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HOT news: THRILLER dosiahol viac ako 30 miliónov

The Michael Jackson Estate™ dnes oficiálne zverejnili vyhlásenie, v ktorom potvrdili, že album Thriller dosiahol 30 miliónov predaných kopií v USA, čím sa stal oficiálne prvým albumom, ktorý prekonal túto "magickú hranicu", a je tak oficiálne aj certifikovaný združením RIAA (The Recording Industry Association of America), ktoré sleduje a klasifikuje predajnosť nahrávok v USA.

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Album Thriller je tak stále, a neprekonateľne, najpredávanejším albumom všetkých čias s celosvetovým predajom viac ako 100 kópií.

Podľa vyhlásenia, predajnosť nahrávok Michaela Jacksona presiahla viac ako 1 miliardu kópií, čím je naďalej najpredávanejším umelcom na svete.

Album Thriller prekonal množstvo rekordov, ktorými sa zapísal do dejín hudby.

Na čele amerického rebríčka albumov sa držal 37 týždňom, kde zároveň dominoval viac ako 2,5 roka v TOP10, a v rokoch 1983 a 1984 bol najpredávanejším albumom roka.

V 112-stom týždni predajnosti dosiahol rekordnú hranicu 20 mil. kusov, oficiálne tak bol 30.10. 1984 uznaný ako najpredávanejší album v USA, a celkovo na svete.

Album získal nespočetne veľa cien, vrátane rekordných 8 cien Grammy z 12 nominácií.

OFICIÁLNE VYHLÁSENIE MJ ESTATE: LINK

MICHAEL JACKSON’S THRILLER IS THE FIRST ALBUM CERTIFIED RIAA 30X MULTI-PLATINUM THE KING OF POP MAKES HISTORY (AGAIN)!

THRILLER REMAINS THE BIGGEST ALBUM OF ALL TIME, TOPPING 100 MILLION SALES WORLDWIDE

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the Estate of Michael Jackson, Epic Records and Legacy Recordings announced today that Michael Jackson’s THRILLER is the first album in RIAA Gold & Platinum Program history to be certified 30X Multi-Platinum for U.S. sales, continuing The King of Pop’s reign as the biggest selling artist of all time with worldwide sales of over 100 million for Thriller and 1 billion overall.

“RIAA has awarded Gold & Platinum records on behalf of the music business for nearly 60 years, but this is the first time an artist has crossed the 30X multi-Platinum plateau,” said Cary Sherman, Chairman & CEO, RIAA. “We are honored to celebrate the unique status of Thriller in Gold & Platinum history. What an exceptional achievement and testament to Thriller’s enduring spot in our hearts and musical history.”

Michael Jackson’s masterpiece Thriller, produced by Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson, won a record setting 8 Grammys, more than any album ever, and has been earning awards and setting new standards of success since its release on November 30, 1982. Thriller spent nearly 2 -1/2 years on the Billboard album chart and holds a modern day record of 37 weeks at #1. It was the first album in history to spend each of its first 80 weeks in the album chart’s Top 10, a feat only reached by one other album in the more than three decades since. During its 112th week on Billboard’s album chart, it became the first title ever to be certified RIAA 20X multi-Platinum (October 30, 1984). Worldwide, Thriller went to #1 in practically every country in the world, including the UK, France, Italy, Australia, Denmark, Belgium, South Africa, Spain, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada and apartheid South Africa.

The album was acclaimed for its range and depth. Rolling Stone referred to the album as a ‘’watershed” moment for Michael, and Newsweek prophetically wrote that “Michael’s voice haunts these songs, gives them heart…It is what will make this music endure.” Seven tracks from the album became Top 10 singles, and three, “Beat It”, “Billie Jean” and “Thriller”, went #1. ALL nine assumed a permanent place in hearts and memories of everyone on the planet.

