- January 05 :
Michael, Quincy Jones & Bruce Swedien start recording the "Bad" album at the Westlake Studio in Los Angeles
- January 09:
Michael attends the American Cinema Awards with Sophia Loren & Sylvester Stallone.
Michael begins filming a short film for the song Smooth Criminal on his upcoming album. The video is directed by Colin Chilvers on a story written by Michael. It features young actors Sean Lennon, Kellie Parker & Brandon Adams plus Joe Pesci and among the dancers, Lavelle Smith who will become Michael choreographer.
- March 17:
Hazel gives birth to Jermaine’s son, Jaimy Jackson.
- March 31:
Filming of the “playing with the kids” scene of Smooth Criminal.
Michael withdraws from The Jeovah’s Witness.
Quincy Jones sets up a meeting between Michael & Prince in Los Angeles.
The media report that Michael wants to purchase the bones of Elephant Man.
Michael’s first solo world tour is announced to begin next September in Japon.
Michael shoots the video of The Way You Make Me Feel in Los Angeles directed by Joe Pytka, choreographed by Vincent Paterson and featuring Tatiana Thumbtzen & Latoya!
- July 9 :
Michael, Quincy & Bruce complete the mixing of the Bad album.
- July 13:
25 CBS Records executives and representatives are invited to a dinner party at Hayvenhurst where they are treated with a preview of the Bad album and the Bad short film.
Epic announces that the Bad album has been completed and will be released on August 31.
- July 15:
's Radio 1 premieres I Just Can’t Stop Loving You, the first single from the Bad Album.
- July 27:
The single IJCSTLU is released worldwide without a video.
Michael rehearses for the Bad World Tour in Los Angeles .
- August 20:
Jackie & Enid are officicially divorced. Enid keeps custody of Siggy & Brandi.
- August 25 :
The album Bad is released worldwide.
The Bad video is premiered worldwide in the TV Special Michael Jackson : The Magic Returns.
The single Bad is released.
Michael is on the cover of Ebony magazine.
Michael appears in a new Pepsi commercial with young actor Jimmy Safechuck.
Michael hires Bob Jones, vice-president of MJJ Productions.
- September 9:
Michael arrives in Tokyo (Japon) with pet chimp Bubbles, Katherine & Joe, LaToya & her manager Jack Gordon, Quincy Jones, Frank Dileo, Karen Faye, Michael Bush, Bill Bray, Wayne Nagin, Donny Osmond ect… He stays at the Capitol Hotel.
- September 10:
Michael visits Korakuen Amusement Park .
- September 11:
Michael visits Disneyland Tokyo.
- September 12/13/14:
Michael kicks off his first ever solo tour at the Tokyo Dome.
- September 20/21:
Concerts in Osaka . Michael is presented the key to the city by Mayor Oshima at a formal tea ceremony where Michael is accompanied by Bubbles!
- September 25/26/27:
Concert in Yokohama . Michael dedicates the concerts to the memory of Yoshiaki Ogiwara, a five year old boy who was murdered.
Michael gives a interview to Mollie Mildrew for Australian TV. Mollie ha interviewed Michael ten years earlier!
Ebony/Jet showcases an interview of Michael by Darryl Dennard.
Hazel files for divorce and Jermaine introduces Margaret to the family.
Janet leaves Hayvenhurst to move in with her boyfriend Rene Helizondo Jr.
- October 3/4 :
Concerts in Yokohoma.
- October 10/11/12:
Concerts in Osaka .
Michael is on the cover of People with a hand-written message from Michael.
- October 13:
Michael flies back home.
- October 31:
MTV premieres the video of The Way You Make Me Feel.
- November 11:
Michael arrives in Sydney () and takes an onward flight to Melboune.
- November 12:
Michael visits a children’s hospital in Melbourne .
- November 13:
Concert in Melbourne .
Michael meets a young boy named Brett Barnes.
- November 20/21:
Concerts in Sydney .
- November 25/28:
Concerts in Brisbane .
Stevie Wonder & Michael perform Just Good Friends live on stage! Michael meets a young boy named Wade Robson.
- November 30:
Michael flies back home.
The single The Way You Make Me Feel is released.