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The purpose of the hiccup—somewhat like a gulping for air or gasping—is to help invoke a certain emotion, be it excitement, sadness or fear.
The cover for Thriller features Jackson in a white suit that belonged to photographer Dick Zimmerman. The gatefold sleeve reveals a tiger cub at Jackson's leg, which, according to Zimmerman, Jackson kept away from his face, fearing he would be scratched. It also spent a record 37 weeks at number one on the Billboard , from February 26, to April 14, , and has remained on the chart for weeks and counting.
Seven singles were released, with the first being " The Girl Is Mine ". It was criticized as a poor choice of lead single, and its release led to predictions by critics that listeners would find the album disappointing and to suggestions that Jackson was bowing to a white audience. Billboard ranked it as the No. It also became Jackson's best-selling solo single. It also reached number two on Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.
Pretty Young Thing " charted at number 10 on the Billboard Hot The title track was released as a single on November 2, It was one of the first videos by a black artist to be aired regularly by the channel, as the network's executives felt black music was not " rock " enough. The paparazzo never catches him, and when photographed Jackson fails to materialize on the developed picture. He dances to Billie Jean's hotel room and as he walks along a sidewalk, each tile lights up at his touch.
It is also notable for its "mass choreography" of synchronized dancers, which was the start of Jackson's trademark music videos. The video references numerous horror films. He compared the songs on the album with the life challenges that the year-old Jackson had faced since Off the Wall , while observing that he "dropped the boyish falsetto" and was facing his "challenges head-on" with "a feisty determination" and "a full, adult voice".
Connelly emphasized Jackson's musical progression from Off the Wall , writing, "Jackson's new attitude gives Thriller 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.
Rockwell believed it helped breach "the destructive barriers that spring up regularly between white and black music", especially as "white publications and radio stations that normally avoid black music seem willing to pretend he isn't black after all". A year after the album's release, Time summed up the three main singles from the album, saying, "The pulse of America and much of the rest of the world moves irregularly, beating in time to the tough strut of 'Billie Jean', the asphalt aria of 'Beat It', the supremely cool chills of 'Thriller'.
It was a record for the times, brimming with breathless anticipation and a dread fear of the adult world, a brilliant fantasy that pumped with sexual heat, yet made room for serious reflection". Blender described Jackson as the "late 20th century's preeminent pop icon", while The New York Times gave the opinion that he was a "musical phenomenon" and that "in the world of pop music, there is Michael Jackson and there is everybody else".
As a result, Jackson earned record-breaking profits from compact disc sales and from the sale of copies of the documentary, The Making of Michael Jackson's Thriller , produced by Jackson and John Landis. Funded by MTV, the film sold over , copies in its first few months. In a market then driven by singles, Thriller raised the significance of albums, yet its multiple hit singles changed perceived notions as to the number of successful singles that could be taken from an individual album.
Randy Taraborrelli explains, "At some point, Thriller stopped selling like a leisure item—like a magazine, a toy, tickets to a hit movie—and started selling like a household staple".
The publication described Jackson's influence at that point as, "Star of records, radio, rock video. A one-man rescue team for the music business. A songwriter who sets the beat for a decade. A dancer with the fanciest feet on the street. A singer who cuts across all boundaries of taste and style and color too". When Thriller and "Billie Jean" were searching to reach their market demographic, MTV and cable TV had a smaller market share than the much larger reach of broadcast television stations in the United States.
Included in their list of The 40 Most Groundbreaking Albums of All Time, Rolling Stone wrote, "It's hard to imagine the present-day musical landscape without Thriller , which changed the game both sonically and marketwise. The album's nervy, outsized blend of pop, rock and soul would send seismic waves throughout radio, inviting both marquee crossovers like Eddie Van Halen's guitar solo on "Beat It" and sneakier attempts at genre-meshing.
The album's splashy, cinematic videos — from the John Landis-directed short film that promoted "Thriller" to the West Side Story homage accompanying "Beat It" — legitimized the still-nascent form and forced MTV to incorporate black artists into its playlists.
