Thriller is a 1982 album from Michael Jackson's. It was the sixth studio album and second solo album Jacksons at Epic Records. It was released on november 30, 1982. It became the most popular album by Jackson and took care of international fame. In 2007 placed the National Association of Recording Merchandisers and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the album on the third place of their "Definitive 200" list, a compilation of what is thought to be the greatest albums of all time. [1seven singles came from the album. This was also unusual for that time, usually involving only two to three singles were issued per album. On three of the seven singles ("The Girl Is MineBillie Jean and Thriller) appeared as the b-side Can't Get Outta The Rain, a Off the Wall-outtake. The album is in many ways a milestone in pop history. It was the best-selling album of 1983 in Netherlands. [2]

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Recording[Edit][edit | edit source]

[1][2]Quincy Jones, producer ofThriller.

The shooting took place between april and november 1982 at Westlake Recording Studios in Los Angeles. The production budget was $ 750,000, assisted by Quincy Jones. Michael Jackson himself has four of the nine songs written. He wrote the lyrics, however, not on paper, but dictated that via a memo recorder. Several members of the bandToto were also involved in the recordings. In total there are more than 30 songs recorded for this album.

The Girl Is Mine[Edit][edit | edit source]

[3]See also the main article The Girl Is Mine

On 14 april at 12: 00 noon started the recordings for the song The Girl Is Mine, a duet with Paul McCartney. McCartney was good friends with Michael Jackson at the time. They also took numbers on for McCartney's Pipes Of Peacealbum, which was a big hit "Say Say Say . But when Michael Jackson in 1985 bought the rights of Beatlessongs, ended the friendship. Michael Jackson once said that including the song one of his most enjoyable moments was in a studio.

Someone In The Dark[Edit][edit | edit source]

Jackson began In June 1982 with the recordings of the ET Storybook, based on the movie E.T. the extra-terrestrial. After telling the story, he would support the story with a single:Someone In The Dark. With the album won Jackson even a Grammy Award for Best Album for Children '. But it was no lasting success, because soon made the album place for the album Thriller, which was released later that month.

Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'[Edit][edit | edit source]

[4]See also the main article want to Be Startin' Somethin'

Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' was originally written for Jackson's sister La Toya, about her troubled relationship with her sisters-in-law. The song was recorded for Off the Wall, but eventually appeared not on the album. In the fall of 1982 the song was re-recorded and selected for the tracklist. The demo was released posthumously on the album This Is It.

Human Nature[Edit][edit | edit source]

[5]See also the main article Human Nature

Steve Porcaro, Member of the band TotoHuman Nature has written, which according to Jackson "the most beautiful melody has he had ever heard '. David Paich sent a cassette on with demos hoping to be selected for the album. Jones found his numbers unpleasant, but enjoyed the number at the end of the cassette. John Bettis was asked to write text for the song. The song was the last track that was selected for Thriller. It replaced the Carousel, which ultimately ended up not on the album. Human Nature was recorded in november 1982, a few weeks before the edition of the album.

Billie Jean[Edit][edit | edit source]

[6]See also the main article Billie Jean

Billie Jean is included in 91, the second of which takestake eventually ended up on the album. The first take, nicknamed Home Demo from 1981, is a well known Jackson because of the incorrect drunkenness, completely random words used. Truth, however, is that Jackson had not yet filled out the missing parts and full text with ' fabrications '. The story behind Billie Jean is based partly on truth. Jackson ever got a letter with a request for to commit suicide with a gun supplied. He was shocked and tried to put it out of his head. But later he met the girl himself, who accused him to be the father of one of her sons. Years later he wrote the text, in order to be rid of it. One day he drove on the highway and was deep in thought. Suddenly he got beat in his head, which he had never before heard. Jackson rushed to the studio to present it to Jones.

Beat It[Edit][edit | edit source]

[7][8]Eddie Van Halen did the guitar solo of Beat It.

[9]See also the main article Beat It

Quincy Jones, overwhelmed by the guitar work of Eddie Van Halen's Eruption, called Van Halen on Beat It with a guitar solo to support. When Eddie Van Halen entered the studio, he knocked on the door. Funnily enough this was exactly where Jones and Jackson were looking for and added it to the song, just before the solo began. The solo itself is included, however, in another studio, while Jackson Billie Jean in another studio to worked. Jackson had never shown interest for the rock and rollgenre, yet he wrote the song with that intention. The instrumental intermezzo was played by Steve Lukather of the Group TOTO.

