Ben is the second studio album by American singer Michael Jackson, released by Motown Records on August 4, 1972, while Jackson was still a member of The Jackson 5. The album received mixed reviews from contemporary music critics. Ben was more successful on the music charts than Jackson’s previous studio album, having charted within the top ten on the Billboard 200. Internationally, the album was less successful, peaking at No. 12 in Canada, while charting within the top 200 positions in Australia and France.
Worldwide, Ben has sold a reported 5 million units. The album released one single, the title track “Ben”, which was a commercial success on music charts, topping both the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and the Australian ARIA charts, giving Jackson his first No. 1 single, domestically and internationally. “Ben” also charted within the top ten in other territories worldwide. “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool” was planned to be released as the second single from the album, but was canceled for unspecified reasons. Two of the album’s songs were “stripped” in 2009 as part of the three-disc compilation Hello World: The Motown Solo Collection.