Release year: 1997
Format: Compact Disc (Single), Card Sleeve
Label: EPIC - XPCD 2156
Special Features: Rare Promo-Only release, presented in a uniquely embossed card sleeve.
"Blood on the Dance Floor" was released as the first single from the remix album Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix. Michael Jackson and Teddy Riley created the track in time for the 1991 release of Dangerous. However, it did not appear on that record and was worked on further for its commercial release in 1997. The song is about a predatory woman by the name of Susie, who seduces Jackson before plotting to stab him with a knife. The composition explores a variety of genres ranging from funk and new jack swing. The single peaked at number 42 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and reached number one in Denmark, Italy, Spain, New Zealand and the UK. It also reached the top 10 several other countries, including Australia, Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Scotland, Sweden, and Switzerland. The song was promoted with a music video that premiered on Top of the Pops. It centered on Susie seducing Jackson in a courtship "dance", before opening a switchblade. "Blood on the Dance Floor" was the only track from the remix album performed on the HIStory World Tour.
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