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Michael Jackson was "determined" 'Bad' would outsell 'Thriller'.
The late King of Pop - who died of acute Propofol intoxication in 2009 - was "very self-motivated" and even pinned up signs around his house to urge himself to work harder on the iconic 1987 LP in a bid to outdo his previous effort, which is the best-selling album of all time.
Director Spike Lee - who has been working on 'Bad 25', a documentary about the making of the album - told MTV News: "I learned that, number one, he was very self-motivated. Even though it was an impossible task, Michael wanted 'Bad' to outsell 'Thriller'. And everywhere he'd go, he'd put up signs, write on mirrors in bathrooms; '100 million.' "
"He always wanted to surpass what he had done previously and 100 million albums sold. He was determined to do that."
Since its 1982 release, 'Thriller' has sold more than 110 million copies across the globe.
Though 'Bad' never matched its success, the record is still the fifth best-selling album of all time, shifting around 30 million copies worldwide.
Next month sees the release of 'Bad 25', a repackaged version of the album that will include the documentary, unreleased demo songs, remixes and concert footage.
Michael Jackson was apparently convinced his chimpanzee Bubbles had an instinct for being able to tell who in his family was trying to live off his fortune.
The late star is said to have barred siblings from his Neverland ranch if the pet did not like them.
Michael reportedly told staff: "He is a good judge of character."
A former housekeeper told The Sun newspaper: "Bubbles often would be a gauge for Michael to decide who should stay and go."
The revelation comes around the time that the performer's family endure an argument over his millions, three years after his death in Los Angeles aged 51.
His ex-employee said Michael would react to Bubbles response to his various relatives.
He would say: "They are only after my money."
Brothers Jermaine and Randy were said to be among those regularly snubbed.
Jermaine recently defected from a family letter criticizing the Michael Jackson Estate.
However he still has "deep reservations" about the executors.
Jermaine posted a long letter on his twitter account confirming the move.
He wrote: "I rescind my signature from the letter which was sent to the Estate, and which should never have gone public."
"I still hold deep reservations about many issues involving the Estate, and I will continue to bring scrutiny and a resolute voice wherever we have cause for concern. But the way to address such matters is through the proper channels and via a private dialogue, not public conflict."
A Brazilian model has claimed she was asked to marry Michael Jackson.
Xuxa - who has previously dated late racing driver Ayrton Senna and soccer legend Pele - was invited to see the late King of Pop several times and had dinner with him before one of his entourage suggested she would make a good wife for the singer and a great mother to his kids.
Xuxa - whose real name is Maria da Graca Meneghel - told TV Globo's 'Fantastico' show: "The entourage of Michael Jackson wanted him to marry, have children. They were looking for someone. I was working in Spain, they invited me to see his show several times.
"Later they called me to invite me to Neverland. He knew everything about me, he read everything about me. I had dinner with him.
"And later came a proposal from his impresario asking me whether I would consider living with him because he wanted to have children, marry. They thought marriage with a person concerned about children in Latin America would be a good thing."
Although Xuxa - who is now a children's TV host and Brazil's richest woman with an estimated fortune of $1 billion - was a big fan of Michael, who died of acute Propofol intoxication in June 2009, she turned down the proposal.
She added: "For me [Michael Jackson] was an idol, but from idol to something else there is a difference. My answer, obviously, was no."