December 1st marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Thriller, the amazing history making album that held it down as the best selling album of all time for several years until recently the Eagles: Their Greatest Hits took the spot. In an exclusive interview Michael talks candidly with Ebony about the making of the album including working with siblings Janet and Randy, collaborating with legendary Quincy Jones and soulful favorite James Ingram, and how the album's release led to changing the visual landscape of MTV.
"They came right out and said it--they wouldn't play my music. It broke my heart...I refuse to be ignored. So I came up with Thriller and I was always trying to out do myself...But when they played it [Billie Jean] it set the all time record. Then they [MTV] were asking me for everything we had."
Included in the twelve page article is a special Q&A. In it Jackson also talks openly about his creative process, fatherhood, spirituality, and heading back into the studio (HALLELU-ER!).
"The key to being a wonderful writer is not to write. You just get out the way. Leave room for God to walk in the room. And when I write something that I know is right, I get on my knees and say, thank you."
Watch the video for a behind-the-scenes look of the photo shoot that produced the great picture on the cover and inside the magazine. Then Check Ebonyjet.com to get more insights gained by the editors during their time with MJ and more exclusive footage.
I must say MJ looks fabulous in this issue! The hair, the clothes, the lighting--everything. He looks happy and well rested. Applause to hair, makeup, crew and to stylist Phillip Bloch, whom I met a year ago at the My Nappy ROOTS film screening in New York--small world! The white tux and silver themed outfits complemented the article are killer!
Now to bring you up to date on the legendary Thriller album here's some music facts:
- Best Selling album worldwide, 104 million copies internationally, 54 million domestic
- Best Selling album in multiple years, 1983 and 1984
- 122 weeks on Billboard's 100 Chart
- 37 weeks at No. 1
- 7 top 10 singles (Billie Jean and were No.1 singles)
- 7 Grammy Awards
And if you ever doubted MJ's impact musically and socially. Watch this!