The anticipation for “Scream,” a duet by superstar siblings Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson, was unprecedented when released in 1995. The lead single from HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I made its chart debut on this date, peaking at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at #2 on the Billboard Hot R&B Singles chart. The song was co-written and co-produced by Michael, Janet, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
In addition to being a chart hit, the song’s accompanying music video won a Grammy Award for Best Music Video, Short Form; a Billboard Music Award for Best Pop/Rock Video; and earned 11 MTV Video Music Award nominations, winning for Best Dance Video, Best Art Direction and Best Choreography. Watch the “Scream” short film, directed by Mark Romanek, below: