Jackson is interviewed by ABC about his life and his 50th birthday.
I am still looking forward to doing a lot of great things, so that’s hard. I think the best is yet to come, in my true humble opinion.
Jackson is interviewed by ABC about his life and his 50th birthday.
I am still looking forward to doing a lot of great things, so that’s hard. I think the best is yet to come, in my true humble opinion.
In an interview with ABC News, Rowe reveals for the first time why she had Jackson’s children.
I believe there are people who should be parents, and he’s one of them. And he is such a fabulous man, and such a good friend, and he’s always been there for me, always, from the day I met him,
Access Hollywood interviews Jackson in Ireland, talking about how he works in the studio making music.
I like to take sounds and put them on the microscope, and talk about how we want to manipulate the character of it.
They also talk about revisiting Thriller, DVD’s, remix, web saturation, and how with over 100,000,000 copies sold globally, so much could be done.
No, I haven’t really thought about it in that way. I would give it more thought. We haven’t really discussed it yet on that level, but I’m sure at some point we will, but it’s a great thought.
Jackson is audio interviewed by Jesse Jackson. He talks about his roots in the industry during his time starting with Motown and who discovered him.
In complete truth it was Gladys Knight and a guy named Bobby Taylor…Berry Gordy wasn’t interested at first but eventually he loved us and wanted to sign us.
Jackson is interviewed by his friend Ratner. They talk about what motivated Jackson to become a visionary, his first break into the music industry, the showtunes and albums that Jackson likes and dislikes. He also discusses how pioneers like Stevie Wonder, Jackie Wilson, the BeeGees, James Brown and Berry Gordy all pushed him to want to write his hits like Billie Jean, Beat It and Wanna Be Starting Down.
I want to work everyday. Just the idea of creating worlds. It’s like taking a canvas, an empty canvas you know, a clean slate and you paint. You just color and paint, you create worlds. I just love that idea. Anything and to have people see it and they’re awe inspired after they see it.
Jackson is interviewed by his friend Ratner. They talk about how Jackson would be inspired by the pioneer dancers such as Jackie Wilson and James Brown at the Apollo, his love of the sixties era. He also leaves a very profound message for all emerging artists to believe in theirselves as they pursue their dreams.
James Brown and Jackie Wilson made me cry. I never seen nothing like that. That kind of fever feeling, it was like on another higher spiritual plain. They were like in a trance and they had the audience in the palm of their hand. I just love how they could control them like that.
Jackson is interviewed by Rita Cosby in New York. They talk about the exploitation of artists who face racism with Sony president, Tommy Mattola, Jackson’s financial situation, his anger over how the media is sold over bad news rather than positive stories. Jackson also highlights how Reverend Al Sharpton’s impact on representing African Americans artists in the music industry.
I think it’s important to be here. I’m not just fighting for myself I’m fighting for all artists. Some great artists who’ve pioneered the entertainment business as well as songwriting as well as incredible staging. But the fact that they have been taken by the system. Totally broken financially and this has to stop it’s a conspiracy.
Jackson is audio interviewed by Anthony Decurtis and talks about the creation of the You Rock My World video, the inspiration to create Ghosts with a comical edge, the Guinness Book of World records recognition and what inspires him to create original music. He also talks about how important it is to be an innovator and pioneer as an artist.
I kinda parallel it to a, uh, you know… It’s like the gestation process of, uh, birth. You know, it’s a… You know, it’s like having children, and having to raise them and bring them out into the world, and once they get into the world they’re on their own. So, it’s, it’s, very exciting. I mean, you never get too used to it, ever. It’s, uh, an incredible process. But you leave it in the hands of God, like you do when you’re having a child.
Jackson is asked by Winfrey, what it’s like working with Quincy Jones.
He’s very professional, very talented and he’s a musical visionary, and he’s been around, as you know, a very long time.
Jackson is interviewed by Oprah Winfrey about the controversy surrounding the reason his skin is lighter than it was when he was a child, his struggle with vitiligo and how he is hurting over the false claims that he is not happy with who he is—an African American man.
Okay, but number one, this is the situation. I have a skin disorder that destroys the pigmentation of the skin, it’s something that I cannot help. Okay. But when people make up stories that I don’t want to be who I am it hurts me.
Walters interviews Jackson about his friendship with Princess Diana. He also speaks of his tremendous need for privacy in his life. Jackson also discusses his yearning for a normal life and the way in which the media constantly interferes with him.
