Rodney ‘Darkchild’ Jerkins Dishes On How Label Drama Derailed Michael Jackson’s ‘Invincible’ Era: “He Had Short Films Planned”

Published: Friday 16th Oct 2020 by Sam

Michael Jackson sold hundreds of millions of records in life and broke records that are unlikely to be ever topped.

And while even his last album ‘Invincible’ sold by the bucket-load, its sales proved slim when lined up with some of his hey-day efforts.

In a new interview with VLAD TV, hitmaker Rodney ‘Darkchild’ Jerkins – who produced multiple songs on the 2001 LP – sheds light on why.

Details below…

Speaking candidly, the ‘You Rock My World’ producer pin-pointed the King of Pop’s feud with then-label head Tommy Mottola as the principle cause for the chaos that engulfed what ended up being the singer’s studio album.

Reminding that the project only birthed one music video, no promotion, and no tour, Jerkins opened up about the verbatim plans Jackson shared with him for ‘Invincible.’

These included a short film for the song ‘Threatened’ and an innovative visual for ‘Unbreakable’ – which would have incorporated the late great Notorious B.I.G who featured.

Watch Darkchild dish below…

For yours truly, the injustice surrounding the ‘Invincible’ era will always frustrate.

Beyond the label politics and “what if’s” that will forever haunt the project, the prescribed media narrative at the time is perhaps the most irksome part of it all.

The reality of the matter is that the album launched to a promising start, was packed with potential, and sold over 6 million copies worldwide – regardless of its many hurdles.

And yet there appeared to be a pass it on pact in key corners of the media to play down its initial success. Indeed, somehow numbers that were huge for the young chart toppers of the time were spun as negative because it was “Michael Jackson.”

If it were the the immediate follow-up to a ‘Thriller’ or ‘Bad,’ it’d be more understandable. More logical. Yet, so far removed from those projects and that sales climate, it was farcical to see such asinine comparisons being made. It was almost like a wilful suspending of logic so as to surface satisfy an anti-MJ sentiment.

In any case, here’s hoping history continues to shine the positive light on ‘Invincible’ that it deserves.

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  1. Pat October 16, 2020

    Underrated album

  2. 🍭marilyn monh-O-E🍭(drink my diva cup ☕️) October 16, 2020

    Stop recycling the old material. Everything is dated!! Just let MJ Rest In Peace. Maybe he already became a real white man in his next life. wish granted💅🏿💅🏿💅🏿

    • Shayla Queen 👑 October 16, 2020

      Chile 😂😂😂

    • Shayla Queen 👑 October 16, 2020

      Maybe trashy tofu bish will get his same wish of being a white man too

      • 🍭marilyn monh-O-E🍭(drink my diva cup ☕️) October 16, 2020

        Don’t know how ur ass got out of the 5150 psych hold, but imma get in that ass again until they re-admit u b****. Stupid crazy racist c*** 😂😂😂💋💁🏼‍♀️🖕🏻🖕🏻

  3. eric October 16, 2020

    I remember the album was released in something like four different colors. I bought it based just on the expectation Michael always set for himself, but I was extremely disappointed in the album. I liked only three songs initially. Today, I can tolerate probably an additional two songs. Rodney didn’t do all that great outside of “You Rock My World”. Rodney and Michael both had their excuses, but at the end of the day, Invincible just doesn’t work.

    • PinotNoir October 16, 2020

      I second this

  4. PinotNoir October 16, 2020

    Thing is: what killed that album was MJ’s insistence on an alpha persona and the public’s insistence on not buying it, as evident in that awful “You Rock My World” video. He looked like Latoya with a fedora and a flour face mask on. His lustful suitor schtick was embarrassing to watch. Even Chris Tucker was manlier despite his high-pitched voice. Plus, the crötch grab had gotten old and stale by that era. Truth is: MJ + Prince were unsexy.

  5. creoleone October 16, 2020

    Invincible actually sold 10MILLION copies NOT 6 million!

  6. Ferd3 October 17, 2020


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