Michael Jacksons Off the Wall

A Groundbreaking Mega Album

By the time Michael Jackson died, Michael Jackson’s scandals were certainly scandalous, but in 1978, Michael Jackson was largely known to the world as a sweet, innocent little boy from the Jackson Five with an incredible voice. Michael Jackson's Off the Wall album was his first mega solo album, and it helped pave the way for his future successes, showing the public that he could really go it alone and be a success without his father backing him or his brothers singing and dancing with him. Around the time of Off the Wall, Michael Jackson’s scandals begun with Michael Jackson’s changing appearance; his skin color and his nose slowly yet surely began to look different. Yet, nonetheless, Michael's Off the Wall album paved the way for Michael Jackson’s Thriller in terms of Michael’s musical style and dancing moves. For Off the Wall, Michael teamed up with Quincy Jones, whom he had met while working on The Wiz in 1978. In 1979, Michael broke his nose and had rhinoplasty, beginning the cycle of plastic surgeries that led to Michael Jackson’s changing appearance.

The Off the Wall album had many famous songwriters, including Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, and Rod Temperton.

Michael Jacksons's Off the Wall album was released in 1979. It was the first album ever to generate four top 10 hits in the United States. Again, this album was groundbreaking in that it showed that Michael Jackson had the ability to break records; he would go on to break many more in the future. Two of the big hits from the album were Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough and Rock With You. The album sold about 20 million copies worldwide.

However, Michael Jackson felt that Off the Wall did not sell enough copies; he wished it would have done better. Michael was very ambitious. The Off the Wall video was well-received. Michael Jackson won three American Music awards for Michael's Off the Wall, and he won a Grammy Award. Critics also praised the album as a breakthrough for Michael as a solo artist, saying that he had truly established his own singing style.