Yes … I have been lining that kind of life all my life, the tabloid press, that kind of press, not the press, the tabloids, the paparazzi, that type. I have been runnin’ for my life like that. Running there, let’s go this way, then this way, but they are over there, so we go that way. Somebody needs to say “Hold on, STOP!, this person deserves their privacy, you are not allowed to go there.” I go around the world running and hiding, I can’t take a walk in the park, I cant go to the store, I hide in the room and it feels like prison.
Jackson is interviewed in Japan during a tour. They talk about his concert experience with the love of his fans in different countries versus others, his apprehension before he goes out on the stage, the premiere of the short film, Ghosts. He also talks about his challenge of the writing positive hopeful songs in a world with so much despair. He starts to laugh hysterically at the weird noises in the background that happen during the interview.
I try to be very positive in my songs when I write them and look at the bright side of things and I’m not totally happy with the situation of the world. But I always try to write something with a positive message in it to convey hope to people to make things better and to not look at the downside all the time.
Jackson is interviewed by Molly Meldrum and they talk about the pressure he feels from the hysteria and anticipation of his fans, his obsession with working, about coping with the disrespect constantly faced with the tabloid media. He also talks what he does do when he has a chance to relax.
Yes, I am a workaholic. Uh, I don’t relax really, I don’t sleep a lot, I like to continually… my mind never stops. I’m always creating. I never stop. But, I love a good water balloon fight or you know playing around, goofing off, Nintendo games, arcades.
Sawyer asks Jackson about his HIStory album, focus on being a perfectionist and his love of his fans. The interview also includes a rhythmic beat box acapella to demonstrate how he creates music organically without instruments.
That’s my chance to get to really, you know, see them and, feel their presence. When we do a concert, and there’s like a hundred thousand people out there, and you see a sea of people singing there, all in unison, holding up candles, and, you go, wow! You know it’s, it really makes your heart happy and that’s what really makes me feel like everything’s O.K..
Jackson is interviewed by comedian Bill Bellamy. They talk about the nostalgic fun Jackson had while creating the video Scream with his sister, Janet, he also talks about changing his lyrics due to controversy over They don’t really care about us and how he goes about choosing the artists that he finally collaborates with.
We love to dance and to be in a room with my sister reminds me of old times. ‘Cause it allowed us to play and goof off and throw stuff. It was fun.
Jackson talks about his obsession with perfection when it comes to creating music, the premiere of Ghosts and the creation of A Stranger in Moscow, the disgust he feels with tabloid media. He also talks about the real Billie Jean and what inspired the song when he was younger while on tour with his brothers.
Some of the songs I remember getting upset with the songwriters because I wanted to sing it one way and they wanted me to sing it another way and I would call Berry Gordy who is the chairman and owner of the company. He would say “Look let Michael do what he wants, I’m sure he’s right.” So that happened several times.
Winfrey asks Jackson about his strained relationship with his father and his forgiveness, the lies that the media has created and exploited, the idea of having a Caucasian boy play him in a Pepsi commercial. Jackson also reminds people to stay away from judging or gossiping about people after listening to the media, unless they have spoken to the source of the gossip.
Why do people buy these papers and it’s not the truth? I’m here to say, you know…do not judge a person, do not pass judgement on anyone unless you have talked them one on one. I don’t care what the story is.
Winfrey talks with Jackson about the origin of the title “The King of Pop”, his feeling about romance, relationships and marriage, the type of women that he prefers, his crush on Diana Ross when he was a child. Elizabeth Taylor, Jackson’s close friend, also joins the interview and talks about his warm personality.
I would feel that my life is not complete if I do not (marry). ‘Cause I adore the family life, I adore children and I adore that whole thing. I would love to. That’s one of my dreams but I couldn’t right now because I’m married to my work. I’m married to my music and it has to be that closeness in order to do the kind of work that I wanna do.
Winfrey talks with Jackson’s about his vision to create short films from music videos, reactions to fans globally when to his presence and performance, belief in spirituality and human purpose. Jackson also talks to Winfrey how he hopes this interview will teach the audience around the world not to believe what the media has said about him or others.
Love.I feel lots of love and I feel blessed and honored to be able…to be an instrument of nature that was chosen to give them that, what I give them. I’m very honored and happy about that.
Jackson is interviewed by Oprah Winfrey. They talk about Jackson’s collaboration with Slash on Give in to me, Jackson’s fascination with animals, claims that Jackson wanted to be the only candidate to singing for President Clinton’s inauguration. Jackson also highlights what he would like to be remembered for by his fans and right now in his present life.
I love what I do and I would love people to love what I do and to be loved. I just simply want to be loved wherever I go because all over the world…because I love people of all races from my heart with true affection.
Winfrey interviews Jackson about the amusement park in his backyard, the creation of the moonwalk, and the amount of charities that he has donated to for disadvantaged children.
They can’t sit up and these beds, they are hospital beds, you push a button, you go up or you go down and they are able to watch. We have a magic show, we show the current films, there’s cartoons, anything you know, anything so they can escape to that world of magic that they don’t have a chance to experience, the world I was deprived of when I was little.
Jackson is interviewed by Winfrey. They talk about the alienation from childhood that Jackson felt as a young man who was always working, relationship with his family and time together, Latoya’s book and if any disgust is felt about how she ridiculed the family. They also talk about the awkwardness Jackson felt through adolescence.
That is why I think now, because I didn’t have it then, I compensate for that. People wonder why I always have children around me. I find the thing that I never had through them. You know Disneyland, amusement parks, arcade games. I adore all that stuff because when I was little it was always, work, work, work.
Jackson talks to Daryl Dennard about his inspiration to create the Bad video. He also talks about his love for his fans, romantic life, going on tour and his profound interest in making the world a better place.
It is quite different than anything I have ever recorded before or ever written. It’s a bold statement to say but I mean it in all good will you know don’t take it too seriously. Yeah I’m saying, it’s like a way of saying “you’re cool, you’re alright, you’re tough” I’m not saying I’m criminally bad, of course that’s how people would take it. It’s a bold statement to make.
Jackson is interviewed during his Bad tour with Molly Meldrum. This compilation shows his first interview with Meldrum where he reflects on the sacrifice he had to make to complete his education while on the road and trying to have a normal life. He also talks about his role on the making of The Wiz and Thriller with Quincy Jones and John Landis.
I like to sneak into theaters without being noticed sometime. Sometimes it’s really nothing you can do about it. That’s the price you have to pay. I have incredible disguises. I can fool my own mother. I enjoy doing it because I can see life the way it really is.
Jackson is interviewed by Kasem, who asks him about his origins in Gary, Indiana, his obsession with the word “magic”, the film’s that inspire him to create his work. They also ask Jackson about alternative career choices if he was not doing music.
When I see magic, I mean wonderment, that excitement, escapism, another world. There are other people that do that sort of thing like Steven Spielberg, Walt Disney. For the spectator it’s exciting, it’s entertaining, it’s joy, it’s love. I like to create magic, myself, I love magic.
Jackson is interviewed by Collins. He talks about fame and how he sees himself in the industry, particularly how iconic he is.
Its pretty easy for me because so many things I block out. I see myself like you, or like the people in this room. I’m human just like you are.
Jackson is interviewed during the Making of Beat It the Music video. He discusses what inspired him to create the song, his inclusion of real gang members in the music video, who he considers his real personal friends. He also talks about how the gang world is nothing like what he is used to and how it scares him.
I get afraid of people. I don’t really know people sometimes. It’s a whole ‘nother life that I…I haven’t really experienced that. Like friendship is thing I’m just beginning to learn about. I was raised on the stage and that’s where I’m comfortable and everything else is like foreign to me. I’m just beginning to learn about people, friendship, things like that.
Jackson does an interview and talks about his llama, Louie, in his mother’s home in Encino, California. He also talks about his inspiration for writing his songs, the spirituality that children, animals and God have given to his success and the time of the day that he chooses to create. There are a few moments where Jackson sings acapella in the spirit of the moment.
I’ve always said I don’t write my own songs, because I feel I’m just a source, I’m just a tunnel, tube through which they come. I feel somewhere in space they’ve all been written before. I mean Billie Jean and Beat It and all those songs have been up there somewhere they just came through to me. That’s how I really feel. So even though I did it, I just can’t always take credit.
Jackson does an interview with his sister Latoya Jackson in his mother’s home in Encino, California. They talk about what inspires them creatively, focusing on ultimate goals and Jackson’s pet peeve. He also talks about his love for east Indian features and the dark color of their skin.
