Michael Jackson's Thriller is a music video for the Michael Jackson song "Thriller". It was directed by John Landis, written by Landis and Jackson, and released on December 2, 1983. In the video, which references numerous horror films, Jackson and his girlfriend (played by Ola Ray) are confronted by zombies while walking home from a movie theater. Jackson becomes a zombie and performs a dance routine with a horde of the undead.
Michael Jackson's short film for "Thriller" was the third of three short films produced for recordings from Thriller, which continues its reign as the biggest selling album of all time with worldwide sales in excess of 105 million as of June 1, 2016 and in December 2015 became the first ever album to be awarded triple diamond status (. sales in excess of 30 million) by the RIAA for US sales alone. The "Thriller" single reached No. 1 in four countries in 1984, topping the . Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart as well as charts in Spain, France and Belgium
Thriller is Michael Jackson's 6th studio album, released by Epic Records on November 30, 1982. Thriller became the best selling album of all time with an estimated 110 to 145 million copies sold worldwide. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' (recorded April – November 1982). Baby Be Mine (recorded April – November 1982).
That alone would have given the album a good shot at a huge audience, but it also arrived precisely when MTV was reaching its ascendancy, and Jackson helped the network by being not just its first superstar, but first black star as much as the network helped him. This all would have made it a success (and its success, in turn, served as a new standard for success), but it stayed on the charts, turning out singles, for nearly two years because it was really, really good.
Michael Jackson - Thriller.
As Michael Jackson's "Thriller" marks 30 years of pop mastery, we look at how one album conquered racial divides and evolving platforms at MTV and radio to change the world. 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