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Thriller 40 – 40 years of freight and funk

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Micheal Jackson’s Thriller Album is one of the most loved and best-selling albums of all time and it’s just turned 40! Many people are celebrating the revolutionary album by listening to it and buying the Remastered version for it to mark the milestone called Thriller 40! The album debuted on November 29, 1983, to critical and commercial successes, and within 15 months of its release, it became the best-selling album in the history of the music industry selling more than 22 million copies. The album also later won a record-breaking 8 Grammys at the 1984 Grammy Awards with Micheal taking home the Album of the Year award and many others. While we are talking about the album I want to talk about the a\lbum’s title track Thriller and the production of it and the impact that it had.

Aftersales of the album started to die down a bit, and Jackson’s promoter persuaded Micheal to make a third music video to join the other singles on the album, Billie Jean and Beat It. But Micheal didn’t want his music videos to be like those that were being made at the time. With a lot of them being nothing too impressive and felt more like commercials than music videos. He wanted them to be “genre advancing,  innovative, and inventive” Micheal said, “I want to be a pioneer in this relatively new medium and make the best short music movies we could make!”.

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Jackson soon hired John Landis to direct the music video due to him making a couple of horror films with a bit of a comedic style to them. During the filming of Thriller, multiple celebrities were spotted on set such as Marlon Brando, Fred Astaire, Rock Hudson, and Jackie Kennedy Onassis. While Eddie Murphy, Prince, and Dianna Ross were seen at the private premiere of the music video. 

After the video premiered on MTV on December 2nd at midnight it sealed the network’s reputation as a new cultural force getting rid of the racial barriers in the stations treatment of music. At the end of production, Thriller’s cost was 900,000 dollars. Which at the time I would even say now is a huge amount of money for a music video. But Micheal thought of a genius way to get back the money. He hired a second filming crew to document the making of the music video and all the behind-the-scenes of it which he later released and called “The Making of Thriller”. “The Making of Thriller ” reportedly sold a million copies and was shown on MTV as well as Showtime which boosted its popularity.  The video and its title song released in February 1984, drove 40 million additional sales of Thriller in the first six months after its release. So after Thriller turned the making of music videos into a proper industry, it launched  Thriller-mania! The video won three MTV awards, two American music awards, and a Grammy. In 2009, it became the first music video inducted into the Library of Congress National Film Registry designated as a film treasure. And of course, we all know the iconic dance that is shown in the music video With Michael in his red jacket dancing with a punch of zombies that has been replicated again and again in pop culture. But in the end, the Powerful impact that Thriller has had not only in the music industry but on the whole world is unforgettable! And though it’s true that a lot of people listen/watch it around Halloween time, we all have to admit that no mere mortal can resist the evil of the Thriller!

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Ivan Amador, News Reporter
Being fun creative and adventurous is a lot of things people want to have in a person, but when I met Ivan Amador, a News Reporter in Journalism, he fit that criteria for everyone. Being friends with Ivan can prove to you that it would be the greatest decision of your life. This guy has a lot of energy in order to keep the hype up for a group of people and friends. I think of Ivan when I interviewed him as a loyal man with definitely a lot of free will, that he is able to just live his life the way he wants to. When it comes to the future I definitely see that he would be the best news reporter in Journalism to bring energy and amazing work to the class.  Ivan loves lasagna, he finds it an incredible Italian food that he thinks “it’s impossible to mess up and it’s easy to make”. He finds it more of his favorite to the point where he would eat lasagna as his only meal for the rest of his life. To go along with that he also likes to add his favorite drink, which is a Hispanic drink called Fresca, he describes it like it was Sprite and Squirt mixed together and it’s delicious. Food is not the only thing interesting about him, he also is very charming when it comes to friends, he met one of his friends with one of his favorite songs called “Coming at Your Love” by Redbone, it was in a movie, and after the movie he met a brand new friend cause of it. Ivan also would love to have you as his friend, since he finds his friends as his favorite people because they reflect him too. Ivan’s interests are so expandable to the point where he listens to almost every piece of music he can, so a good man to talk to about artists and songs for sure. He was in a band and loved to perform, and it became the most memorable thing for him since he loved having the crowd cheer him on. Ivan is also a fan of the classics, leading him to have his favorite video game Black Ops 1, since it was very fun hanging with family as well as playing the game. His dream hangout is to watch Guardians of the Galaxy 3 since his friend was away at the time, and he deeply wanted to see it. That’s what makes Ivan great: he is fully committed to watching a movie with someone, to the point where he doesn’t watch it himself unless his friend watches it with him.  Most movies were listed, since apparently Ivan can’t seem to watch a show, cause it goes on for way too long, I don’t blame him, I feel the same way. He states his favorite show is “The Mandalorian”, but hasn’t seen the newest season, but however, he does like “Phineas and Ferb” and “The Simpsons”. I would assume he likes shows that reset everything after the episodes, which is honestly incredible, because keeping up with a story is way harder than watching one episode for one story. Along with his favorite show, he finds Monster Inc. to be his favorite movie, because he found it so funny for him. Also, another funny and favorite movie is “HeavyWeight”, mostly because Netflix at the time didn't have many options, and it was the only Disney film on Netflix during the time, but at least he enjoyed it. Along with a movie, Ivan would love to have In the Flesh by Pink Floyd as a theme song, when he lived his life, because the guitar part was amazing, and he found out also through a movie.

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