Release year: 1996
Format: Compact Disc (Single), Card Sleeve
Label: EPIC - PRCD 96720
Special Features: VERY RARE promo-only release of the 'Olodum' video-version mix of the song (long & short versions), presented in card sleeve.
"They Don't Care About Us" is the fifth single from Michael Jackson's album HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I. It was accompanied by two music videos directed by Spike Lee. The first was shot in two locations in Brazil, in Pelourinho, the historic city center of Salvador, and in a favela of Rio de Janeiro called Dona Marta, where the state authorities had tried to ban all production over fears the video would damage their image, the area and prospects of Rio de Janeiro staging the 2004 Olympics. Still, the residents of the area were happy to see the singer, hoping their problems would be made visible to a wider audience. The second video was shot in a prison and contained video footage of multiple references to human rights abuses. Commercially, "They Don't Care About Us" became a top ten hit in all European countries and number one in Czech Repbulic, Germany, Hungary and Italy. In the US, radio stations were reluctant to play the controversial composition; it, however, managed to peak at number 30 on the Billboard Hot 100.
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