A 25th anniversary edition of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” will be released on Feb. 12 by Epic/Legacy Recordings.
“Thriller” is recognized as the world’s biggest-selling album of all time. The deluxe edition will include the original album plus eight bonus tracks and a DVD featuring the short films/videos of “Thriller,” “Beat It” and “Billie Jean” and his breakout performance of “Billie Jean” at the “Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever” TV special.
Five of the new tracks have never been released: a Kanye West remix of “Billie Jean”; a new version of “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’” with Akon and will.i.am; will.i.am remixes of “The Girl Is Mine” and “P.Y.T.”; and “For All Time,” newly mixed and mastered by Jackson. The other bonus tracks are “Someone in the Dark,” “Carousel” and the demo recording of “Billie Jean.”
Legacy previously issued a remastered version of “Thriller” in 2001 around the same time that Jackson’s “Invincible” was released. Jackson has not released an album since.
Originally released Nov. 30, 1982, “Thriller” was Jackson’s sixth solo album. It spent 80 consecutive weeks in the American top 10, 37 of those at No. 1. Seven of the album’s nine tracks became top 10 singles. It is the only record to be America’s top-selling album two years running (1983, 1984).
The RIAA has certified it 27-times platinum. It was declared the bestselling album of all time in 1985, a year after Jackson won eight Grammys, seven of which were for his work on the album.