In the spotlight since the age of four, Michael Jackson rose to fame as the lead vocalist for the Jackson Five. In the late 1970s, Jackson embarked on a solo career as a young adult with the Quincy Jones-produced OFF THE WALL. With one hit album under his belt, Jackson proceeded to bring R&B to a whole new audience with his massive THRILLER release--one of the top-selling pop albums of all time--and his innovative videos, not only broke an unspoken color barrier, but began to dominate the newly founded MTV network. Although his personal life would become the ultimate fodder for the tabloids, the self-proclaimed "King of Pop" remained one of the most successful and influential recording stars worldwide until his sudden death in 2009 at 50.
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Where Off the Wall was pretty much straight good times, Thriller introduced dread into Michael Jackson''s solo work. By 1995''s HIStory, this element curdled into overwhelming self-regard and out-of-touchness, but here it''s bracing. While Thriller offers its share of cute ("The Girl Is Mine," a duet with Paul McCartney that was the album''s first single; "P.Y.T."), the most memorable cuts remain "Billie Jean," "Beat It," and "Wanna Be Startin'' Somethin''," all of which meld musical imagination and worried-mind lyrics.
There''s also the title track, which takes a cue from Parliament''s concept pieces in employing Vincent Price to warn that nonfunky forces will "terrorize y''all''s neighborhood." Thriller, of course, continues to battle with the Eagles'' first greatest-hits package for the title of biggest-selling U.S. long-player ever. Bonus material on this edition includes "Someone in the Dark," from Jackson''s E.T. children''s album, and a Quincy Jones interview in which the producer cites "My Sharona" as the inspiration for "Beat It"--and, even better, the real-life Billie Jean''s claim that Michael was "the father of one of her twins." --Rickey Wright
MICHAEL JACKSON ARTIST PROFILE:
Born August 29th 1959, the seventh child of the Jackson family, Michael's musical career began at the age of 11 as a member of the Jackson 5. A seemingly unstoppable talent, Michael began singing solo in 1971 and released his debut album "Got To Be There" by January of 1972...Read More.
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