Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ revolution turns 40

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Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson

Mixing rock, pop and RnB like never before, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”, 40 years old next week, became the most successful album of all time and defined a coming era with its audiovisual ambition.

“Thriller” has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide since its release on November 30, 1982.

It consecrated Jackson as the “King of Pop” and remains a musical lodestone.

Even renewed allegations of paedophilia in the 2019 documentary “Leaving Neverland” failed to dent his popularity, and Jackson’s reach has continued to grow, with his music currently ranked 60th in the world on Spotify with 36.7 million monthly streams.

His influence is still all over the charts, not least in the form of The Weeknd, whose music has channelled Jackson, from an early cover of “Dirty Diana” (2010’s “DD”) through to his recent chart-topping album “Dawn FM”.

“Michael is somebody that I admire. He’s not like a real person, you know? When I started making music, that’s all I wanted…



Source: Vanguard Newspaper