Saturday, November 30, 2013

Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' How One Album Changed the World

This is a Great article from Steve Greenberg, published on Billboard last year to celebrate the 30 anniversary of Thriller. This is a MUST read for all musical buffs, historians and especially each new generation of MJ fans. Less anyone forgets the impact Thriller had on the success of the whole musical industry. Thriller's was also very significant in breaking down racial and other barriers in the music industry and society that was prevalent at the time it was released. No other Album has ever had such a impact. ~ Qbee

Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' 
How One Album Changed the World

"Thriller" conquered racial divides and evolving platforms at MTV, radio

When executives of CBS Records went about the business of preparing for the November 30 release of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" in the fall of 1982, they knew they had on their hands a terrific album by one of the biggest superstars in the music industry. But they were also a bit concerned, since the timing of Jackson's follow-up to his mega-selling 1979 album "Off The Wall" could not have seemed worse.

For starters, the record industry as a whole was in a bad slump, with shipments industry-wide down by 50 million units between 1980 and 1982. CBS Records' own profits were down 50% and sales were down over 15% for the year. As a result, major company-wide layoffs occurred in mid-August, on a day the company would remember as "Black Friday." CBS desperately needed Jackson's album to be a hit, but market conditions appeared daunting. ....

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Looks like we can expect another Great Thriller Article from Steve Greenberg in the near future :)

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