I think with any type of creation you create what’s inside of you. Subconsciously what influences you. I’m a fantasy fanatic and anything that will take you off into another world escapism, that’s what I like. I’m not so crazy about the reality of everything I like a lot of fantasy and that’s what I try to create.
Jackson interviews with ET about the success of his platinum album Thriller.
Every-time I get a platinum album it is never taken lightly on my behalf I’m always honored.
Jackson’s parents, Joe and Katherine and his brothers are interviewed by Sylvia Chase. They talk about how Jackson and his brothers intensely rehearsed everyday after school, how Jackson became shy over time and the energy that is felt from their growing fans which keeps them constantly motivated. Michael:
On stage means the greatest place in the world. You just light up on stage – it’s magic.
Jackson talks to WBLS, Frankie Crocker about how it feels selling 90,000,000 records.
It’s a wonderful feeling to know the whole world accept are sounds and I’m very thankful.
Jackson and his brothers are interviewed by WBLS and he is asked about his group and his writing venture.
That’s one of the most exciting things that we’ve done, is writing our own material. Its been a great challenge.
Jackson is interviewed by Don Cornelius after the making of The Wiz, a film by Quincy Jones. They talk about Jackson’s experience with working with Diane Ross, the inspiration from the original script the Wizard of Oz and there is a snippet of a musical scene with Jackson who plays the Scarecrow and Diane Ross, playing Dorothy singing Ease on down the road.
When I was real small I saw the original Wizard of Oz, the Judy Garland version. I always fell in love with the scarecrow I think most kids do ’cause you feel sorry for him and everything and his character, and I always watched him. Matter fact I had the step down they did when I was around six. Follow the yellow brick road!
Jackson and his brothers appear on The Mike Douglas Show, he asks them who teaches the dance moves.
When we get in the room we make them up ourselves.
Jackson and his brothers are interviewed by Prinz. He asks them about their new summer sketch comedy shows, Jackson’s love for animals and a solo performance singing Happy where there is a playful call and response from the audience. Jackson’s sisters Latoya, Janet and Rebbie, who are also on the sketch show, are shown in the audience.
We have fun. Yeah ’cause we get a chance to do dancing. Every week we have a dance number, we have impressions we have comedy.
Jackson is interviewed with his brothers by Dinah Shore. They ask if there are any fights between them as siblings, Jackson’s premiere appearance at the Ms. Black American Beauty concert, he shows off his illustrations of Ms. Jane Pittman and Charlie Chaplin. There is also a solo interview that Jackson has with Shore where she asks him what he would do if he was allowed to go on vacation.
When I saw Ms. Jane Pittman on TV I just had to draw her, ’cause I thought it was a great role, Cicely Tyson played. She did a great job.
Jackson appears on Soul Train, where host, Cornelius asks him what he’s looking forward to in the future.
Recording with other artists and going into acting. We get a lot of scripts in but we haven’t found the exact script that we want to use. So we’re picking and deciding.
Jackson and his brothers are interviewed by WWRL. They ask Jackson how he felt about Isaac Hayes covering their song Never Can Say Goodbye.
I thought it was great because I like to see other people do our tunes. We all liked it.
Jackson and his brothers are interviewed by Cornelius and the audience. They ask them who designed their clothes they wear on stage and they ask Jackson how old he was when he did his first performance with Diana Ross. Jackie Jackson responds for all the Jacksons when the audience ask who teaches them their dance steps.
Well we all get in our home studio at home and we all put our heads together and do it ourselves.
Jackson appears on The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour where Sonny and Cher ask him about his life and career. The Jackson 5 perform Lookin’ Through the Windows.
Jackson, age 12, is interviewed by ABC News along with his brothers, the Jackson 5 in Florida. Jackson is questioned about what type of audience he likes to write for and what type of songs he likes to create. The interview also covers how the Jackson 5 spend some of their free time when they aren’t rehearsing.
Whatever I sing, that’s what I really mean. I’m gonna keep singing this song. I don’t sing it if I don’t mean it.
Jackson and his brother Jackie are interviewed by Robert Abernathy who questions them about how they got started with Motown, other interests outside of singing and the popularity of different genres of music. They also talk about how their education is handled while they are on the road with their private tutor.
I describe the sound as a pop sound, bubblegum soul mixture. It’s a mixture of soul and we started to capture all the crowds like black, white you name it, everybody.