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“HIStory“/”Ghosts” is a double A-side single from Michael Jackson‘s 1997 remix album Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix. The original version of “HIStory” was released as a track on Jackson’s 1995 studio album HIStory, but was never released as a single. “Ghosts” was a brand new recording. “HIStory” was composed by Michael Jackson, James Harris III and Terry Lewis before it was remixed by Tony Moran in 1997. Like the original version, it contained many historic audio clips and samples.
“Ghosts” was written, composed and produced by Michael Jackson and Teddy Riley in 1997. Commentators made observations about the paranoid lyrics, a common theme in Jackson’s work. The double A-side was promoted with a music video for each song. “HIStory” was set in a nightclub, in a futuristic era, and recalled Jackson’s filmography. “Ghosts” was a five minute clip taken from the much longer film of the same name. The song would become a top five hit in the UK, but did not chart as highly elsewhere.
The music video that accompanied the remix opens with the scene of a woman, relaxing on a futuristic sofa, watching the music video through metallic virtual reality goggles. The video is set in a nightclub, inside the club, televisions, monitors and walls display the history of Jackson’s filmography such as “In The Closet”, “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough”, “Scream/Childhood”, “Black or White”, “Jam”, “Remember The Time”, “Earth Song”, “Man In The Mirror”, “Say Say Say”, scenes from his short film Ghosts, and live performances from the Bad World Tour and the Dangerous World Tour. Wearing the goggles, the woman is led to believe she is in the nightclub too. The video ends with the woman removing the goggles. The film was written by Jackson and Stephen King and directed by Stan Winston