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2017 has been a big year already in music, especially for streaming, festivals and Latin pop. With summer sneaking into the rearview and stores filling up with Halloween paraphernalia, we want to know which upcoming fall album release you're looking forward to the most.
So here's your chance to be heard: From Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato and Taylor Swift to in-the-works new offerings by Sam Smith and Nicki Minaj, what's album are you looking forward to the most in fall 2017?:
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Halloween is around the corner, so whether you are finalizing the details on your to-the-nines costume or searching for where you left those cat ears and tail you wear every year, we want to know what song is your favorite for getting in the spirit of ghosts and stuff.
Perhaps the end of October means you'll be playing one of the classic spooky songs on repeat, like Michael Jackson's legendary "Thriller," originally released Nov. 30, 1982, Rockwell's paranoia-at-its-finest anthem from 1984, "Somebody's Watching Me" featuring Jackson, or Bobby "Boris" Pickett's instant Halloween-classic "Monster Mash" from 1962.
Maybe you like to change things up, and you are really digging Gerard Way's "Baby You're A Haunted House," released Oct. 25 by the My Chemical Romance frontman. You might also be more of the strobe lights on the dancefloor type, with your go-to ghoulish jam more of an EDM classic, like deadmau5's "Ghosts N Stuff" from 2009 or Skrillex's "Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites" from 2010.
Vote below to let us know which song is your personal Halloween classic.
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"Your body starts to shiver for no mere mortal can resist the evil of the thriller." — Vincent Price, "Thriller" voiceover
By the time "Thriller" was released as a single on Nov. 2, 1983, few mortals had resisted the juggernaut that was Michael Jackson's album of the same name.
The sprawling title track was the seventh — yes, seventh — and final single from the LP, following (in reverse order of release) "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)," "Human Nature," "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin,'" "Beat It," "Billie Jean," and "The Girl Is Mine" featuring Paul McCartney.
Each single reached the Top 10, an unprecedented feat, with "Beat It" and "Billie Jean" topping the Billboard Hot 100 and "The Girl Is Mine" stopping just short at No. 2.
Though "Thriller" stalled at No. 4, it made the most lasting impression of all of the album's hits, thanks to its accompanying video. Clocking in at nearly 14 minutes, the elaborate production was truly a watershed moment for MTV. The "Thriller" video featured direction by John Landis, a screenplay, choreography, make-up and costumes, and special effects — resulting in a work that hinted at the boundless possibilities of merging filmmaking and music.
When it came time for the 26th GRAMMY Awards in 1984, Jackson savored arguably the biggest night of his music career. The King of Pop went to the podium at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles to accept eight GRAMMYs, including Record and Album Of The Year and Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical. "Thriller" would be responsible for two GRAMMYs: Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male and Best Video Album for Making Michael Jackson's Thriller, a captivating story behind the scenes document of the iconic video.
Jackson's haul set a record for the most GRAMMYs won in one night, a feat that has only since been equaled by Carlos Santana.
With Halloween scheduled on a Tuesday this year, the chance to scare up some fun really begins in earnest this weekend.
The animated and all-ages friendly "Michael Jackson's Halloween" promises to get Halloween weekend off to mysterious start, airing Friday, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. on CBS.
The special follows characters Vincent and Victoria, who meet on Halloween night and find themselves, along with Ichabod the dog, at the spooky This Place Hotel, located at 777 Jackson Street. Inside, Vincent and Victoria proceed on a thrilling adventure of personal discovery, culminating in a spectacular dance finale featuring the King of Pop.
Jackson's likeness also appears in other forms throughout the special: as the Man in the Moon, a bat, a dancing jack-o'-lantern, and a mad-scientist cat.
According to those working on the project, Jackson — whose iconic "Thriller" is a Halloween playlist staple — seems a natural fit for a Halloween special.
"Michael was a big kid who loved Halloween and loved animation, and, of course, his video 'Thriller' is the most popular music video of all time," John Branca, executive producer and co-executor of the Michael Jackson estate, told Detroit News. "We thought: Michael deserves to be part of Halloween."
"We wanted to imbue the show with the legacy of Michael and the world he created, and the songs that mean so much to so many people," said Mark A.Z. Dippe, the show's director. "We wanted to tell a story that brought all that to life."