Its promotional strategy, which led to seven of its nine tracks being released as singles, raised the bar for what, exactly, constituted a "hit-laden" LP. Beyond breaking ground, it broke records, showing just how far pop could reach: the biggest selling album of all time, the first album to win eight Grammys in a single night and the first album to stay in the Top 10 charts for a year. Epic Records also reflected on the importance of the album: "More than just an album, Thriller has remained a global cultural multi-media phenomenon for both the 20th and the 21st centuries, smashing musical barriers and changing the frontiers of pop forever.
The music on Thriller is so dynamic and singular that it defied any definition of rock, pop or soul that had gone before. From the moment Thriller was released, it set the standard for the music industry: artists, record labels, producers, marketers and even choreographers. The music video was ahead of its time and it is considered a monumental one—not only in Jackson's career, but also in the history of pop music. Epic Records' approach to creating a song and video that would appeal to the mass market ended up influencing the way that professionals now market and release their songs.
Before the success of Thriller , many felt Jackson had struggled to get MTV airing because he was black. His position persuaded MTV to begin airing " Billie Jean " and later " Beat It ", along with Prince 's " Little Red Corvette " which led to a long partnership and later helped other black music artists to gain mainstream recognition.
When the minute-long Thriller video aired, MTV ran it twice an hour to meet demand. They were already pleased with its success, so Jackson convinced MTV to fund the project.
Author, music critic and journalist Nelson George wrote in , "It's difficult to hear the songs from Thriller and disengage them from the videos. For most of us the images define the songs. In fact it could be argued that Michael is the first artist of the MTV age to have an entire album so intimately connected in the public imagination with its imagery".
For a black artist in the s to that point, Jackson's success was unprecedented. According to The Washington Post , Thriller paved the way for other African-American artists to achieve mainstream recognition, such as Prince. He is the hottest single phenomenon since Elvis Presley. He just may be the most popular black singer ever. Thriller has continued to receive positive reviews.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic wrote that it had something to interest everyone. He believed it showcased harder funk and hard rock while remaining "undeniably fun", and wrote that "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'", was "the freshest funk on the album [but] the most claustrophobic, scariest track Jackson ever recorded.
Thriller had extra musical help in becoming the best-selling non compilation album of all time: Jackson's dancing feet and dazzling stage presence, amplified by the newfound promotional reach of music video and the Reagan era 's embrace of glossy celebrity.
But especially in the album's seven hit singles out of nine songs , the music stands on its own. Kelly , Usher , Justin Timberlake and countless others with Thriller as a textbook".
In , Thriller was awarded the Special Billboard Award to commemorate its 10th anniversary. The book states; it is the finest example of perfect disco pop, and a record that should be prescribed to musical snobs and manic depressives.
Thriller was reissued on October 16, , in an expanded set, Thriller: Special Edition. The album is remastered and includes a new booklet and bonus material, including the songs "Someone in the Dark", "Carousel" and Jackson's original "Billie Jean" demo, as well as audio interviews with Jones and Temperton. Thriller 25 was a commercial success and did particularly well as a reissue. FREE Shipping. Only 2 left in stock - order soon. Bad - 25th Anniversary by Michael Jackson Feb 12, Only 17 left in stock - order soon.
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I'm also not into music like Akon's Will. This CD is more than good enough. But don't take it from me, listen for yourself on Spotify. You probably already have an idea whether you'd like this album or not.
MJ's songs are legendary. But if you're a new fan, and thinking of giving the full album a try, do it! This is music as it should be. The world lost something great in MJ. But his albums will be selling for another 30 years. Iconic Album MJ his best,g vinyl version of this album is simply superb, although a slight warp on my disc, however, plays fine. If you have a good record deck buy this version as the sound quality surpasses the CD version as the CD sounds clinical and hard compared to vinyl which has warmth in every groove.
Still sounds fresh, pop at its best. A truly superlative album. I don't have much to add to what has already been said about this album; the best-selling album of all time has had far better writers and finer ears pen their thoughts on Thriller. Baby Be MIne and P. There's a reason this is the best-selling album of all time, and it still holds up perfectly incheck the value of your vinyl records by searching our archive.