The “Thriller” download, available only to U.S. residents, will be free from Nov. 20-27. Google Play’s version of the album includes a special bonus track, “Billie Jean (home demo from 1981),” along with the original album version of that song.
The Internet giant is launching the promo to drive awareness of the Google Play digital storefront. It’s the 33rd anniversary of “Thriller,” which was originally released Nov. 30, 1982. The album won eight Grammy Awards, including album of the year, in 1984. Of the album’s nine tracks, four were written by the King of Pop and seven of the singles reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Jackson died in L.A. on June 25, 2009, at the age of 50.
According to Google, Jackson’s “Billie Jean” is currently the most-listened-to song from the album, followed by “Beat It” and “Thriller.”
To date Jackson has sold some 1 billion records worldwide and only one of a few artists to be inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Over the span of his career, he won 17 Grammy Awards and received 26 American Music Awards, including the Artist of the Century Award.
The singer-songwriter also broke new ground in music videos with short films for “Billie Jean,” “Beat It” and “Thriller.” In 2009, the “Thriller” video became the first and only music video inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry.