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
, however, was more successful on the music charts than Jackson's previous studio album
, peaking within the top 10 on the Billboard 200
in the United States. Internationally, the album was less successful, peaking at number 12 in Canada, while charting within the top 200 positions in Australia and France.