More than just an album, Thriller has remained a global cultural multi-media phenomenon for both the 20th and the 21st centuries, smashing musical barriers and changing the frontiers of pop forever. The music on Thriller is so dynamic and singular that it defied any definition of rock, pop or soul that had gone before. ‘“Beat It” was a new kind of pop rock hybrid and demolished the longstanding segregation between black and white music with Eddie Van Halen’s incendiary guitar. On “The Girl Is Mine” a black man and a white man bantered about the same girl. On the same album were songs like the African-rooted “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’” and the rhythm and blues based “Billie Jean”. No one had ever released an album with such a vast range of material.

“Perhaps Michael’s most significant racial trailblazing came with music videos,” wrote Joe Vogel in Man in the Music. Fascinated with the fledgling art form Michael wanted to tell a story and entertain on a grand scale. Despite the luscious cinematography, dramatic narrative and spectacular choreography of “Billie Jean”, a fledgling MTV, which was programming white rock artists almost exclusively, refused to play it. Epic persisted. Once the wall came crashing down, MTV’s ratings soared and a door was opened for a generation of African American artists. “He was MTV’s Jackie Robinson,” said cultural critic Touré. Next came the unforgettable short film for “Beat It” which featured Michael bringing two gangs together through the power of music and dance. And then there was “Thriller”. Premiered at the AVCO Theatre in Los Angeles in 1983, it sold out every night for three weeks. No other video before or since has generated such excitement and has such a hold on our attention such that more than 30 years later we all share it as a collective memory and it remains the only music video to be inducted into the elite National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.

The importance of Thriller was recognized by Michael Jackson’s industry peers at the Grammys. Thriller was nominated in a record breaking 12 categories, and won a history making eight, which stands as the record for most Grammy Awards to be won by any album. Seven of those Grammys that year were awarded to Michael for: Album of the Year; Record of the Year ("Beat It"); Best Male Pop Vocal Performance ("Thriller"); Best Engineered Recording, Non-Classical (Thriller); Best Male Rock Vocal Performance ("Beat It"); Best Male R&B Vocal Performance ("Billie Jean"); Best R&B Song ("Billie Jean"). (Michael's eighth Grammy that year was in the Best Recording for Children - Single or Album, Musical or Spoken category for "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial"). That same year, Michael Jackson took home eight American Music Awards and three MTV Video Music Awards. The following year, "The Making of Michael Jackson's Thriller" took home the Best Video Album trophy at the 27th Annual Grammy Awards.

During his extraordinary career, Michael Jackson sold more than a billion records worldwide, released 13 No.1 singles and became one of a handful of artists to be inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Guinness Book of World Records recognized Jackson as the Most Successful Entertainer of All Time and “Thriller” as the World's Top-Selling Album of All Time. His artistry, choreography and music continue to inspire generations of pop, soul, R&B and hip-hop artists and fans.

"It is crystal clear that Michael Jackson is simply the greatest, and biggest artist of all time," says LA Reid, Chairman & CEO

of Epic Records. "Not only are his charts hits and sales stats staggering, but his pure musicality was other-worldly. Thriller was groundbreaking and electrifying...it was perfection. I am extremely proud that Michael is the heart and soul of Epic Records and he will forever remain the one-and-only King of Pop."

“100 million albums and counting. There has never been a phenomenon like Thriller,” says John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson. “Michael opened the floodgates of his creativity, explored emotional depths and pushed the boundaries of sonic innovation. In the process, he breached destructive barriers in the music industry and literally united the world through his music: there isn’t a place on this planet that hasn’t been exhilarated by the music of Michael Jackson. 30 years after its release, Thriller continues to be a revelation.

Music from Thriller and Michael’s other hit albums is featured in the hit Las Vegas show Michael Jackson ONE, produced by Cirque du Soleil and the Estate of Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson ONE is selling out shows and amazing fans at the Michael Jackson ONE Theatre at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas.

Spike Lee dokument

Dokument o Michaelovej ceste od Motown až po Off the wall bude mať premiéru na Sundance filmovom festivale 21. januára v Park City v Utahu. Na dokumente Spike Lee spolupracoval s Wernerom Herzogom.

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Vložila: Zuzcoj

20. výročie vydania skladby EARTH SONG

Znie to neuveriteľne, ale 3. Decembra uplynulo 20 rokov od vydania skladby Earth Song.

