Get the Michael Jackson Halloween T Shirt . Thriller is the sixth studio album by American singer Michael Jackson, released on November 30, 1982, in the United States by Epic Records and internationally by CBS Records. It explores genres similar to Jackson’s previous album, Off the Wall, including pop, post-disco, rock and funk. Recording sessions took place from April to November 1982 at Westlake Recording Studios in Los Angeles, with a production budget of $750,000. Quincy Jones produced the album and Jackson wrote four of its nine songs.
Get the Michael Jackson Halloween T Shirt . In just over a year, Thriller became and currently remains the world’s best-selling album, having sold an estimated 66 million copies.[nb 1] It is the second best-selling album in the United States and was the first album to reach 30× multi-platinum, with U.S. shipments of 33 million album-equivalent units certified; only the Eagles‘ album Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) has sold more copies. The album won a record-breaking eight Grammy Awards in 1984, including Album of the Year. It produced seven singles—”The Girl Is Mine“, “Billie Jean“, “Beat It“, “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’“, “Human Nature“, “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)“, and “Thriller“—all of which reached the top 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. Thriller broke racial barriers in pop music, enabling Jackson’s appearances on MTV and meeting with President Ronald Reagan at the White House. The album was one of the first to use music videos as successful promotional tools, and the videos for the songs “Thriller”, “Billie Jean”, and “Beat It” all received regular rotation on MTV.
Get the Michael Jackson Halloween T Shirt . When Jackson turned 21 in August 1979, he hired John Branca as his manager. Jackson confided in Branca that he wanted to be the biggest and wealthiest star in show business. He was upset about what he perceived to be the under-performance of Off the Wall, saying: “It was totally unfair that it didn’t get Record of the Year and it can never happen again.” He also felt undervalued by the music industry; in 1980, when Rolling Stone declined to run a cover story on him, Jackson responded: “I’ve been told over and over that black people on the cover of magazines doesn’t sell copies … Just wait. Someday those magazines are going to be begging me for an interview. Maybe I’ll give them one, and maybe I won’t.”
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