M ichael Jackson‘s “Bad” is all grown up, and getting the full deluxe treatment this Fall.
The King of Pop’s chart-topping 1987 album, which sent five songs to the summit of the Billboard Hot 100, a feat not duplicated until Katy Perry sent five the No. 1 from 2010’s “Teenage Dream,” is being re-released September 18 by Epic/Legacy Recordings as part of a 3 CD box set that will also include two commemorative booklets and the first ever DVD release of Jackson’s July 16, 1988 concert at Wembley Stadium in London in front of 72,000 fans, which formed part of his record-breaking seven night run at the venue.
Bad 25 will include one CD of the re-mastered original album, a CD of unreleased demos of classic tracks and songs not included on the album, and the audio from the Wembley show, the first live recording from the Bad tour released. The booklets will include rare and previously-unreleased photos from the album sessions and tour, original cover art, and a poster, among other things.
Epic/Legacy will be prepping a few releases building up to the on-sale date for the box set, including re-releasing the album’s first single “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” with an un-released bonus track “Don’t Be Messin’ Round” exclusively to Wal-Mart on June 5th, and following that CD single with an original vinyl re-release of the track with original B-Side “Baby Be Mine” on June 26.
“The era of BAD represented Michael’s creative ‘coming of age’ as a solo artist in charge of every aspect of his career – from recording to touring to endorsements to merchandising,” said John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of Jackson’s estate, in a statement. “The enormous success of the Bad album and tour was a pivotal moment in Michael’s growth as a composer, performer and producer cementing his role as the King of Pop. We are thrilled to celebrate such an historic era in Michael’s career with this release.”
Jackson’s BAD tour encompassed 123 dates around the world, selling 4.4 million tickets and smashing all kinds of touring records in the process. Earlier this month, Pepsi announced it would be reviving its famous Jackson marketing campaign, putting his likeness on one billion Pepsi cans, as well as releasing a series of all-star remixes by the likes of Diplo and A-Trak, among others.