Michael Jackson's 'Hollywood' Video Debuts, Fans to Star in 'Behind the Mask'
Michael Jackson will long be remembered for his eye-popping music videos, and two tracks from his posthumous album, "Michael," will once again offer innovative visual pairings to the King of Pop's music. A short film for "Hollywood Tonight" was released today (Mar. 10), while "Behind The Mask" lets Jackson fans become part of the video by filming themselves performing signature MJ moves.
The Wayne Isham-directed video for "Hollywood Tonight" finds dancer Sofia Boutella acting out the song's cautionary tale: as Jackson sings about the perils of "heading for the big time," Boutella's aspiring dancer transitions from breakneck moves to kicking back liquor shots and performing on the stripper pole. The character eventually has an emotional moment next to Jackson's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and recaptures her passion for dancing.
Video: Michael Jackson, "Hollywood Tonight"
Meanwhile, the video for "Behind the Mask" will be "the most epic, international, and crowdsourced Michael Jackson video of all time," according to a website which allows fans to film themselves acting out storyboards and playing different roles in the clip. Users can film themselves singing along to the song, mimicking Jackson's dance moves, playing in his backing band or appearing as enthusiastic audience members or extras.
The short film for "Hollywood Tonight" and interactive clip for "Behind the Mask" follow the December premiere of the music video for "Hold My Hand," the Akon-assisted first single from "Michael." The 10-track disc has sold 479,000 U.S. copies since Epic released the album on Dec. 14, according to Nielsen SoundScan.