Michael Jackson made a big impact in the music world. As an artist he was best known for his album Thriller which was originally released on November 30, 1982. According to thisdayin music.com, on February 26, 1983 Thriller went to No.1 on the US album chart. The site also states it went on to become the most successful album of all time with sales over 50 million copies.
The music video for the song Thriller was also a huge success. The video won for Best Performance Video, Best Choreography, and Viewer’s Choice at the first MTV Video Music Awards in 1984 according to songfacts.com. The site also states the clip was so effective that after six singles and a year of release, it boosted yet another track from the album into the Top 10.
The music video has a Halloween theme to it. In the video Michael Jackson takes his date to see a horror film and as he walks her home the dead arise from their graves. The dead surround the couple and in an instant to pop star becomes one of them. This is the longest music video running 14 minutes. The video cost $500,000 to make, and Jackson’s record company had intention of paying for it, since the album was on the downswing and they had already financed videos for two of its songs states songfacts.com.
Other songs that the king of Pop was known for on this album were Billie Jean and Beat It. According to songfacts.com Jackson based the song Billie Jean on a woman who used to stalk him, writing him letters about a son she thought was his. The song Beat It was written by Michael Jackson. He came up with it when his producer, Quincy Jones, encouraged him to write something like “My Sharona,” which was a huge hit for The Knack in 1979 states songfacts.com. The site also mentions Weird Al Yankovic did a parody of this song called “Eat It.” Rick Derringer played the guitar solo on his version.
On June 24, 2009 the King of Pop died of a drug overdose at age 50 in his Los Angeles home. At this time Michael Jackson was getting ready to make a comeback with concerts at London’s 02 Arena. Michael Jackson maybe gone, but his impact on the music world will always be remembered. Below is the Thriller music video.