Michael buys a new condominium in Century City nicknamed the “Hideout”.

  • 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.

  • February:

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.

  • April:

Michael withdraws from The Jeovah’s Witness.

  • May:

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.

  • June:

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.

  • August:

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.

  • September:

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.

  • October:

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.

  • December:

The single The Way You Make Me Feel is released.