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Michael Jackson: 'Thriller' Reaches Billboard Chart Milestone
As the saying goes, classic never goes out of style. In the case of Michael Jackson's Thriller, it never goes off the charts either.
Billboard has reported that the King of Pop's timeless LP has notched its 300th week on the Billboard 200, marking the 16th album to attain the feat. Thriller originally bowed on the chart at No. 11 in December 1982, rising to No. 1 in February 1983. It then proceeded on an unprecedented 37 weeks in the top spot.
Though Thriller is Jackson's longest-charting album by a mile, it still has a way to go to catch the album with the most weeks on the Billboard 200: Pink Floyd's The Dark Side Of The Moon, which has been on the chart for the dark side of an eternity at 931 weeks. Both albums have been inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame.
On the strength of Thriller and hits such as "Billie Jean," "Beat It" and the title track, Jackson cleaned up at the 26th GRAMMY Awards in 1984. The King of Pop won eight awards, including Album and Record Of The Year.
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'Michael Jackson's Thriller 3D' Set To Premiere
Michael Jackson's thriller is timeless — the album, the song and, of course, the video.
Now, the classic video will get a fresh facelift at the Venice Film Festival with the debut of Michael Jackson's Thriller 3D, an updated 3-D version using the latest available technology to present "the highest quality audio and visual experience."
"We took full advantage of the remarkable advances in technology to add new dimensions to both the visual and the audio," said John Landis, the film's director, "bringing it to a whole new level. Even though 'Thriller' was shot traditionally, I was able to use the 3-D creatively. Let me just warn you, there is a rather shocking surprise in there."
Debuting on MTV in December 1983, the original horror-inspired video for "Thriller" blazed a trail as one of the first popular long-form music videos, clocking in at 14 minutes with extended dramatic scenes, stunning visuals and iconic choreography.
The Venice Film Festival kicks off Aug. 30, and will also include a screening of the Making Michael Jackson's Thriller, the behind-the-scenes documentary that netted Jackson the GRAMMY for Best Video Album at the 27th GRAMMY Awards.
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Taylor Swift to Adele: Favorite Album Of The Year winner by a woman?
NPR has issued a riveting list of the 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women, which features a variety of GRAMMY winners from Alicia Keys, Aretha Franklin and Miranda Lambert to Joni Mitchell, Stevie Nicks and Beyoncé. An impressive group of women has won the GRAMMY for Album Of The Year for their own recordings — vote for your favorite below.