P.y.t. (Pretty Young Thing)[Edit][edit | edit source]

[10]See also the main article p.y.t. (Pretty Young Thing)

P.Y.T. is a R & B song in which Jackson's sisters La Toya and Janet in the background are told. The demo, written by James Ingram, found Jones but nothing. Jackson wanted more pace, so Jones changed almost the entire text and melody. The demo was released on the album Michael Jackson: The Ultimate Collection. Ingram said later in an interview that Jones always fell asleep, and woke up only if asked him something.

Thriller[Edit][edit | edit source]

[11]See also the main article Thriller

When Rod Temperton wrote Thriller he thought of titles such as Starlight or Midnight Man, but decided to give it to call Thriller because he thought that title would sell better.Vincent Price, a friend of Jones's wife, would take care of the last verse. Michael Jackson did itself eight weeks on the inclusion of Thriller.

The friendship between Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones was during the shooting strained. When the nine songs were selected, they were both dissatisfied and mixed every song. Jones doubted about Billie Jean, because this was perhaps too personal. He wanted to trim the intro of the song, but Jackson refused. He said that gave him the feeling the intro to dance.

Queenlead singer Freddie Mercury gave in an interview that he also initially on Thriller would face. Michael Jackson at the time, Freddie Mercury and had three songs recorded. [3A number of mash-ups of their collaboration from this period circulating on the internet, the numbers There Must Be More to Life than This and State Of Shock. The third track, Victory has never leaked.

Numbers who were eligible, but not ultimately ended up on the album, were: CarouselNite LineTrouble (also: she's Trouble) and Hot Street (see also: "Outtakes"). Jackson also has a demo recorded by Thriller, called Starlight. Only Carousel and Hot Street have been completed. Trouble is later covered by Musical Youth, which was one of their best known hits.

Sales Figures[Edit][edit | edit source]

[12][13]The Platinum LP by Thriller

Exact sales figures for the album are-such as for virtually any album-difficult to determine. It is generally assumed that the best-selling Thriller album of all time is world-wide, with a total sales that before Jackson's death was estimated to be about 50 million copies. After his death, there are still some sold millions of copies, so that the total now around 60 million copies should lie. However, there are also sources that refer to against the 100 million units. It should be noted that sales figures are often exaggerated and difficult to prove.

In the US there are according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) 29 million copies of the album sold, accounting for 29 x Platinum. It is the best-selling album of all time in the us, along with Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 by The Eagles that also sold 29 million times[4.

In Netherlands are estimated to be around the Thriller 's 1 million copies sold. In the 1980s already became the album 8 x Platinum with differentiated, good for 800,000 copies.How many have been sold since then, is not known.

Style[Edit][edit | edit source]

According to Steve Huey of Allmusic were the dance and rock songs in comparison to more aggressive Off the Wall , and the ballads were softer and more animated. The music on the album is a combination of dancefunkR & B and pop music, with a style that ranges from passionate and loving ("Human Nature and Lady In My Life") to rough and energetic ("Beat it"). Of the nine songs, the seven singles all in the top-10 of the American hit parade. Responsible for the music of almost all songs include David PaichSteve Lukather and Jeff Porcaro of the band Toto. The guitar solo in Beat It is by Eddie van Halen.

Among the best known songs from the album include "Billie Jean", "Beat it," "Thriller" and "The Girl Is Mine", a duet with Paul McCartney. These numbers still apply as a leading for Jackson's oeuvre.

Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' "is a song accompanied by bass and percussion in the background. The climax of the song lies in the African mantra ' Mama Se, Mama Sa, Mama Coo Sa '. The song also contains reference to Billie JeanBillie Jean is always talking. The duet between McCartney and Jackson, The Girl Is Mine is about two friends who quarrel about a woman. This song also contains a famous quote: "I'm a lover, not a fighter. ' Thriller has a supernatural theme, with many sound effects like a creaking door, footsteps and howling wolves. During the last seconds of Thriller, you can hear special bulderlach of Vincent Price . He also spoke in a rap at the end of Thriller. The second piece of this did not appear on the album Thriller, but stood in Thriller-special edition and Thriller 25. In Billie Jean Jackson sings about an obsessed fan who claims that he has fathered a child by her. The anti-gang-song Beat It is a homage to West Side Story , and was Jackson's first successful rock song. Human Nature is a ballad about a Moody, but introspective man.P.y.t. (Pretty Young Thing) and The Lady In My Life gave the album a beautiful ending with R & B influences. Pretty Young Thing was written by Michael Jackson with the help of Greg PhillingenesRonald Reagansaid during Jackson's visit to the White House: "Let's give some t.l.c. to the p.y.t. 's. That may be a little Off The Wall but you know what I mean. "

Video clips and racism[Edit][edit | edit source]

[14][15]The Girl Is Mine also contributed to the fight against racial segregation in the United States.

