Dangerous is the eighth studio album by American recording artist Michael Jackson, released by Epic Records on November 26, 1991. It was his fourth studio album released under the Epic label, and his first since 1975’s Forever, Michael not to be produced by longtime collaborator Quincy Jones, who had agreed to split after the final recording sessions for Jackson’s 1987 album, Bad. Dangerous took over a year in production, and was produced by Jackson with additional production from his friend Bill Bottrell and Teddy Riley.
Jackson wrote twelve of the fourteen songs on the album. Lyrical themes expressed on the album included racism, poverty, romance, the welfare of children and the world and self-improvement, topics Jackson had covered before. The album covers a wide range of genres including hip hop, gospel, rock, soul and pop. Nine singles were released from Dangerous between November 1991 and December 1993, with seven singles issued in the United States, and two others released only outside the US. The two singles released outside the United States were successful, charting within the top ten and top forty respectively. Dangerous peaked at number one in nine countries, while charting at the top ten in four other territories. The only songs not released as singles were “Why You Wanna Trip on Me”, “She Drives Me Wild”, “Can’t Let Her Get Away”, “Keep the Faith” and “Dangerous”; a video and a single release for the latter was said to have been planned, but was postponed indefinitely due to the musician’s tour and allegations of child sexual abuse in 1993.
Dangerous received several Grammy nominations, winning one for Best Engineered Album (Non Classical) by Bruce Swedien and Riley. The album also received three nominations at the American Music Awards of 1993 ultimately winning two awards: Favorite Soul/R&B Single for the single “Remember the Time” and Favorite Pop/Rock Album for the album itself. Dangerous has sold 32 million copies worldwide, 7 million albums were shipped in the United States alone, and has been cited as one of the best-selling albums of all time