Polar is Michael Jackson’s most famous album and the King of Pop said it has a downside. In an interview, the “Billie Jean” frontman said it was difficult for him to live up to the success of Polar. He also said that one of his other albums was as good as Polar, if not better.
It took a while for Michael Jackson to make one of his post-‘Thriller’ albums
Between 1972 and 1975, Jackson released four albums: I have to be there, Ben, Music & Me, and Forever, Michel. Jackson became less prolific later in life. For example, there was a six-year gap between the release of his albums HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I and Invincible. The latter was the last album of the king of pop released during his lifetime.
In an interview with ABC News, Jackson talked about taking his time to do Invincible. “It took a while because I’m never happy with the songs,” he revealed. “I’m going to write a bunch of songs, throw them away, write more. People say, ‘Are you crazy? It must be on the album. But I’ll say, ‘Is this better than this other?’ “
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The King of Pop compared “Thriller” to “Invincible”
Jackson said his previous album Polar cast a shadow over his subsequent albums. “It’s difficult because you are competing against yourself,” he said. “Invincible is just as good or better than Polar, in my humble opinion. He has more to offer. Music is what lives and lasts. Invincible was a great success. When The Nutcracker Suite was presented for the first time to the world, it totally bombed. What matters is the end of the story.
Jackson added that he was not concerned with a particular theme while he was recording. Invincible. “I never think about themes,” he revealed. “I let the music be created. I love that it is a potpourri of all kinds of sounds, all kinds of colors, something for everyone from the Irish farmer to the lady who cleans the toilets in Harlem.
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The way the world reacted to Michael Jackson’s “Invincible”
Invincible became a success. The album reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200, remaining on the charts for 28 weeks. He has produced two successful singles: the disco track “You Rock My World” and the pop ballad “Butterflies”. These songs peaked at number 10 and 14 on the Billboard Hot 100, respectively. “You Rock My World” was Jackson’s last song to reach the top 10 during the singer’s lifetime.
Invincible was also popular in the UK. The Official Charts Company reports that the album peaked at No.1 in the UK, remaining on the charts for 16 weeks. Meanwhile, “You Rock My World” peaked at No. 2 there while another track on the album, “Cry,” reached No. 25. Although not so known that Polar, Invincible seemed to connect with the audience.
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