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Bad is the seventh studio album by American singer Michael Jackson. It was released on August 31, by Epic Records , nearly five years after Jackson's previous album, Thriller. Bad was written and recorded in nearly a year, and was the final collaboration between Jackson and producer Quincy Jones. Jackson co-produced it and composed all but two tracks.
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It was released by Epic Records on September 7, , as the second single from Jackson's third major-label and seventh studio album of the same name. The song was written and composed by Jackson, and produced by Quincy Jones and Jackson. Jackson stated that the song was influenced by a real-life story he had read about, of a young man who tried to escape poverty by attending private school but ended up being killed when he returned home. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot , and remained there for two weeks, becoming the album's second number-one single, and Jackson's eighth number one entry on the chart. Internationally, the song was also commercially successful, charting at the top of the charts in seven other countries including Ireland, Italy, Norway, Spain and the Netherlands as well as charting in the top ten in Australia, Austria, France, Germany, New Zealand, Switzerland, Sweden and the United Kingdom. It was directed by Martin Scorsese and co-starred Wesley Snipes in one of his first appearances. The video, inspired in part by the film West Side Story , which shows Jackson and a group of gangsters portraying a street gang dancing in a subway station, set at the Hoyt—Schermerhorn Streets station. It has been praised by critics as one of the most iconic and greatest videos of all time; Jackson's outfit has been recognized as an influence on fashion. Following Jackson's death in June , American lawyer and politician Letitia James , of the New York City Council , was vocal about wanting the agency to rename or co-name the Hoyt—Schermerhorn Streets station or to hang a plaque at the station in Jackson's honor, however, her request was denied by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority due to subway stations in the MTA system not being allowed to be named or co-named after individuals mostly because it could confuse riders. Michael Jackson wrote and recorded "Bad" in
The story of how the landmark album, which just turned 25 and will soon be re-released in a three-disc set, was forged by the "Wacko Jacko" backlash against the pop star. The next year, however, besides a brief appearance in "We Are the World," he was nowhere to be seen. Jackson was said to be a recluse "in hiding" and made few public appearances. In his absence came a flood of fantastical stories about shrines, hyperbaric chambers, and Elephant Man's bones. Most of these were harmless and actually amused Jackson , but there was a darker side to the media backlash. Jackson had become the most powerful African American in the history of the entertainment industry.