Aim For The 'Numbers'
Michael Jackson's biggest hits have been collected for Epic's "Number Ones," an 18-track CD or 15-track DVD. The album includes a brand new single, "One More Chance," penned by R. Kelly. An hour-long CBS special will air Nov. 26 and feature videos from "Number Ones" and career highlights.
Four limited-edition covers have been created for the releases, which mirror recent collections of chart-toppers by the Beatles and Elvis Presley. Although his increasingly bizarre personal life has, in recent years, overshadowed his musical achievements, few could dispute that Jackson has earned his title as the "King of Pop." He has released the second best-selling album of all time ("Thriller"), countless hit singles and conquered the video world with a series of elaborate, envelope-pushing clips.
It is unknown what criteria Epic used in determining a "number one," as some of these tracks did not reach the top of any Billboard chart. Regardless, save for "Thriller," "Smooth Criminal," "You Rock My World" and "Break of Dawn," all of the previously released tracks did hit No. 1 on either the Billboard Hot 100 or the U.K. singles chart. The new album also repeats 10 songs that were on the 2001 album "Greatest Hits: HIStory Volume 1." The DVD compiles videos for most of the hits.
Jackson has publicly feuded with Epic parent Sony Music since the release of his 2001 studio album, "Invincible," which debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 but sold a disappointing 2.1 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.