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"Jam"
Single by Michael Jackson featuring Heavy D
from the album Dangerous
Released July 13, 1992 (1992-07-13)
Format CD single
Recorded 1991
Genre Funk
R&B/Hip hop
New jack swing[1]
Length 5:38 (Album version)
5:00 (Radio Edit)
4:10 (7" edit)
Label Epic Records
Writer(s) Michael Jackson, Bruce Swedien, René Moore, Teddy Riley
Producer Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley, Bruce Swedien
Michael Jackson singles chronology
"In the Closet"
(1992)
"Jam"
(1992)
"Who Is It"
(1992)
Dangerous track listing
"Jam"
(1)
"Why You Wanna Trip on Me"
(2)
This Is It track listing
"Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'"
(1)
"Jam'"
(2)
"They Don't Care About Us"
(3)

"Jam" is a song by Michael Jackson from his 1991 Dangerous album. It appears as track one on Dangerous and track two on his 2009 This Is It compilation album. The single was re-released in 2006 as part of Jackson's Visionary: The Video Singles collection. "Jam" is a mix of aggressive hard funk, dance and rap, or funk hip hop. The bridge features a rap performed by Heavy D (of the group Heavy D & the Boyz). The music video of the song featured NBA legend Michael Jordan (the other "MJ"). The song was also featured on the Chicago Bulls'—Jordan's team at that time—1992 NBA Championship video "Untouchabulls". The song was used as the opening number on Jackson's Dangerous World Tour. The song re-entered the UK charts in 2006, reaching number 22.[2]

Contents

Music video

The music video for "Jam" takes place within an abandoned indoor basketball court, where Jackson teaches basketball legend Michael Jordan how to dance, and in return, Jordan teaches Jackson how to play basketball. Special effects have Jackson throwing a basketball from a window and scoring in the hoop at the opposite end, as well as Jackson scoring by tossing the ball behind him and kicking the ball into the hoop with his heel. The extended versions of the video include Jackson teaching Jordan how to do the physically complicated moonwalk dance technique. The rap duo Kris Kross makes a cameo appearance, as does Heavy D (who performs a rap during the bridge). The video is available on the Dangerous – The Short Films DVD.

Track listings and formats

Visionary Single
  • Cd Side:
  1. "Jam" (7" edit) - 4:10
  2. "Jam" (Silky 12" Mix) - 6:26
  • Dvd Side:
  1. "Jam" (Music Video) - 8:01
UK single
  1. "Jam" (7" edit) – 4:11
  2. "Jam" (Roger's Jeep mix) – 5:54
  3. "Jam" (Atlanta Techno mix) – 6:06
  4. "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" (Brothers in Rhythm House mix) – 7:40

Personnel

  • Arranger(s) - Jackson, Swedien, Riley and Rene Moore.
  • Vocal arranger - Jackson.
  • Keyboard(s) - Rene Moore, Riley, Swedien and Brad Buxer.
  • Synthesizer(s) - Riley, Rhett Lawrence, Michael Boddicker and Brad Buxer.
  • Drum(s) - Riley and Swedien.
  • Guitar - Riley.

Charts

Chart (1992/2006/2009) Peak
position
Australia Singles Chart 11[3]
Austrian Singles Chart 28[3]
Dutch Singles Chart 12[3]
Italian Singles Chart 11[3]
French Singles Chart 8[3]
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 2[3]
Spanish Singles Chart 1[3]
Swiss Singles Chart 22[3]
Swedish Singles Chart 30[3]
United Kingdom Singles Charts 12[4]
United States Billboard Hot 100 26[5]
United States Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 3[5]
United States Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play 4[5]

Release history

Country Date
United States July 13, 1992 (1992-07-13)
Europe September 27, 1992 (1992-09-27)

References

  1. ^ "Dangerous". Sputnik. http://www.sputnikmusic.com/album.php?albumid=7504. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  2. ^ http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-15616037_ITM
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Michael Jackson - Jam (song)". LesCharts.com. Hung Medien. http://lescharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Michael+Jackson&titel=Jam&cat=s. Retrieved 2010-3-14. 
  4. ^ "Michael Jackson - Jam". ChartsStats.com. The Official Charts Company. http://www.chartstats.com/songinfo.php?id=1321. Retrieved 2010-03-14. 
  5. ^ a b c "allmusic (( Dangerous > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:j9foxq95ld6e~T31. Retrieved 2010-3-14. 
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