Michael Jacksons Thriller

Can You Say Crossover

Michael Jackson’s scandals put him in the news all the time for a wide variety of things, from Michael Jackson’s changing appearance to his strange behaviors to his alleged child molestation, yet at the end of the day, few can argue that Michael Jackson was a musical genius who changed the face of music forever. The best-selling album Thriller basically established Michael’s legacy and set the reputation of Michael Jackson in stone; without Thriller, Michael might not be nearly as famous as he is today. Even Michael Jackson’s Bad and History, both of which were very notable and successful albums, pale in comparison to the success that the record-breaking album Thriller had in terms of sales, hits, and how memorable they are in terms of Michael’s legacy. Thriller was released in 1982, and it had broken many records. In fact, the all-time best-selling album Thriller is the most commercially successful album of all time, which means that Michael Jackson holds the record that no one else in the world can claim to hold. In addition, the record-breaking album Thriller was in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 for 80 straight weeks! It was in the number position for more than thirty five weeks.

Some of the biggest hits on Thriller were Beat It, Billie Jean, and of course, the song Thriller, which spawned the famous music video that will be remembered forever.

The ground breaking video Thriller was very long; it lasted a total of 14 minutes. It came out in 1983 and was directed by John Landis. At the time, it was the most expensive video ever to be produced; in fact, it set the Guinness world record for the most expensive music video at that time. The groundbreaking video Thriller is so famous because it combined music and film; it was more of a short film than true music video. It had a plot, character development, and it was much longer than traditional music videos.

In addition, the choreography in the Thriller music video became famous. It is still imitated today. For example, there is a video that can be found on the Internet of prisoners in the Philippines doing the Thriller dance, showing just how far-reaching Michael Jackson’s appeal truly is.