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33 Years Later, a New Record for Thriller

Michael Jackson becomes first artist to attain 30-time multiplatinum status

(Newser) - Michael Jackson's Thriller is still scaring up sales and giving the King of Pop's legacy a new milestone. The album has sold 30 million copies in the United States, making Jackson the first artist to attain 30-time multiplatinum status, the Recording Industry Association of America and Jackson's... More »

50K Cheer Jacko's Kids at Tribute Show

Paris wears replica of dad's 'Thriller' jacket at Michael Forever

(Newser) - Michael Jackson's trio of offspring took to a glove-shaped stage last night to pay tribute to their late dad—with more than a passing nod to Jacko's sense of style, notes People . "We're very happy to be here on this special night to honor our father,... More »

Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Jacket Sells for $1.8M

Proceeds will help care for Jackson's two tigers

(Newser) - Just days after the anniversary of his death, a famed black-and-red calfskin jacket that Michael Jackson wore in the classic Thriller video has sold at auction for $1.8 million. The jacket is one of two Jackson wore during the filming of the 1983 Thriller video. The buyer is Texas... More »

For Sale: Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Jacket

Legendary piece of memorabilia expected to fetch up to $400,000

(Newser) - You might own a cheap knockoff of Michael Jackson's iconic "Thriller" jacket, but if you've got a couple hundred thousand dollars burning a hole in your pocket, you can snag the real thing. The red and black leather jacket worn by the King of Pop in the... More »

Library of Congress Immortalizes Jackson's 'Thriller'

It's the first music video to make the National Film Registry

(Newser) - Michael Jackson has scored another posthumous honor: The Library of Congress has selected his "Thriller" video to be among the 25 films added this year to the National Film Registry. It's the first music video to make the cut. Other honorees include The Muppet Movie, Dog Day Afternoon, Pillow ... More »

Zombies Unite to Challenge Thriller Record

Undead throngs dance to honor Michael Jackson's memory

(Newser) - Tens of thousands of people in dozens of cities around the world turned out last night to honor Michael Jackson with a world record for the number of people performing a single song simultaneously. The Thriller-a-thon, dubbed "Thrill the World," was an attempt to shatter the current record... More »

Best YouTube Wedding Dances

Nope, Kevin and Jill weren't the first

(Newser) - Jill and Kevin Heinz made a splash when their wedding-entrance dance video went viral—but they weren’t the first couple to surprise guests with their groove. E! runs down some of the most popular YouTube wedding dance clips:
  • Thriller: Brian and Sandy Lundmark managed to impress the King of
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Thriller Nears All- Time US Sales Record

Set to break Eagles' Greatest Hits figure

(Newser) - Buoyed by the singer’s passing, Michael Jackson’s Thriller looks set to match the Eagles’ Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 as the bestselling album ever in the US, Billboard reports. The Eagles compilation was certified 29 times platinum in 2006, having sold at least 29 million copies—but Billboard says... More »

King of Pop Still Reigns on Charts

Album sales up 90% from first week

(Newser) - Michael Jackson is still dominating the Billboard charts, with his solo albums selling 800,000 copies in the first full week after his death and 2.2 million songs downloaded. His Number Ones collection is the top-selling album in the US as well as No. 1 on Billboard’s Top... More »

Michael's Last Rehearsal: 'I Feel So Alive'

Photog, friend reveals Jackson's excitement at performing again

(Newser) - The photographer who captured Michael Jackson’s image at his last rehearsal reveals the singer was upbeat and energetic on his final night. “He was totally there—100% there in fact,” Kevin Mazur tells the Mirror. “You would never suspect this would have ever happened—especially after... More »

Jackson Finished New Video Weeks Before Death

(Newser) - Michael Jackson finished an elaborate video production two weeks before he died, sources tell the AP. The five-week project filmed at Culver Studios, dubbed "Dome Project," could be the final finished video piece overseen by the King of Pop. Four sets were constructed, including a cemetery recalling Jackson's... More »

Forget Thriller: Off the Wall Was His Best

(Newser) - It’s no exaggeration to say that Michael Jackson “made a more profound impact in the arenas of soul, R&B and dance-pop than any other singer or songwriter in history,” writes Jim DeRogatis in the Chicago Sun-Times. But while many fans reach for Thriller, “widely considered... More »

Jackson in Talks for Live Shows

King of Pop planning a pop revival to stem financial troubles

(Newser) - Michael Jackson is staging a concert comeback, the New York Daily News reports. The pop star is in talks to headline up to 30 live shows in London or Las Vegas this year. “It will be the greatest comeback in the history of pop,” one source says. The... More »

Jacko Plans Broadway Thriller

(Newser) - The Gloved One is planning a comeback on Broadway, E! Online reports. After years of promising a return to showbiz, Michael Jackson has agreed to stage a musical based on his smash record, Thriller. He will supervise "every aspect of the creative process," a rep says, allowing producers... More »

Jackson Will Testify in UK Trial

King of Pop will claim prince's $7M advance was gift

(Newser) - Michael Jackson will appear in a London court next week in a civil trial over his soured partnership with Bahrain's Sheikh Abdullah, the Guardian reports. The Sheikh reportedly gave Jackson a $7M advance for several joint business ventures that never came to fruition, including building Jackson his own "oasis... More »

Thriller Joins Top US History Trove

Jackson hit album added to prestigious aural archives

(Newser) - Michael Jackson's Thriller has been added to the prestigious National Recording Registry's archive of the most important recordings in American history, Variety reports. The monster 1982 hit joins 24 other "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" new additions to the collection, including a 1925 recording of the first-ever broadcast to... More »

Thriller Inmates Do Live Shows

Audience watches numbers from platform above grounds

(Newser) - Inmates at a Philippines prison who made it big on YouTube dancing to Thriller are now a live attraction, Reuters reports. Hundreds of viewers each month stand on platforms around the jail's exercise grounds to watch prisoners dance to songs like Queen’s Radio Ga Ga and Bonnie Tyler’s ... More »

Michael Jackson Comeback in the Works

MJ back in the studio with high-profile advisers

(Newser) - The King of Pop is cooking up what one TV pundit calls "the biggest comeback since Lazarus," the Observer reports. After years of legal and financial woes and self-imposed exile, the Gloved One is forging new material and planning a possible concert tour, reportedly collaborating with pop culture... More »

Sony Goes Viral With 'Thriller'

New YouTube videos promote song's 25th anniversary

(Newser) - When Sony BMG wanted to work up some excitement for the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” a conventional campaign using the reclusive artist didn't look like a winner. So the label went the guerrilla route, staging “impromptu breakouts” of the "Thriller" zombie dance at... More »

Thriller Revives 'Prettiest Star'

25th anniversary reissue both 'lame' and 'legendary,' critics say

(Newser) - Thriller's 25th anniversary reissue shows why Michael Jackson was once "the coolest, slinkiest, prettiest pop star alive,” Rob Sheffield writes in Rolling Stone. Six “lame” remixes by stars like Fergie, Akon, and Kanye West apparently indicate the best-selling album of all time "cowed" the cover artists,... More »

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