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  • Cut Song: According to popular lore, Jackson had co-wrote and produced nearly three dozen songs for Dangerous; many of them with Bryan Loren, who co-wrote and produced "Do the Bartman" with Jackson. Once Teddy Riley came on board, however, virtually all of these songs were shelved, or re-purposed. Here's a list of the few known tracks that surfaced:
    • "Someone Put Your Hand Out": Dates all the way back to the Bad album, and was produced by Teddy Riley. Was released as a Pepsi-exclusive single in 1992 for Jackson's world tour in Europe, but did not get a North American release until 2006, as part of the Ultimate Collection.
    • "Serious Effect": Unclear who it was produced by, but most sources point to Bryan Loren. Featured LL Cool J in a rap segment, did not get an official release. It was featured on the cancelled 2001 Dangerous bonus disc.
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    • "Work That Body": Also produced by Bryan Loren, did not get officially released and was featured on the cancelled 2001 Dangerous bonus disc..
    • "Superfly Sister": Also produced by Bryan Loren, was included on the "Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory In the Mix" remix album in 1997.
    • "Slave to the Rhythm": Produced by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds. Completed for Dangerous, but was cut. Eventually released posthumously on Xscape.
    • "She Got It": Producer unknown. Wasn't fully completed for Dangerous. It was also featured on the cancelled 2001 Dangerous bonus disc.
    • "Blood on the Dance Floor": Produced by Teddy Riley. Almost made Dangerous, but data limits on the disc forced Jackson to cut it. Eventually became the title track for the HIStory remix album in 1997.
    • "Ghosts": Produced by Jackson and Teddy Riley. was cut, but eventually re-purposed for Addams Family Values until Jackson was removed from the film's soundtrack. Eventually released on Blood on the Dance Floor.
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    • "What About Us": Early version of "Earth Song". was rewritten and released on HIStory in 1995.
    • "To Satisfy You": Produced by Jackson and Bryan Loren. Jackson was not fond of the song, so Loren released it on his own album in 1992 with his own lead vocals. Jackson's version has yet to surface.
    • "Joy": Produced by Teddy Riley and Jackson. Jackson rejected the song, though allowed Riley to record his own version with Blackstreet, which hit #43 on the Billboard Hot 100.
    • "Monkey Business": Produced by Bill Bottrell. Got cut early in the Dangerous sessions, and was featured on the cancelled 2001 Dangerous bonus disc. Eventually surfaced on the Ultimate Collection.
    • "If You Don't Love Me": Produced by MJ himself. Didn't make it onto Dangerous, but was featured on the cancelled bonus CD for the 2001 re-release.
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    • Happy Birthday, Lisa": One of two songs MJ co-wrote and produced for The Simpsons with Bryan Loren, and was recorded by Kip Lennon. Jackson's original demo was slated to appear on the cancelled bonus CD for Dangerous' 2001 re-issue.
    • "Men In Black": Producer unknown. It only appeared on the much sought after Promo (Flight Only) acetate given to some Sony executives who visited Neverland Ranch.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The bonus CD that was suppoesed to be included with the 2001 re-issue was pulled right before its release. It was leaked online soon after Invincible was released, and physical pressings are still highly sought after.
  • No Export for You: The original "Who Is It" music video did not see a North American release until well over a year after it's original release as a part of the video compilation Dangerous: The Short Films and it would be many more years before it was actually shown on US television.
  • What Could Have Been: "Dangerous" was set to be the tenth single from the album in 1994 but the allegations against him in addition to the lackluster performance of "Gone Too Soon" scrapped it. A music video was set to be made but instead, it ultimately became a video containing footage of various performances during his Dangerous World Tour from the video album Dangerous: The Short Films. Elements of the scrapped music video made it into the "You Rock My World" music video.
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