So, Michael, the first posthumous release of unreleased material by The King of Pop, hasn’t exactly lived up to expectations. While certified Platinum in the U.S. for shipments of in excess of a million copies, the reality is that it’s sold about half of that. It’s hard to breathe life into a project when the artist isn’t here to promote it, but bless their hearts, Michael’s record company and management are trying.
“Hollywood Tonight” is the second video release from the album, and I have a weird feeling in my gut about the whole thing. The song, though not as awful as, say, “Breaking News” is obviously unfinished (the song only has two verses, Michael repeats the first verse at the end), the production is a little too slavish to the “Thriller”-era (particularly “Billie Jean”-the drum parts are practically identical), and this is one of those Michael tracks where I can’t be 100% sure that the vocals are all MJ. The video follows the lyrical arc pretty closely, telling the PG-rated version of the story of a girl with big dreams, interspersed with some iconic footage of Michael that’s been well overused by this point. It’s kind of sad, really, when you think about it.
Towards the end, there’s a dance routine outside of Hollywood’s Pantages Theater (where Michael filmed parts of 1995’s “You Are Not Alone”), which is a nice touch, but it’s also just about the only nice touch this video has.