomer, as "Thriller" only went to number 1 on the US Dance/Club charts (it did, however, go to number 1 in Belgium and France) and "Smooth Criminal" only went to number 1 in Belgium.

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

2009[edit]

Number Ones had already sold 1,825,000 copies in the US the week before Michael Jackson died.[8] Following Jackson's death, 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).[9] 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.[10][11] 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.[12] 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 6 weeks.[13] Number Ones was the best-selling album in the United States for 6 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.[10] Number Ones has topped Top Catalog Albums Chart for many times; recently it topped the chart for three consecutive weeks in May and June 2014.[14] As of November 8, 2014, the album has sold 5,106,357 copies in the US.[15]

In the UK, Ireland and Canada the album re-entered the UK charts at number 1 the week following Jackson's death.[13]

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 4x Platinum, shipping over 60,000 copies.[16][17]

Track listing[edit]

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

Song American CD European/
Australian/
Canadian CD
DVD DVD (Chinese Version)
"Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" 1 1 1
"Rock with You" 2 2 2 1
"Billie Jean" 3 3 3 2
"Beat It" 4 4 4 3
"Thriller" 5 5 5 4
"Human Nature" 6
"I Just Can't Stop Loving You" (featuring Siedah Garrett) 6 7
"Bad" 7 8 6 5
"Smooth Criminal" 8 11 9
"The Way You Make Me Feel" 9 9 7 6
"Man in the Mirror" 10 8 7
"Dirty Diana" 11 10 10 8
"Black or White" 12 12 11 9
"You Are Not Alone" 13 13 12 10
"Earth Song" 14 14 13 11
"Blood on the Dance Floor" 15 14
"You Rock My World" 15 16 15 12
"Break of Dawn" 16 17
"One More Chance" 17 18
"Ben (Live)" 18

International version[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" (7" edit) (from Off the Wall) Michael Jackson 3:56
2. "Rock with You" (from Off the Wall) Rod Temperton 3:40
3. "Billie Jean" (from Thriller) Michael Jackson 4:53
4. "Beat It" (from Thriller) Michael Jackson 4:17
5. "Thriller" (2003 edit) (from Thriller) Rod Temperton 5:11
6. "Human Nature" (from Thriller) Steve Porcaro, John Bettis 4:05
7. "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" (featuring Siedah Garrett) (from Bad) Michael Jackson 4:11
8. "Bad" (from Bad) Michael Jackson 4:06
9. "The Way You Make Me Feel" (from Bad) Michael Jackson 4:56
10. "Dirty Diana" (from Bad) Michael Jackson 4:40
11. "Smooth Criminal" (from Bad) Michael Jackson 4:17
12. "Black or White" (Single edit) (featuring L.T.B.) (from Dangerous) Michael Jackson; rap lyrics by Bill Bottrell 3:18
13. "You Are Not Alone" (Radio edit) (from HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I) R. Kelly 4:34
14. "Earth Song" (Radio edit) (from HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I) Michael Jackson 5:01
15. "Blood on the Dance Floor" (from Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix) Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley 4:11
16. "You Rock My World" (Radio edit) (from Invincible) Michael Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, Nora Payne 4:25
17. "Break of Dawn" (from Invincible) Dr. Freeze, Michael Jackson 5:29
18. "One More Chance" (Previously unreleased) R. Kelly 3:49

American version[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" (7" edit) (from Off the Wall) Michael Jackson 3:56
2. "Rock with You" (from Off the Wall) Rod Temperton 3:40
3. "Billie Jean" (from Thriller) Michael Jackson 4:53
4. "Beat It" (from Thriller) Michael Jackson 4:17
5. "Thriller" (2003 edit) (from Thriller) Rod Temperton 5:11
6. "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" (featuring Siedah Garrett) (from Bad) Michael Jackson 4:11
7. "Bad" (from Bad) Michael Jackson 4:06
8. "Smooth Criminal" (from Bad) Michael Jackson 4:17
9. "The Way You Make Me Feel" (from Bad) Michael Jackson 4:56
10. "Man in the Mirror" (Single edit) (from Bad) Siedah Garrett, Glen Ballard 5:03
11. "Dirty Diana" (from Bad) Michael Jackson 4:40
12. "Black or White" (Single edit) (featuring L.T.B.) (from Dangerous) Michael Jackson; rap lyrics by Bill Bottrell 3:18
13. "You Are Not Alone" (Radio edit) (from HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I) R. Kelly 4:34
14. "Earth Song" (Radio edit) (from HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I) Michael Jackson 5:01
15. "You Rock My World" (Radio edit) (from Invincible) Michael Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, Nora Payne 4:25
16. "Break of Dawn" (from Invincible) Dr. Freeze, Michael Jackson 5:29
17. "One More Chance" (Previously unreleased) R. Kelly 3:49
18. "Ben" (2003 live edit) (from The Jacksons Live!) Walter Scharf, Don Black 2:58

Chart positions[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Argentina (CAPIF)[67] 2× Platinum 80,000x
Australia (ARIA)[68] 6× Platinum 420,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[69] Gold 15,000x
Croatia (HDU)[70] Gold 7,500*
Germany (BVMI)[71] Gold 150,000^
Ireland (IRMA)[72] 5× Platinum 75,000x
Japan (RIAJ)[73] Platinum 250,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[74] Gold 50,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[75] 4× Platinum 60,000^
Russia (NFPF)[76] 2× Platinum 40,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[77] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[78] Gold 20,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[79] 7× Platinum 2,100,000^
United States (RIAA)[80] 4× Platinum 5,054,000[81]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

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Preceded by
Life for Rent by Dido
UK number one album
November 29, 2003 – December 5, 2003
Succeeded by
Turnaround by Westlife
Preceded by
West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
by Kasabian
UK number one album
June 28, 2009 – July 5, 2009
Succeeded by
The Essential Michael Jackson
by Michael Jackson
Preceded by
The E.N.D.
by The Black Eyed Peas
Canadian number one album
July 12, 2009
Succeeded by
Billy Talent III
by Billy Talent