Sunday, October 23, 2011

No One Matched the Success of "Thriller"! (Part 1 of 2)

Bob Jones
In his book called "Michael Jackson:  The Man behind the Mask", author Bob Jones and Stacy Brown referenced several times  that since Michael couldn't equal or succeed his "Thriller" album that he had somehow become a has been. Now I have made it clear what I think of this book throughout some of my previous blog entries. Although, I will admit that there is some information that is based on fact.  I do, although after reading the book feel strongly that it is written by what I would classify as a disgruntled ex-employee who was getting back at his former employer plain and simple for being dismissed from his position in public relations at MJJ Productions. One of the areas where Jones attacked Michael Jackson constantly in his book as I stated above, and I felt it was totally unjust was by making snide remarks that, although "Thriller" was a huge success Michael Jackson was never able to match it, so he more or less fizzled out after that. Huh, say what? All right, so even I will admit that Michael Jackson never did match the album sales of "Thriller", but here's a bit of trivia for all of you trivia buffs, what singing artist has ever matched the success of "Thriller? (I'm sure there is silence and sounds of crickets, right), exactly no one and I mean no one has ever matched "Thriller's success. So does this mean that every recording artist out there is a failure? I don't think so.  It's just that "Thriller" was so huge that it was just too hard to match or surpass for anyone as of this date and the writing of this blog, including Michael Jackson who set the precedent and bar pretty high.

So did this mean that Michael Jackson had fizzled out after "Thriller"? Far from it, just because the albums that followed or preceded, "Thriller" weren't as big as it was doesn't mean they weren't successful in their own right. Here is a list of some of Michael's most notable albums, what they each achieved, and how they were successes in their own right.

Off The Wall: Released in 1979' three years before "Thriller", was Michael Jackson's first album as a solo artist, (he had released other solo albums while a member of the Jackson 5, but this one was his very first after leaving the group). The album featured such notable songs as "Rock with You", "She's Out of My Life", and "Don't Stop Till You get Enough". To date the album has sold 8 million copies nationwide and 20 million worldwide. "Off The Wall" is a certified Multi-Platinum album.

Bad: Jackson's next album after "Thriller". This one is a phenomenon in its own right as stated in my previous blog entry. There were five singles from this album that made number one on the billboard top 40 and they were: "Bad", I Just Can't Stop Loving You", "Man In The Mirror", "The Way You Make Me Feel" and "Dirty Diana". (A feat that no other album, not even "Thriller", had ever done up to this point). The Bad tour also broke records for the amount of sold out shows worldwide. "Bad" was also the best selling album worldwide in 1988' and 1989'.

This is just the beginning; I think you are starting to see my point. So Michael Jackson's other albums weren't as huge as "Thriller", but that doesn't mean they weren't successful.

Stay tuned for the next installment as we continue to prove just how wrong Bob Jones and Stacy Brown were with this bogus statement in their book.