It seems fitting that at the end of Black Music Month, your choice for Top R&B Album was one made by Black music’s top-selling artist of all-time. Yes, the sweet-faced child who helped his family group to international fame and grew up to be a superstar was responsible for history’s top-selling album ever and it was your choice for #1. Micheal Jackson’s record-setting, groundbreaking second solo album “Thriller” was your top choice, beating out “What’s Going On” and “Songs In The Key of Life,” in the #2 an #3 slots. The success of “Thriller,” which sold an incredible estimated 51-65 million records worldwide is unlikely to ever be duplicated, considering the huge dropoff in albums sales since technology has made it easy for people to illegally download current releases.
Released on November 30, 1982, “Thriller,” produced by Quincy Jones, was Jackon’s second solo release after his years with the Jackson 5 and The Jacksons. His solo debut “Off the Wall,” yielded the hits “Rock With You” and “Wanna Be Starting Somethin'” but “Thriller” wold prove groundbreaking in several respects. “Beat It” was the first of several iconic Jackson videos to be played on MTV, although according to several sources, Jackson was not the first Black artist played on the network. “Beat It” took off, thus paving the way for Jackson’s phenomenal career as an international icon. Jackson won a then unprecedented 8 Grammys for “Thriller,” a record that spanned multiple genres and was both a critical and commercial success. It’s impact on pop culture was so dominant that it is in the Library of Congress’ national recording registry of culturally significant recordings.
ORIGINAL TRACK LISTING FOR “THRILLER”:
1. “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’” 6:02
2. “Baby Be Mine” (written by Rod Temperton) 4:20
3. “The Girl Is Mine” (performed with Paul McCartney) 3:42
4. “Thriller” (written by Temperton) 5:57
5. “Beat It” 4:17
6. “Billie Jean” 4:54
7. “Human Nature” (writtend by John Bettis, Steve Porcaro) 4:05
8. “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)” (written by James Ingram, Quincy Jones) 3:58
9. “The Lady in My Life” (Temperton) 4:59
Thanks for your votes and enjoy the rest of the Black Music Month!
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This Week’s Celebrity Instagrams (6/18-6/24)
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1. Me & the homie @jaleelwhite #RujohnFoundation Happy to be in Jamaica! Good times
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5. Good Morning. Early day in Detroit! Making press rounds for @thebossnetwork's Ladies That Lead Tour. Thank you @traycemadre and @colourbynumbr for my glam.
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6. POWER the best show on TV @djenvy, Queens we so big out here. #EFFENVODKA #FRIGO
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7. They said u lost a step, wasn't explosive as once was, the best days was in the real view, questioned your drive, your leadership, your commitment, you don't have killer instinct, going back home is the worst mistake in your career, he got the coach fired, players traded, won't work between him and Kyrie, Him and Kev won't work, love your teammates to much, there's no way he can deliver a championship in his hometown, etc etc etc.... But guess what THATS NONE OF MY BUSINESS #StriveForGreatness #ThisOneIsForTheLand #PutSomeRespeckOnMyName Hahahaha!!! Yes sir
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8. Oooooh weeee this man right here is responsible for at least three of our four babies!! #JOE ❤❤❤🎤 #rnb #king #voicelikebutter #ForPeetesSake
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9. Hanging with my @abcnetwork family! @abcunclebuck tonite y'all check us out ! @anthonyanderson @traceeellisross
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10. My broski ( @sayeedshahidi ) and I are on Top 5 Live on @go90 at 5 (which is super duper close)! Make sure to tune in :) #UncleBuck #Blackish
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11. Lights out💤 #GoodNight
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12. Late nights mornings
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13. Ran into the lovely talented @siedahgarrett on this brutiful favvuz deh!
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14. #halal #love #thedargans #kattwilliamsSHOW #mashallah when that Jennah piece HIT!! @sweetjennahcollection glasses by @baddieglamaccessories LIZ 😍 @dynamiteko top @dazzledmv and jeans @thevision414 and shoes: @louboutinworld
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15. Big Hair and Optical Illusions #OceanDrive #MiamiLiving #coverparty
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16. MAMA and THE SAVAGES ... ⚓️ #supportyourlocalgirlgang
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17. From the bottom of my ❤️, thank you new followers & old! & hello fellow night owls! #grateful #racheltrue #naturalhair #curlyhair #curlygirl #healthyhair
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18. I feel so grateful because I met these amazing young minds, visiting from Houston TX, during their college tour stop today at #usc.These students are ALL extraordinary and embody academic excellence so I'm humbled to have shared a few moments with them to applaud and celebrate their bright futures ahead! Thank you @EmergeFellows for inviting me to speak and blessing me with your love and attention this afternoon!
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19. Happy Fathers Day Pops. U taught me how to be a man. Lessons of love, hard work & gratefulness. Sorry the fishing didn't stick. LOL. I Love U!
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20. Sky Zone and Ice Cream! Best Fathers Day Ever!! Photo credit @mariahcarey
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21. Look what finally came in the mail 😎 #mtvmovieawards2016 💥+🌽! #straightouttacompton
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22. Claudia Jordan: ....
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23. 'Member that time I almost knocked a bajillion dollar camera off the car? Really? Yeah, me neither! #Greenleaf Episode 2 comin atcha!
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24. Full of love. #birthday #Cabo
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25. Oh hey! Look who just joined Snapchat
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