Friday, November 30, 2012

Michael Jackson's "Thriller" Album Celebrates 30th Anniversary

I'm sure at one point all of us have tried to do a Michael Jackson dance... more than once. I remember even wanting that iconic red jacket that he wore in his Thriller music video. 

Well, today marks the 30th anniversary since Michael Jackson's Thriller album was released. Thriller - Michael's sixth studio album - was released on November 30, 1982.

Michael was only 24-years-old as he was recording songs from the historic album with his then producer Quincy Jones. Michael also wrote the first four singles of the album, hits that we still jam to today:  "The Girl Is Mine," "Billie Jean," "Beat It" and "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'."

This was 1983's best-selling album worldwide and The Making of Michael Jackson's Thriller even won a Grammy in 1985 for 'Best Music Video, Longform.' 

Michael's performance of "Billie Jean" was the highlight of the 1983 TV special Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever which gave us the debut of Michael's first recorded "Moonwalk" (a dance I still can't manage to do!) as he sang the classic song "Billie Jean."

In 2008, the album was voted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and that same year, a 25th anniversary edition became the second best-selling album in the U.S. for two weeks!

Thriller is a classic album, one of those albums that will never get old and the songs will never be played out. 

Michael has forever changed the music business and he is by far the greatest entertainer ever - a musical genius indeed.

There will never be another one like him.

Thank you Michael Jackson for what you have given us and for changing the music, dance and entertainment scene forever! 

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