Perhaps Michael Jackson should have saved the title
Invincible, because his upcoming collection packs more
chart-muscle than his disappointing last studio album mustered. The
November 18th release Number Ones pulls together sixteen
biggest hits from the past three decades as Jackson positioned
himself as the King of Pop. The set also includes the new song “One
More Chance,” written by R. Kelly.
The criteria for a song’s inclusion weren’t limited to U.S.
charts, as the songs on Number Ones include a handful of
U.K. chart-toppers like “Black or White” and “You Are Not Alone.”
Actually, some of the songs — like “You Rock My World,” “Thriller”
and “Smooth Criminal” — weren’t Number Ones on either side of the
Atlantic, but merely hits. And one Number One, “Say Say Say,”
Jackson’s collaboration with Paul McCartney, was excluded from the
record. But the collection spans Jackson’s solo career, dating back
to his 1972 ode to a mouse, “Ben,” and running through “Break of
Dawn,” from last year’s Invincible.
A fifteen-song DVD with the same title is also in the works for
a November release, compiling the now-legendary videos for his hits
like “Thriller,” “Bad” and “Beat It.”