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Friday, June 26, 2009

I always want to do music that influences and inspires each generation

"I always want to do music that influences and inspires each generation."

 

About twenty five years ago, Ronald Reagan was president. Bon Jovi was formed, David Bowie asked people to dance, Prince talked about the year 1999 (so long away) and Culture Club sang something about Karma. Then there was Michael Jackson's Thriller.

The groundbreaking album was released on November 30, 1982 but dominated the charts the year after, spawning seven hit singles. It was cemented in the American Top 10 charts for 80 consecutive weeks, 37 of those weeks in the number one spot. And that's just in the US. Across the globe, singles from Thriller reached number one on in the UK, France, Australia, South Africa, (just to name a few) charts. The album has been certified 27 (yes, 27) times platinum. But the album was not the only thing to be catapulted into history books. Today's superstars such as Chris Brown, Justin Timberlake, and Usher all look to Jackson as a legend and emulate his signature moves such as the "moonwalk" and the "robot." Twenty-five years later, the world again celebrated the biggest-selling album of all time with a newly expanded version of Thriller. Today's hottest artists like Kanye West, Akon and will.i.am put their own unique spin on classics such as "Billie Jean," and "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin."

 

"It's like putting certain elements in one hemisphere and it produces this magic in the other," the King of Pop said of the album. "And getting in there with some of the great people, it's just wonderful." In other words, the world was thrilled. Again.

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