Amidst predictions of the recording industry’s demise (which we’ve been hearing about since the introduction of the tape player), we’re reminded once again that people are still willing to pay for good music.
RIAA chairman Cary Sherman has released a statement today praising the “exceptional achievement” of Michael Jackson’s 1982 masterpiece receiving 100 million sales: with 30 million in the US alone.
On release, Thriller spent 37 weeks in the Number 1 spot of the Billboard charts, included seven Top 10 singles, and eventually won eight Grammies (from 12 nominations). Not a bad effort, all things considered.
While the album has undoubtedly influenced a generation of artists, the lead video-clip will also be remembered for changing how we consume music. You can remind yourself here:
Still one of the greatest video clips of all time, it really is a shame we never got to see just a little bit more of Michael on screen…