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Skladba sa stala skladbou roka 1995 v Európe, a pre Michaela Jacksona mala veľký význam aj v jeho kariére.

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Najúspešnejšou sa skladba stala v Británii, z ktorej sa predalo celkovo viac ako 1,1 milióna kusov, a na čele britskej singlovej hitparády bola 6 týždňov, vrátane vianočného týždňa.

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Earth Song je najpredávanejšou skladbou v Michaelovej kariére v Británii.

Skladba nadväzovala na hymnické eposy ako je We Are The World, Man In The Mirror či Heal The World, a dodnes je jednou z najhranejších vôbec.

Ku skladbe bolo vytvorené aj epické video, ktoré poukazuje na krehkosť sveta a ako ho ničíme...

Skladba mala pôvodný názov ‘What About Us’, a bola nahraná počas nahrávania albumu Dangerous, na ktorý bola pôvodne plánovaná.

Skladba sa stala známa aj kontroverziami, ktoré vyvolalo vystúpenie počas Brit Awards či World Music Awards, alebo po smrti Michael počas vystúpenia umelcov na Grammy 2010 s 3D verziou pre This Is It turné (mimochodom, táto skladba bola poslednou, ktorú Michael skúšal na svoje turné).

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Zvláštnosťou bolo aj to, že skladba nebola nikdy oficiálne vydaná v USA, napriek tomu, že video získalo nomináciu na Grammy, a skladba vyhrala aj cenu za podporu na ochranu životného prostredia - Genesis Award: 1995 Doris Day Music Award, alebo Le Film Fantastique: Best Video Award.

Odkaz tejto skladby je stále aktuálny, čo dokazuje nielen vysielanosť skladby.

Kompetné info tu - LINK

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update: Nová fotka Michaela na výstave

"Nová" fotka Michaela Jacksona, ktorá doteraz nebola zverejnená, šokovala nielen fanúšikov.

Slávny celebritný fotograf Greg Gorman urobil s Michaelom niekoľko dnes už slávnych fotiek, ale aj niekoľko, ktoré nikdy neboli publikované.

Jednou z nich je aj táto, na ktorej je údajne pravá fotka Michaela ako sedí polonahý na zemi.

Táto fotka je vystavená aktuálne v Berlíne na Gormanovej výstave fotiek.

Podľa jeho vyjadrení, keď s ním Michael fotil, rozprávali sa o príbehoch o jeho fotkách, aj o tom, ako by bolo najlepšie vystihnúť nejaký moment.

Michael mu mal povedať, že sa mu veľmi páčia jeho fotky polonahých tiel, a že aj on by chcel nejakú urobiť, a tak urobili túto, ktorá ale nikdy nemala byť zverejnená, a mala byť použitá len pre osobné účely.

Fotografia vznikla niekedy na prelome 80. a 90. rokov (niektoré články uvádzajú v popise, že ide o rok 1987), a fanúšikovia porovnávajú detaily, ktoré im nesedia na fotke ako je účes alebo použitá rukavica na ruke, ktorú Michael prvý krát takto použil počas natáčania klipu Dirty Diana (Bad éra) a neskôr aj v klipe Black Or White.

Niektorým fanúšikom sa nepozdáva aj tvár, a tvrdia, že ide o upravenú fotku.

Napriek pochybám fanúšikov, ide o skutočného Michaela.

UPDATE: info o pravosti fotky potvrdila aj Karen Faye, ktorá posdľa jej slov asistovala pri fotení ako Michalova osobná vizážistka, a má viac fotiek a záznamov priamo z fotenia:

"I have a collection of photos and items. I have a treasure trove of memories. For those who spread rumors and lies about me, I have not ever stolen from a fan, wrote or sold a book, auctioned off items, or lied. I will not share photos from that shoot, because Michael decided he did not want them released. please be satisfied to just enjoy what the photographer (probably shouldn´t have) released. Greg Gorman is an artist too, that Michael CHOSE to shoot this. I find this very different from having his unreleased music finished by lesser artists chosen by the estate and sold. This photo is really Michael, it is beautiful and authentic."

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