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Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix

Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix is a remix album by Michael Jackson released in 1997. The tracks on the album included eight remixes of songs from Jackson's previous album HIStory - Past, Present and Future, Book I, and five original songs ("Blood on the Dance Floor", "Morphine", "Superfly Sister", "Ghosts" and "Is It Scary"). Jackson dedicated the album to Elton John to thank him for the support Elton had given him during Jackson's struggle with addiction to prescription painkillers.

On April 2, 1997, the debut single from the album, "Blood on the Dance Floor", was released in Europe. The single peaked at #1 on the UK Singles Chart. The U.S. release of the single was less popular, peaking at #42 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #19 on the R&B chart.

The second single from the album was "HIStory/Ghosts", which included the official Tony Moran remix of "HIStory" as a double A-side track. On May 8, 1997, Jackson, in collaboration with director Stan Winston and author Stephen King, made a 40-minute short film titled Ghosts. The film premiered at the 50th Annual Cannes Film Festival. The short film was positively received by critics who attended the premiere screening. The short film helped propel the single to #5 in the UK.

"Is It Scary" was planned as a third single but was never officially released (as of 2006 only a few promo singles remain). The song was intended to be the theme song for Addams Family Values, but this didn't happen in the end. It was also featured in the Ghosts short film.

It has been rumored that the track "Superfly Sister" is written about the abusive relationship between his sister La Toya Jackson and Jack Gordon.

On May 14, 1997, the album was released worldwide, and was certified platinum by the RIAA in October 2000. Worldwide, the album has sold an estimated 6 million copies making it the best selling remix album of all time.

Track listing

  1. "Blood on the Dance Floor" (Jackson, Riley) – 4:14
  2. "Morphine" (Jackson) – 6:26
  3. "Superfly Sister" (Jackson, Loren) – 6:27
  4. "Ghosts" (Jackson, Riley) – 5:13
  5. "Is It Scary" (Jackson, Harris, Lewis) – 5:35
  6. "Scream Louder (Flyte Tyme Remix)" (Jackson, Janet Jackson, Harris, Lewis) – 5:27
  7. "Money (Fire Island Radio Edit)" (Jackson) - 4:22
  8. "2 Bad (Refugee Camp Mix)" (Jackson, Swedien, Rene, Austin) – 3:32
  9. "Stranger in Moscow (Tee's In-House Club Mix)" (Jackson) – 6:55
  10. "This Time Around (D.M. Radio Mix)" (Jackson, Austin) – 4:05
  11. "Earth Song (Hani's Club Experience)" (Jackson) – 7:55
  12. "You Are Not Alone (Classic Club Mix)" (Kelly) – 7:38
  13. "HIStory (Tony Moran's HIStory Lesson)" (Jackson, Harris, Lewis) – 8:00

Singles

  1. "Blood on the Dance Floor" (April 1997) - #1 UK, #42 U.S., #5 Australia
  2. "Is It Scary?" (1997, promo) - Charted at No.10 in South Africa October 1997 on RADIO AIRPLAY only as confirmed by Sony Europe VP Jonathan Morrish.
  3. "HIStory/Ghosts" (July 1997) - #5 UK, #43 Australia

U.S Sales

Period RIAA award U.S Shipments Total
May 20, 1997 - Jul 17, 1997 Gold on Jul 17, 1997 500,000 500,000
Jul 18, 1997 - Oct 30, 2000 Platinum on Oct 30, 2000 500,000 1,000,000

Credits

"Blood on the Dance Floor"

  • Written and composed by Michael Jackson and Teddy Riley
  • Produced by Michael Jackson and Teddy Riley
  • Engineered by Teddy Riley, Dave Way and Mick Guzauski
  • Mixed by Mick Guzauski

"Morphine"

  • Written and composed by Michael Jackson
  • Produced by Michael Jackson
  • Engineered by Keith Cohen, Eddie DeLena, Mick Guzauski and Tim Boyle
  • Mixed by Keith Cohen

"Ghosts"

  • Written and composed by Michael Jackson and Teddy Riley
  • Produced by Michael Jackson and Teddy Riley
  • Engineered by Teddy Riley and Eddie DeLena
  • Mixed by Dave Way

"Is It Scary"

  • Written and composed by Michael Jackson, James Harris III and Terry Lewis
  • Produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis (aka James Harris III and Terry Lewis) and Michael Jackson
  • Arranged by Michael Jackson and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis
  • Recorded by Steve Hodge
  • Mixed by Steve Hodge

"Superfly Sister"

  • Written by Michael Jackson
  • Composed by Michael Jackson and Bryan Loren
  • Produced by Michael Jackson
  • Arranged by Michael Jackson and Bryan Loren
  • Recorded by Richard Cottrell and Dave Way

"Scream Louder (Flyte Tyme Remix)"

  • Written and composed by James Harris III and Terry Lewis, Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
  • Produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
  • Additional production and remix by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis

"Money (Fire Island Radio Edit)"

  • Written and composed by Michael Jackson
  • Produced by Michael Jackson
  • Remix and additional production by Terry Farley & Pete Heller
  • Engineered by Gary Wilkinson

"2 Bad (Refugee Camp Mix)"

  • Written by Michael Jackson
  • Composed by Bruce Swedien, Rene and Dallas Austin
  • Produced by Michael Jackson and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis
  • Remix by Wyclef Jean
  • Additional production by Te-Bass and Pras
  • Rap by John Forte
  • Guitar by Wyclef Jean
  • Bass by Te-Bass
  • Mixed and engineered by Warren Riker

"Stranger in Moscow (Tee's In-House Club Mix)"

  • Written and composed by Michael Jackson
  • Produced by Michael Jackson
  • Additional production and remix by Todd Terry
  • Engineered by Bill Klatt
  • Edited by Matthias Heilbronn

"This Time Around (D.M. Radio Mix)"

  • Written by Michael Jackson
  • Composed by Dallas Austin
  • Produced by Dallas Austin and Michael Jackson
  • Remix and additional production by David Morales
  • Engineered by David Sussman
  • Keyboards by Satoshi Tomiie and Joe Moskowitz
  • Horns arranged by Paul Sharipo & Company
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    "Earth Song (Hani's Club Experience)"

  • Written and composed by Michael Jackson
  • Produced by Michael Jackson, Bill Bottrell and David Foster
  • Remixed and recycled by Hani
  • Edited by Vlado Meller and Frank Ceraolo

"You Are Not Alone (Classic Club Mix)"

  • Written and composed by R. Kelly
  • Produced by R. Kelly and Michael Jackson
  • Remix by Frankie Knuckles
  • Additional production by Frankie Knuckles and Satoshi Tomiie
  • Engineered by John Poppo
  • Keyboard programming by Terry Burrus

"HIStory (Tony Moran's HIStory Lesson)"

  • Written and composed by Michael Jackson, James Harris III and Terry Lewis
  • Produced by Michael Jackson and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis
  • Remix by Tony Moran
  • Additional production by Tony Moran and Bob Rosa
  • Mixed by Bob Rosa
  • Engineered by Tony Coluccio
  • Programming by Tony Coluccio
  • Additional programming by Giuseppe D.

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