Written and Composed by Michael Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels and Nora Payne
Produced by Michael Jackson for MJJ Productions, Inc. and Rodney Jerkins for Darkchild Entertainment
From the album Invincible, released October 30, 2001
Released as a single August 22, 2001
THE SHORT FILM
Director: Paul Hunter
Primary Production Location: Los Angeles, California
Michael Jackson’s short film for “You Rock My World” was one of two short films produced for recordings from Invincible, Michael’s sixth album as an adult solo performer. As a single, “You Rock My World” was a No. 1 hit in France, Spain Portugal, Poland and Romania, and reached the Top 10 in another 16 countries, including Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy and Australia. In the United States, the single reached the Top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100 (his 28th career Top 10 single in America), Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles, Mainstream Top 40 and Rhythmic Top 40—marking Michael’s fourth consecutive decade with a Top 10 hit since the 1970s.
The edited version of the “You Rock My World” short film was released for primetime video airplay. Like its extended version, it features guest appearances from Chris Tucker, Michael Madsen and Marlon Brando (in one of his final film appearances). Michael and Chris follow a beautiful girl (Kiyasha Dudley) into a club, where Michael attempts to woo her from a potential suitor (Madsen). Michael’s seduction causes a fight between an enforcer (Billy Drago) and himself, which results in a fire breaking out in the club. Michael ultimately escapes with Chris and the girl.
The “You Rock My World” short film won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Music Video in 2002.