Thriller is the sixth studio album by American singer Michael Jackson, released on November 30,1982 by Epic Records. The follow-up to Jacksons successful previous album, Off the Wall, Thriller explores genres similar to those of its predecessor, including pop, post-disco, rock and funk. Recording sessions for Thriller took place from April to November 1982 at Westlake Recording Studios in Los Angeles, Quincy Jones produced the album, while Jackson wrote four of its nine songs. In just over a year, Thriller became—and currently remains—the worlds best-selling album and it is the best-selling album in the United States and the first album to be certified 33x multi-platinum, having shipped 33 million album-equivalent units. Thriller is also the best selling album ever in Europe, with sales of over 17 million copies, the album won a record-breaking number of eight Grammy Awards in 1984, including Album of the Year. Seven singles were released from the album, all of which reached the top 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. Thriller also enabled Jackson to break racial barriers in pop music, via his appearances on MTV. The album was one of the first to use music videos as successful promotional tools, and that same year the album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, along with Jacksons Off the Wall album. In 2012, Slant Magazine placed Thriller at number one on its list of Best Albums of the 1980s, in 2003, Rolling Stone placed the album at number 20 on their list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The album was listed by the National Association of Recording Merchandisers at number three on its list of the Definitive 200 albums of all time, Jacksons previous album Off the Wall received strong critical acclaim and was also a commercial success, eventually selling over 20 million copies worldwide. The years between Off the Wall and Thriller were a period for the singer, a time of increasing independence. The period saw the singer become deeply unhappy, Jackson explained, Even at home, I sit in my room sometimes and cry. Its so hard to make friends, I sometimes walk around the neighborhood at night, just hoping to find someone to talk to. But I just end up coming home, when Jackson turned 21 in August 1979, he hired John Branca as his manager. Jackson confided in Branca that he wanted to be the biggest star in show business and the wealthiest. The singer was upset about what he perceived to be the under-performance of Off the Wall, stating, It was totally unfair that it didnt get Record of the Year, someday those magazines are going to be begging me for an interview. Maybe Ill give them one, and maybe I wont, Jackson reunited with Off the Wall producer Quincy Jones to record his sixth studio album. The pair worked together on 30 songs, nine of which were eventually included, Thriller was recorded at Westlake Recording Studios in Los Angeles, California, with a production budget of $750,000
Quincy Jones continued his collaboration with Jackson by producing Thriller
Thriller platinum record on display at the Hard Rock Cafe, Hollywood in Universal City, California.