Thriller Album is by Michael Jackson, American singer-songwriter. His sixth studio album was released on the 30th of November 1982 under the record labels Epic Records in the United States and CBS Records internationally.
Produced by Quincy Jones with co-production by Michael Jackson, the singer wrote four out of the nine tracks on the album, ” Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ “, ” The Girl Is Mine ” ( with Paul McCartney ), ” Beat It ” and ” Billie Jean “.
With a production budget of $750,000, it is similar in feel to Off the Wall, Michael Jackson’s successful previous album, which had sales of 20 million worldwide. The Thriller album, which is made up of pop, rock and funk, received positive reviews in the music press. Christopher Connelly, writing for Rolling Stone Magazine criticized the single ” The Girl Is Mine ” but overall was impressed, writing that the Thriller album had ” a deeper, if less visceral, emotional urgency than any of his previous work, and marks another watershed in the creative development of this prodigiously talented performer. ” In his review for the New York Times on the 19th of December 1982, John Rockwell called the album a ” wonderful pop record, the latest statement by one of the great singers in popular music today. ” He praised the vocals and delivery of Micheal Jackson and the quality of the songs, concluding that ” Thriller suggests that Mr Jackson’s evolution as an artist is far from finished. ”
The Thriller album is still the world’s best-seller, with estimated sales of over 60 million copies. Michael Jackson won eight Grammy Awards in 1984 for the record, including Album of the Year, a record-breaking achievement.
The album has been added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry of culturally significant recordings, with the video for the single ” Thriller ” included in the National Film Preservation Board’s National Film Registry of ” culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant films “.
The Thriller album has been certified 33x Platinum in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America ( RIAA ) and 13x Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry ( BPI ) in the United Kingdom. In Australia, it has been certified 16x Platinum with a 12x Platinum certification in New Zealand, with 8x Platinum in both Austria and the Netherlands.
The most popular and famous single, ” Thriller “, was released on the 3rd of January 1984. Produced by Quincy Jones, the song was written by Rod Temperton, a Grammy award-winning British songwriter. He wrote or co-wrote songs for a range of recording artists including Heatwave, George Benson, Patti Austin, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Donna Summer, Stephanie Mills and The Manhattan Transfer.
” Thriller ” became a successful release for Michael Jackson. In the United States, the single entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number twenty, rising to peak at number four. It also topped the Billboard Hot Black Albums Chart ( today is known as the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart ).
In the United Kingdom, it entered the UK Singles Chart on the 19th of November 1983 and peaked at number ten, spending ten weeks in the Top Twenty and fifty-five weeks on the Top 100.
Elsewhere it topped the charts in Belgium, France and Spain and reached the Top Ten in the Netherlands, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Poland.
The Thriller album became a commercial success. In the United States, the album topped the Billboard 200 on the 26th of February 1983, spending thirty-six weeks at the top. It remained on the chart for 340 weeks.
In the United Kingdom, the Thriller album entered the UK Albums Chart on the 11th of December 1982 at the top, spending eight weeks at Number One. It spent eighty-one weeks in the Top Ten and 259 weeks on the Top 100. In 1983 it topped the charts in Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Italy and the Netherlands.
About Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson was an American singer, songwriter and record producer. Michael was born on the 29th of August 1958 in Gary, a city in Lake County, Indiana, United States.
Known to millions of fans worldwide as the ” King of Pop “, he became one of the most famous entertainers in history and one of the best-selling music artists of all time.
He started his professional music career in 1964 when he joined his family in the Jackson 5. In 1971 started his solo career, and during the early 80s, his popularity soared with a run of hit singles and Albums.
To date, Michael’s Album releases are ten Studio, one Live, seventy-two Compilations, three Soundtrack, seven Remix, six extended plays and two Posthumous.
He also released fifty-nine Singles as the featured artist and was involved with sixty other singles.
On the 25th of June 2009, Michael Jackson died. The announcement of his death caused the internet to slow and put pressure on services such as Google, AOL Instant Messenger, Twitter and Wikipedia. Web traffic directly after his death was some 20% higher than average.
Thriller Album Track Listing:
1. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’
2. Baby Be Mine
3. The Girl Is Mine ( with Paul McCartney )
5. Beat It
6. Billie Jean
7. Human Nature
8. P.Y.T. ( Pretty Young Thing )
9. The Lady in My Life