For the edition of Thriller Jackson had struggled to promote his video clips on MTV, because he was black. But because of its great success with Thriller turned out MTV yet to be convinced and decided to broadcast his music videos. This also helped other black artists to improve their position. His success was unprecedented for a black artist in the 80 's.

Jackson saw his music videos as a kind of art form. He added a complex story line, dance routines and special effects to his videos, making it a movie-effect got. There were three ' Short Films gone from Thriller: Billie JeanBeat It and Thriller.

Reissues[Edit][edit | edit source]

A special edition was released on 16 October 2001 to promote Invincible. All songs were remastered and bonus material, including the songs there also appeared Carousel,Someone in the Dark and the original Billie Jean Demo from 1981. On 8 February 2008, Thriller 25 released with Jackson as Executive producer. Seven bonus tracks were added:For All Time, a short piece of a voice-oversessie with Vincent Price and five remixes with the American artists Fergiewill.i.amKanye West , and Akon. Two singles were released from the album: Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' 2008 and The Girl Is Mine 2008 .

Numbers[Edit][edit | edit source]

Nr. Title Writer (s) Duration
1. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'   Michael Jackson 6: 03
2. Baby Be Mine   Rod Temperton 4: 20
3. The Girl Is Mine (In duet with Paul McCartney) Michael Jackson 3: 42
4. Thriller (feat. Vincent Price) Rod Temperton 5: 57 am
5. Beat It   Michael Jackson 4: 18
6. Billie Jean   Michael Jackson 4: 54
7. Human Nature   Steve PorcaroJohn Bettis 4: 06
8. P.y.t. (Pretty Young Thing)   James IngramQuincy Jones 3: 59
9. The Lady In My Life   Rod Temperton 5: 00
Special Edition
Nr. Title Writer (s) Duration
10. Someone In The Dark (soundtrack of E.T. the extra-terrestrial) Alan BergmanMarilyn Bergman, Rod Temperton 4: 54
11. Billie Jean (original demo recording) Michael Jackson 2: 20
12. Carousel   Michael SembelloDon Freeman 1: 49

Grammy Awards[Edit][edit | edit source]

  • 1983-Beat it-Best Male Rock Vocal Performance
  • 1983-Beat it-Record Of The Year
  • 1983-Billie Jean-Best Male R & B Vocal Performance
  • 1983-Billie Jean-Best R & B Song
  • 1983-Thriller-Album Of The Year
  • 1983-Thriller-Best Engineered Recording, Non Classical
  • 1983-Thriller-Best Male Pop Vocal Performance

Chart Positions[Edit][edit | edit source]

"Thriller" in the Dutch Album Top 100 - inside: 11-12-1982
Week 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27
Number 40 16 11 7 7 4 4 3 2 2 2 1 1 1 2 4 4 5 4 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Week 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54
Number 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 4 4 7 7 8 8 11 14 12 13 13
Week 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81
Number 12 8 4 4 3 3 3 5 7 7 9 8 10 11 8 6 5 4 4 4 6 6 9 11 11 11 14
Week 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104
Number 17 23 25 30 26 24 22 19 19 21 21 23 23 23 34 38 39 45 45 from 93 95 77 87 from

Credits[Edit][edit | edit source]

  • Anthony Marinelli – synthesizer programming
  • Paul McCartney - The Girl Is Mine song
  • David Paich – keyboards, synthesizer, programming
  • Dean Parks-guitar
  • Greg Tambu also featured John James – keyboards, synthesizer, programming
  • Jeff Porcaro -drums, Horn, string-arrangement
  • Steve Porcaro-keyboards, synthesizer, programming
  • Vincent Price -voice-over Thriller
  • Bill Reichenbach-trombone
  • Bruce Swedien – recording engineer, mixer
  • Rod Temperton – keyboards, synthesizer
  • David Williams-guitar
  • Larry Williams-saxophone, flute
  • Bill Wolfer – keyboards, synthesizer
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