The Michael Jackson special that aired Jan. 2 on CBS will be released on DVD March 9 via Epic. Titled "The One," the hour-long retrospective program draws on highlights from throughout Jackson's stori
The Michael Jackson special that aired Jan. 2 on CBS will be released on DVD March 9 via Epic. Titled "The One," the hour-long retrospective program draws on highlights from throughout Jackson's storied career.
Among the clips included are a rendition of "Ben" on "American Bandstand," a live clip of "Rock With You" from a Japan stop on the Bad tour, Jackson's iconic performance of "Billie Jean" at the Motown 25th anniversary TV special and a run through "The Way You Make Me Feel" at the 1988 Grammys. Also featured are snippets from Jackson's music videos plus a discography.
The special was originally scheduled to run Nov. 26 in conjunction with the release of Jackson's greatest-hits disc "Number Ones," but was pulled less than a week before its scheduled premiere when the latest child molestation allegations against Jackson surfaced.
At the time, CBS cited the "gravity" of the charges leveled against the singer, though the network did reserve the right to reconsider running the special "after the due process of the legal system runs its course." In late December, Jackson granted his first interview about the charges to reporter Ed Bradley of CBS flagship news magazine "60 Minutes."
Last month, Jackson pled not guilty to nine felony counts of child molestation. His next pre-trial hearing is scheduled for Friday (Feb. 13).
In related news, March 9 will also see the release of the single-disc set "The Essential Jacksons," drawing on the group's late-career tenure on Epic. The 14-track album boasts the top-10 Billboard Hot 100 hits "Enjoy Yourself," "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)" and "State of Shock" with Mick Jagger. Also included is a live version of Michael's solo hit "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" from the sibling group's 1981 U.S. tour.