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Michael Jackson's 'Thriller 40' Documentary To Premiere In December

It's been more than 40 years since the release of Michael Jackson's groundbreaking album Thriller.

In celebrating the impact of the album over nearly the last half century, Paramount + and Showtime will premiere a documentary titled Thriller 40 on Dec. 2.


The documentary will feature interviews with Usher, Mark Ronson, Mary J. Blige, Thriller music video director John Landis, Maxwell, will.i.am and more. The film was directed by Nelson George and produced by Optimum Productions and Company Name. Colin Hanks, Sean Stuart and Jackson estate co-executors John Branca and John McClain serve as producers.


The recently released trailer shows footage of the album’s production process, the music videos, the Moonwalk (which Jackson debuted at 1983’s Motown 25 special), and the eventual world phenomenon the album and Jackson became after the album's release.


Thriller was Jackson's sixth solo album, which was released on November 30, 1982, and spawned seven top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 including two No. 1s: Beat It and Billie Jean. In addition to winning eight Grammys, the album has been RIAA-certified at 34 times platinum and amassed more than 100 million in sales worldwide, making it the biggest-selling album of all time.


“It’s the ultimate blueprint to modern pop music,” Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am says in the trailer. “If Thriller came out today, it would still be the greatest album ever made," he added.


While speaking on Thriller's impact in the documentary's trailer journalist Steven Ivory said, "There are two things in the music business: before Thriller and after Thriller.”


Check out the trailer below.





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