Dangerous

Label
Epic/Legacy
Release date
1991
Running length
14 tracks
Running time
72:46

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Michael Jackson - Jam 5:36 169,184
2 Michael Jackson - Why You Wanna Trip on Me 5:23 89,605
3 Michael Jackson - In the Closet 4:48 139,837
4 Michael Jackson - She Drives Me Wild 3:39 80,467
5 Michael Jackson - Remember the Time 3:58 340,707
6 Michael Jackson - Can't Let Her Get Away 2:48 77,159
7 Michael Jackson - Heal the World 6:24 282,653
8 Michael Jackson - Black or White 4:16 605,339
9 Michael Jackson - Who Is It 6:31 166,729
10 Michael Jackson - Give in to Me 5:28 167,526
11 Michael Jackson;The Cleveland Orchestra - Will You Be There 7:38 4,384
12 Michael Jackson - Keep the Faith 5:56 69,514
13 Michael Jackson - Gone Too Soon 3:22 75,639
14 Michael Jackson - Dangerous 6:59 125,697

About this album

Dangerous was the first album Michael Jackson released in the 1990s, on November 22, 1991. It became his third best-selling album and second to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart, where it spent the next 4 weeks - selling 7 million copies in the US. With sales of approximately 30 million copies worldwide, it is Jackson’s best-selling recording of the nineties and near ties with Bad as his second-best selling album, behind Thriller.

According to the sleeve notes on the later remastered edition of the album, recording sessions began in Los Angeles, California at Ocean Way/Record One Studio 2 on June 25, 1990. The sessions ended at Larrabee North and Ocean Way Studio on October 29, 1991, being the most extensive recording project of Jackson’s career at the time (over 16 months compared to the usual 6 spent for his previous three studio albums).

In March 1991, Jackson signed a 15 year, 6 album deal to Sony Music. The press reported that Sony actually handed over $1 billion to Jackson, but that was not the case. At the time, Sony estimated that if the albums Jackson released under the new contract sold at the same level they currently sold, it would generate over $1 billion in profits for them. Additionally, Jackson was awarded the highest royalty rate in the business.

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  • sivetoblake

    My fav MJ album with Off the Wall [3]

    24 Jun 4:00am Reply
  • sivetoblake

    bestest

    24 Jun 3:59am Reply
  • MalikondaLover

    <3

    22 Jun 12:00am Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    Also, this is easily one of the best NJS albums ever, so I don't know what Ayamichan's on about...

    20 Jun 9:36pm Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    Considering the sheer amount and variety of material MJ recorded in the late '80s/early '90s, it's relatively surprising that Dangerous didn't end up a double album. I think it should have...

    20 Jun 7:43pm Reply
  • Ayamichan

    Love MJ, but I never could connect with this album. I only really love the single tracks...it wasn't for me up to his usual standard. I barely have 40 plays of the album in my chart :\\. It's weird because I LOVEEEE New Jack Swing, but for some reason, I'm just not with it.

    22 May 9:41am Reply
  • Fantasma_97

    One of the coolest album covers of all time! [6]

    17 May 5:04am Reply
  • welltalent

    Esse álbum é muito pra frente para a época em que foi lançado. Nunca ficara datado.

    10 May 4:00pm Reply
  • welltalent

    My fav MJ album with Off the Wall [2]

    10 May 3:55pm Reply
  • Egrooj

    OFF_THE_LIP One of the most awful album covers of all time. what? the cover is amazing. every time you look at it, you see something new.

    13 Feb 5:01am Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    Although MJ overextended himself on Dangerous, considering what he did do he could have mixed shit up a little more. The new jack swing sound is almost solely designated to the tracks intended as singles (generally the up/mid-tempos) while the sort of (underutilized) progressive/adult contemporary sound is reserved for the ballads etc. Drawing a line like that is risky business. Dangerous is kind of like MJ's answer to Prince's Sign "O" The Times and Madonna's Like A Prayer - except he doesn't quite get the balance right between outright pop and, if y'all will, art pop. It's as if he wasn't sure whether he wanted to recreate Bad for the '90s or follow through with that bold personal statement. If this was truly the dilemma MJ faced, then a lopsided compromise was struck. The finished product is still a borderline classic for me though. Dangerous contains some of MJ's best, and most unique, material.

    11 Feb 7:14pm Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    I think MJ sort of put all his eggs in one basket here (and too hastily) - which, as UnfortunatelyGr said, led to a simultaneously extremely accomplished and somewhat flawed album. At its heart Dangerous is an uneven mixture of the dynamic yet relatively straightforward pop done on an epic scale we’d come to expect from Michael by the '90s and the more musically/conceptually ambitious, lengthy compositions we hadn’t quite. I dig all the salacious new jack swing songs here on some level but one or two less in favour of another Will You Be There, Who Is It or Why You Wanna Trip On Me (minus the new jack swing this time) would have made a difference. There are some intriguing pseudo-socio-political/spiritual things going on that need reinforcing. Even something as innocent and simple yet sophisticated and sumptuous as Someone Put Your Hand Out would have really given Dangerous another dimension (it can get excessively bitter and paranoid, even if that's largely the point).

    11 Feb 7:03pm Reply
  • Akayz7

    yeah i guess njswing was a half inflated sub-genre. also Heal The World did NOT need to be on this album should have went the way his other charity single did.

    6 Feb 7:19pm Reply
  • UnfortunatelyGr

    I've always seen this album as simultaneously extremely accomplished and somewhat flawed. On the positive side, the production standards are utterly impeccable, as befits such an unrelenting creative perfectionist as MJ. But new jack swing as a genre blows a bit hot and cold for me, and the self-produced stuff's generally a bit too cheesy, sappy and/or showbiz-schmaltzy, especially the slower songs like Gone Too Soon and Heal The World. It's also missing a sexy slow jam like Quincy was still doing in his solo work. Oh, and some of the tracks could have done with being shortened. But in the areas where it's right, it's the high watermark in MJ's catalogue. So, a tough album for me to categorise as a hit or miss.

    18 Jan 7:34pm Reply
  • Yazna-

    My fav MJ album with Off the Wall

    2 Jan 3:57am Reply
  • Lucky_star69

    One of the coolest album covers of all time! [4]

    26 Dec 2013 Reply
  • DickBigems

    pretty calculated and a little underdone at times.

    12 Dec 2013 Reply
  • DickBigems

    The content on this album clearly shows Michael at his most focused conceptually, but the execution is a little off at times. First of all, the production has a lot of new jack swing oriented stuff. In moderation, this is okay I suppose, but it shows Michael more as a follower than a trendsetter. Before with an album like Thriller or even Bad to a degree, Michael was leading the way in pop music sonically. Rather here he really isn't doing much that hasn't been done before instrumentally. When he does change from the new jack swing style, it's to slower ballads which often come off a little sappy and overblown. Plus it's somewhat disjointed. The first half is upbeat then the second half is mostly slower ballady type stuff. Where Michael seems to cure this sonic complacency is his subject matter, which is more focused at socially conscious content than ever. He can be effective at times getting his broad and practically cliche messages across, but often to more trained ear it can seem

    12 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Ellie_BS

    My favorite MJ album!

    3 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Esseth

    First album I ever bought

    23 Oct 2013 Reply
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