“The late 20th century pre-eminent pop icon.”
“A musical phenomenon…in the world of pop music, there is Michael Jackson and there is everybody else.”
New York Times
Vincent Price was offered $20.000 for his guest performance on THRILLER, or alternatively, a percentage profit-sharing (royalties) deal for the album THRILLER and the short film. He accepted the cash. In 1990, he described his decision with a tender smile…as the worst mistake he had ever done in his life. “But, I am happy for Michael, I am proud of him!”
In November 2006, Michael Jackson accepted the WORLD MUSIC AWARDS special DIAMOND AWARD, which honors those recording artists who have sold over 100 million albums during their career. This award has only been given to five artists. Michael Jackson received the award for being the most successful musician of all time, his lifetime achievements, and especially for the remarkable success of his album, THRILLER, the biggest-selling album of all time.
“When Quincy Jones, Bruce Swedien, Rod Temperton and myself created the THRILLER album, it was my dream that THRILLER would become the biggest-selling album ever. God has answered my prayers. 25 years later, THRILLER has become the biggest-selling album of all time, with 104 million copies sold. I thank God and you for the success. There have been so many who have loved me, and stood by me throughout the 42 years that I have been in the entertainment business. While I cannot name all of them, I would like to thank: My wonderful children, Paris, Prince and Blanket for their unconditional love and support. My mother and my father. My brothers and my sisters, my entire family for their love and support. I thank YOU. I love all the fans from the bottom of my heart.”
November 15, 2006
Michael Jackson was awarded with a special lifetime achievement award at the NRJ Awards in Cannes, France on January 26, 2008. The NRJ is Europe’s biggest private radio chain.
“It is hard to believe that 25 years ago, Quincy Jones and I embarked on an album named THRILLER. To be able to say that THRILLER still holds the record as the biggest-selling album of all time, is just mind blowing. I have you, my fans throughout the world, to thank for this achievement. There is still much more to come from Michael Jackson. My passion for music has never stopped. And for those who don’t know, I’ve been in the studio recording THRILLER 25 Anniversary Album, with a lot of surprise guests. It’s my hope that THRILLER continues to live on for each new generation to discover. And thank you to my fans, I love you from the bottom of my heart and I hope to see you very soon. I love you. God bless you.”
Michael Jackson’s THRILLER album is considered important enough to keep for all time. It’s among the 25 recordings included in the United States Library of Congress National Recording Registry. The National Recording Registry preserves recorded works that are considered culturally or historically important. The recordings aren’t all music. Others that have been added include the first Trans-Atlantic broadcast from 1925 and the ‘Sounds of Earth’ disc prepared for the Voyager spacecraft in 1977
“Michael is probably the most talented person in the world, and moreover, highly professional in the studio, maybe the most professional I’ve ever met with an extraordinary discipline and perfectionism. His fantasy, his talent…he is very, very unique. And THRILLER…it was Michael’s coronation and still…it’s unbelievable.”
THRILLER 25 Michael’s Personal Thoughts
PEACEFUL BE HEAVEN
PEACEFUL THE EARTH
PEACEFUL THE BROAD SPACE BETWEEN
PEACEFUL FOR US THE RUNNING WATERS
PEACEFUL THE PLANTS AND HERBS
PEACEFUL WHAT IS DONE AND UNDONE
PEACEFUL TO US WHAT IS AND WHAT WILL BE
MAY ALL TO US GRACIOUS BE.
Prince, Paris, and Blanket…You are my peace, my joy, my hope and my life.
In memory of my dear friend, Marlon Brando…I love you, I cherish you, I miss you.
In memory of James Brown…who continues to be my biggest inspiration.
To all my fans…my deepest gratitude for your love, loyalty, and endless support.
All my friends…I thank you.
Michael Jackson is the most successful recording artist in entertainment history. In a career spanning four decades, he has earned the title of KING OF POP. He is not only the most successful singer in entertainment history, but also a songwriter, dancer, choreographer, actor, filmmaker and celebrity icon with a vast catalog of hit records and countless awards to his credit. Beyond that, he has transformed the world like no other entertainer before or since. As a solo performer, Michael Jackson has enjoyed a level of super-stardom that will probably never be surpassed in the entertainment industry and pop culture.
GRAMMY LEGEND AWARD
ARTIST OF THE CENTURY
BEST SELLING ARTIST OF THE MILLENNIUM
ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME
SONGWRITERS’ HALL OF FAME
DANCERS’ HALL OF FAME
POP STAR OF THE MILLENNIUM
24 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS
17 GRAMMY AWARDS
34 BILLBOARD AWARD
12 WORLD MUSIC AWARDS
800MILLION RECORDS SOLD
BIGGEST SELLING ALBUM OF ALL TIME
BIGGEST SELLING ARTIST OF ALL TIME
BIGGEST SELLING VIDEO OF ALL TIME
18 NUMBER ONES
10 NUMBER ONE ALBUMS
There has been the purest of joys in recording some of the highlights of MICHAEL JACKSON’S THRILLER ERA, because it has caused me to return to a time when Michael’s light flooded our world on a daily basis. I have smiled and wept. Offering a glimpse into the miracle of a man who captures our hearts and souls these many years later, the pure fun of remembering gives us flight. We soar, using everything we have learned, everything we feel, everything we know. IT IS A THRILLER.
In our unconditional love, we give it back.