Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, songwriter, dancer, producer, and actor. Often referred to as the "King of Pop", he has made a huge contribution to music, and had become a worldwide icon. His 1982 album, Thriller, is the best selling album of all time.

Involvement with the Sonic the Hedgehog series

After many of years of rumors and speculation surrounding Jackson's involvement with Sonic the Hedgehog 3, it was confirmed in 2009 by Brad Buxer (a composer of the game and close friend of Jackson), that Jackson did in fact work on the soundtrack for the 1994 video game. He mentioned they worked together for the game's credits theme that was the basis for Stranger in Moscow.[1]

It is unknown what other tracks Jackson officially worked on that are present in the final game, but based on the tracks that include vocal sound effects, and were also removed or replaced in Sonic & Knuckles and Sonic & Knuckles Collection, are most likely the ones he was involved with. These tracks include the themes for mini-bosses, Carnival Night Zone, and Launch Base Zone.

An interesting side-note, Naoto Ohshima, the creator of Sonic the Hedgehog, stated in an interview that Sonic's shoes were inspired by the cover of Jackson's 1987 album, Bad.[2]

Other work with Sega

Before working on the soundtrack for Sonic 3, Jackson had teamed up with Sega in 1989 to create a game titled Michael Jackson's Moonwalker, inspired by the musical anthology film of the same name. Jackson has also appeared in the Space Channel 5 series, appearing as one of the series' main supporting characters, Space Michael.


Songs composed (uncredited)



  1. Brad Buxer Interview (French) 4. Black & White magazine (November/December 2009). Archived from the original on October 6th, 2018. Retrieved on March 19, 2019. “Yes, Michael and I had made the following arrangements for the game, and it has served as the basis for Stranger In Moscow.
  2. Brandon Sheffield (December 4th, 2009). Out of the Blue: Naoto Ohshima Speaks. Gamasutra. Archived from the original on December 5th, 2009. Retrieved on March 19, 2019. “His shoes were inspired by the cover to Michael Jackson's Bad, which contrasted heavily between white and red -- that Santa Claus-type color.
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