“The record is a masterpiece in rhythm, melody, harmony, and style written by a legend whose influence extends all over the world. Without Michael Jackson my music wouldn’t be what it is today.” - Tao on Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller'
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Thriller was released on 30 November 1982, and quickly became the best-selling album of all time.
It was the 6th solo studio album by the 24-year-old Michael Jackson, and record executives were worried that the album’s sales would be a disappointment compared to Jackson’s previous release, Off the Wall, especially given the lead single, “The Girl Is Mine,” which had been released on 18 October, and while it sold well, did not give any indication of the massive success the album would have.
Thriller had 7 of its 9 songs released as singles (all reached the Top Ten), and the album has sold more than 46 million copies worldwide (the next best-selling album is AC/DC’s Back in Black with 26 million copies sold). It was the best-selling album in the US in both 1983 and 1984, and continues to sell more than 100,000 copies each year.
to ‘Thriller’ on my Dad’s record player. Once I was old enough to use the
record player. That took a little while. Dad was like you have to know how to
do it right. You have to know how to put the needle on the, on the vinyl. Don’t
scratch it. It took a while to learn.” - Adam Lambert
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On this day in music history: February 26, 1983 - “Thriller” by Michael Jackson hits #1 on the Billboard Top 200 for 37 weeks (non-consecutive), also topping the R&B album chart for 37 weeks (non-consecutive) on January 29, 1983. Produced by Quincy Jones (with three tracks co-produced by Michael Jackson), it is recorded at Westlake Audio in Los Angeles, CA from April 14 - November 8, 1982. The album spins off an unprecedented seven top ten singles during which time it spends two extended runs of 17 weeks a piece (on the Top 200) between February 26 - June 18, 1983 and December 24, 1983 - April 14, 1984, retaking the top spot for 2 weeks from July 9 -16, 1983, and for one week on September 10, 1983. It dominates the top spot on the R&B album chart for the majority of 1983 from the end of January through September 1983 (only interrupted by The Isley Brothers’ “Between The Sheets” album for one week on July 23, 1983), then returning to the top of the chart for five consecutive weeks in March - April 1984, in the weeks after Jackson’s unprecedented Grammy Awards sweep. Following the broadcast of Jacksons’ appearance on “Motown 25” on May 16, 1983, the album sells an astounding one million copies in a single week. For much of the next year and a half, “Thriller” keeps up this incredible sales pace, moving from between 300,000 and 500,000 copies per week. Its next largest sales spike occurs in the weeks following the initial broadcast of the “Thriller” short film. CBS Records reports that the album has sold over 750,000 copies in December of 1983 alone, more than one year after its release. By June of 1984, “Thriller” has reached sales of over twenty million copies in the US alone, establishing it as the largest selling album in history. As of February 2017, “Thriller” is certified 33x Platinum in the US by the RIAA, increasing its lead as the top selling domestic album of all time. The Eagles “Their Greatest Hits - 1971 - 1975” at 30x Platinum is number two on the all time best sellers list. “Thriller” was also inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2008, and in the same year it is selected by the National Recording Preservation Board for preservation in the Library Of Congress for its ongoing historic and cultural significance.