shocked fans by taking only two years to release his next new non-soundtrack studio album, Characters
. Unfortunately, it had long since become clear that Wonder
was willing to settle for good pop music without challenging himself to make great pop music. And by now, a big chunk of his formerly mass audience had gotten the message: this was Wonder
's first new album to miss the pop Top Five in 15 years. (The black music audience, however, responded far more favorably, as the album topped the R&B charts for seven weeks.) The biggest single was the "Superstition"-like dance track "Skeletons" (number 19 pop, number one R&B), and Wonder
also charted with the pretty "You Will Know" and an up-tempo duet with Michael Jackson
, "Get It."