Michael Jackson hits No. 1 again with 25-year-old No. 1 song

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Twenty-five years after the release of the album "Bad," the first No. 1 single from the history-making album was re-released for the anniversary. Of course, it debuted at No. 1.

The iconic Michael Jackson wasn't known as the "King of Pop" for nothing. A quarter center after hitting No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with the song "I Can't Stop Loving You," a tune he recorded with Siedah Garrett, the legendary singer scores another No. 1 with the same song.

"I Can't Stop Loving You" topped Billboard's Hot Singles chart (which tracks the sale of physical singles -- as opposed to digital downloads) in anticipation of the September release of Bad 25, the anniversary edition of the late songmaker's hit album. A never-before-released demo of "Don't Be Messin' 'Round," found while researching Jackson's music vault in preparation for the anniversary release, was part of the single package. According to the official Michael Jackson website, the single will not be available for digital download.

"I Can't Stop Loving You," which was re-released for the 25th anniversary of the release of Bad, Jackson's 1987 follow-up to Thriller, hit No. 1 as the first of five straight chart toppers for Jackson (a feat unparalleled until Katy Perry's Teenage Dream matched it). The song was originally written as a duet to be performed with Barbra Streisand or Whitney Houston. When even Aretha Franklin couldn't make the recording session, Siedah Garrett, who had a duet hit with Dennis Edwards in 1984 ("Don't Look Any Further"), was called on to sing the female lead.

The song also topped the Billboard R&B and the Adult Contemporary singles charts.

In 1987, Bad spent six weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

During his four-decade career, Jackson posted four top charting singles with his brothers in the Jackson 5, as well as six more Top 10 songs and six Top 10 albums. As a solo artist, he scored the best selling album of all time, Thriller, notched up 14 No. 1 singles (including a duet with Paul McCartney and as part of the We Are The World ensemble) and 12 additional Top 10 songs. Along with Thriller, he scored six No. 1 albums, including This Is It, which was the hit soundtrack to the posthumous worldwide smash film of the same name.

Billboard.com also noted this week that David Guetta's "Titanium" topped the Dance/Club Party Songs chart, posting the most weeks at No. 1 in 29 years. Spending its 28th week at No. 1, it is the longest charting single since the chart began tracking the Top 50 singles. The last chart-topper to do so longer? Michael Jackson, whose Thriller album (prior to 1991, albums and bundled singles could place on the charts) spent 36 weeks at No. 1.

Bad 25 will be released on Tuesday, September 18, and will include a deluxe edition containing three CDs, two collectible booklets, and features the first ever authorized DVD release of the Wembley Stadium concert from the record breaking Bad world tour. The CDs will include the original Bad album, plus outtakes and demos from the Bad recording sessions (from which the demo "Don't Be Messin' 'Round" was taken).

(photo credit: Sjors Provoost, Creative Commons)


Submitted by Theresa B (not verified) on
Very good and postive article except for one inaccuracy. BAD25 will not be released on June 18th. It will not be released until September 18th, 2012.

Noted and corrected. It appears that my eyes were assuming something that was not actually in evidence.

Submitted by TheresaB (not verified) on
Thanks for making the correction. The very large Michael Jackson community is very excited about the BAD25 release. Again, I appreciate the great article about his amazing artist.

Submitted by Malcolm (not verified) on
It says September 18th if you would actually read the article.... By god quick to jump offensive these days

Submitted by Malcolm (not verified) on
It says September 18th if you would actually read the article.... By god quick to jump offensive these days

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Great article Norm. I predict the next Single to go No. 1 as well. I love Michael and it seems his true fans will never cease.

Submitted by Jason (not verified) on
I hope the Estate will release more Singles, instead of Albums of MJ's unreleased songs. They don't have to do "re-touches" on the never-heard songs. Even unfinished songs and demos are sure hits. MJ is THE KING!

Submitted by Malcolm (not verified) on
If Michael % Aretha sung that sung and Aretha's voice was still at her prime OMG that song would of been good. Even if Whitney sung it to it would of been amazing

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