Scream (Michael Jackson album)

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Scream
Michael Jackson Scream Album Cover.png
Compilation album by Michael Jackson
Released September 29, 2017
Recorded 1980–2014
Length 69:25
Label Epic
Producer
Michael Jackson chronology
Xscape
(2014)Xscape2014
Scream
(2017)
Singles from Scream
  1. "Blood on the Dance Floor x Dangerous (The White Panda Mash-Up)"
    Released: September 6, 2017

Scream is a compilation album[1] by American singer Michael Jackson, released on September 29, 2017.[2][3] The album compiles songs around a Halloween theme.

Background[edit]

A 17-second teaser was released on Michael Jackson's official Facebook page and YouTube Vevo page[4] on September 6, 2017, just after a 3D version of the 1983 "Thriller" short film premiered in Venice, Italy. Later that day, the album was classified as a "Halloween album" with mysterious theme songs.[5][6][7][8][9] The track "Blood on the Dance Floor x Dangerous (The White Panda Mash-up)" became available for purchase in digital format. Another track, "Thriller (Steve Aoki Midnight Hour Remix)" was also released digitally on September 29. However, this remix was not included on the album.

Critical reception[edit]

The album received mixed reviews with most reviews criticizing the album's tracklist. Joel Garcia from Evo News highlighted the fact that a few songs actually are Halloween-related, while other songs ("Leave Me Alone", "Scream", "Unbreakable", among others) have little to nothing to do with the theme of the album: "[The rest of the songs] are instead about either failed relationships or Jackson’s thoughts on the media."[10] On a similar note, Dan Weiss from Consequence of Sound questioned the inclusion of said songs, but he praised the inclusion of lesser-known tracks (including "Somebody's Watching Me").[11]

Commercial performance[edit]

It debuted at number 28 in France,[12] selling 3,300 units.[13] In the United States, it debuted with 14,000 units, including 11,000 from pure album sales, in its first week of release, charting at number 33 on the Billboard 200.[14]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."This Place Hotel" (a.k.a. "Heartbreak Hotel") (The Jacksons) (from Triumph, 1980)Michael Jackson5:43
2."Thriller" (from Thriller, 1982)Rod Temperton5:58
3."Blood on the Dance Floor" (from Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix, 1997)Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley4:13
4."Somebody's Watching Me" (Rockwell) (from Somebody's Watching Me, 1984)Kennedy Gordy3:57
5."Dirty Diana" (from Bad, 1987)Michael Jackson4:40
6."Torture" (The Jacksons) (from Victory, 1984)Jackie Jackson, Kathleen Wakefield4:53
7."Leave Me Alone" (from Bad, 1987)Michael Jackson4:39
8."Scream" (duet with Janet Jackson) (from HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I, 1995)Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, James Harris III, Terry Lewis4:37
9."Dangerous" (from Dangerous, 1991)Michael Jackson, Bill Bottrell, Teddy Riley6:58
10."Unbreakable" (featuring The Notorious B.I.G.) (from Invincible, 2001)Michael Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, Nora Payne, Robert Smith, Christopher Wallace6:25
11."Xscape" (from Xscape, 2014)Michael Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels4:05
12."Threatened" (from Invincible, 2001)Michael Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels4:19
13."Ghosts" (from Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix, 1997)Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley5:13
14."Blood on the Dance Floor x Dangerous (The White Panda Mash-Up)"Michael Jackson, Bill Bottrell, Teddy Riley, James Harris III, Terry Lewis3:38
Total length:69:25

Charts[edit]

Weekly[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[15] 14
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[16] 50
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[17] 9
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[18] 18
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[19] 69
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[20] 35
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[21] 30
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[22] 37
French Albums (SNEP)[23] 16
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[24] 22
Irish Albums (IRMA)[25] 45
Italian Albums (FIMI)[26] 38
Mexican Albums (AMPROFON)[27] 20
New Zealand Heatseeker Albums (RMNZ)[28] 1
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[29] 23
Scottish Albums (OCC)[30] 16
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[31] 9
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[32] 34
UK Albums (OCC)[33] 9
US Billboard 200[34] 33
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[35] 20

Year-end[edit]

Chart (2017) Position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[36] 148
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[37] 177

References[edit]

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  5. ^ "Michael Jackson new compilation album SCREAM to be released this month". NME. September 6, 2017. Retrieved September 8, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Michael Jackson's New Scream Album Is a Halloween-Themed Compilation". Spin. September 6, 2017. Retrieved September 8, 2017. 
  7. ^ CNN, Lisa Respers France. "There's a new Michael Jackson album coming, just in time for Halloween". CNN. Retrieved September 8, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Michael Jackson album is to be released with just ONE new track". Mail Online. Retrieved September 8, 2017. 
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