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Thriller certifié 30 fois disque multi-platine aux USA


« Thriller » demeure le plus grand album de tous les temps avec 100 millions d’exemplaires à travers le monde.

La RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), le Michael Jackson Estate, Epic Records et Legacy Recordings ont annoncé aujourd’hui que « Thriller » est le premier album dans l’histoire du disque à être certifié 30 fois multi-platine pour ses ventes US, prolongeant le règne du Roi de la Pop en tant que meilleur vendeur de tous les temps au niveau mondial avec plus de 100 millions pour « Thriller », et un milliard sur toute sa discographie.

La RIAA attribue des disques d’Or et de Platine depuis presque 60 ans et c’est la première fois qu’un artiste franchit la barre des 30x multi-platine.

Le chef d’oeuvre de Michael Jackson, « Thriller », produit par Quincy Jones et Michael Jackson, a remporté 8 Grammys, plus qu’aucun autre album. « Thriller » est resté classé pendant presque 2 ans et demi dans le Top Albums du Billboard et détient toujours le record de temps passé en première position avec 37 semaines. C’est le premier album à avoir passé ses 80 premières semaines dans le Top 10 du Billboard, une performance égalée par un seul album depuis les trente dernières années.

Dans le monde, « Thriller » a atteint la première place dans pratiquement tous les pays dont le Royaume Uni, la France, l’Italie, l’Australie, le Danemark, la Belgique, l’Afrique du Sud, l’Espagne, l’Irlande, la Nouvelle Zélande, le Canada.

7 des morceaux de Thriller sont devenus TOP 10 en single, et 3 ont atteint la première place (“Beat it”, “Billie Jean” et “Thriller”).

Plus qu’un simple album, « Thriller » s’est imposé comme un phénomène mondial en faisant exploser les barrières musicales et en faisant bouger les frontières de la Pop pour toujours. « Beat It » et sa fusion inédite entre la Pop et le Rock a permis de briser la frontière qui existait depuis de longues années entre les musiques blanches et noires grâce la guitare incendiaire d’Eddie Van Halen. Sur le même album, on trouvait des chansons comme « Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ » aux racines africaines aux cotés de « Billie Jean », basée sur le Rythm and Blues. Personne n’avait jamais sorti un album avec un spectre aussi large.

Tout au long de son extraordinaire carrière, Michael Jackson a vendu plus d’un milliard de disques à travers le monde, 13 de ses singles ont atteint le N°1 aux US et il est un des très rares artistes à avoir été intronisé deux fois au Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame. Il est reconnu par le Guinness Book of Records comme l’artiste de variétés ayant eu le plus de succès de tous les temps. Son œuvre continue à inspirer des générations d’artistes et de fans de tous les styles : Pop, Soul, R&B et Hip Hop.

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XSCAPE-Long Awaited New Music From Michael Jackson (EN)




Out On Epic Records May 13Epic Chief L.A. Reid Teams Up With Top Producers To « Contemporize » Songs From Iconic Artist’s Archive


NEW YORK, March 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — On May 13, Epic Records, in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson, will releaseXSCAPE, an album of new music by the internationally beloved music icon and King of Pop, Michael Jackson. The project features eight new tracks, which the world will be hearing for the very first time on the new album. For the ultimate fan experience,XSCAPEwill also be available in a Deluxe Edition, which includes all of the sourced Michael Jackson recordings in their original form. The XSCAPE standard and Deluxe Edition’sare available for pre-order beginning April 1 on and elsewhere, and available at all retailers worldwide on May 13.

XSCAPEis executive produced by Epic Records Chairman and CEO L.A. Reid, who, after an initial mining of Jackson’s archives by the Estate, was granted unlimited access to the treasures representing four decades of material on which Jackson had completed his vocals.

Reid curated the final list of recordings to deliver to the producers, who retooled the production to add a fresh, contemporary sound that retains Jackson’s essence and integrity. It’s a process Reid calls « contemporizing. » The album’s lead producer, Timbaland was one of a handful of producers Reid believed had the gravitas, depth and range to creatively engage with Jackson’s work. Additional producers include global hitmakers Rodney Jerkins, Stargate, Jerome « Jroc » Harmon and John McClain.

« Modern music and artistry would look and sound completely different if not for the groundbreaking contributions Michael Jackson gifted to the world, » remarked L.A. Reid. « Michael left behind some musical performances that we take great pride in presenting through the vision of music producers that he either worked directly with or expressed strong desire to work with. We are extremely proud and honored to present this music to the world. »

The title of this album honors Michael’s album naming process. He always chose a song from the album to name his projects and, beginning with THRILLER, used only one word titles, each with an edgy quality to them. This is true of the new project. Written by Michael Jackson and Jerkins, and produced by Jackson and Jerkins, « Xscape » has further significance in that it is the one track on the album that was ‘contemporized’ by the producer who recorded it originally in the studio with Michael.

John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson said,
« Michael was always on the cutting edge and was constantly reaching out to new producers, looking for new sounds. He was always relevant and current. These tracks, in many ways, capture that spirit. We thank L.A. Reid for his vision. »

XSCAPE is a long awaited collection of exciting new music that will thrill the legions of fans of one of the world’s most revered and best-selling artists, as well as attract a whole new generation discovering his artistry for the first time. In conjunction with the release ofXSCAPE, Epic / Sony Music will launch an unprecedented global campaign with the One Sony sister companies, Sony Corporation, Sony Mobile Communications, and Sony Network Entertainment International drawing from all of Sony’s strengths and consumer reach.

« Michael has long been a treasured member of the larger Sony family, » said Kazuo Hirai, President and CEO, Sony Corporation. « Starting with the release of ‘Off The Wall’ in 1979, Sony Music Entertainment has since released all of Michael’s recordings. We are thrilled and privileged to be collaborating as One Sony to celebrate Michael’s latest legacy, and bringing his fans an exclusive experience through our upcoming initiatives with our products and services. »

More news about Michael Jackson’s upcoming album will be revealed in the coming weeks. Keep visiting for new details.


Michael Jackson is one of the most beloved entertainers and profoundly influential artists of all-time. He was also a dedicated philanthropist and an astute business professional. To date Jackson has sold 1 billion records worldwide, released 13 No.1 singles and became one of a handful of artists to be inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Guinness Book of World Records recognized Jackson as the Most Successful Entertainer of All Time and « Thriller » as the Biggest Selling Album of All Time. Jackson won 17 Grammy Awards including 8 in one year, a record in itself, and received 26 American Music Awards, including the Artist of the Century Award. Jackson defined the art form of music video with such ground-breaking short films as « Billie Jean, » « Beat It » and the classic « Thriller, » which in 2009 became the first and only music video inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. In his short films « Black or White », « They Don’t Care About Us », « Bad and « Smooth Criminal » and others, Jackson set an aesthetic standard for video production that remains unsurpassed even today. The Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil have produced two top shows: Michael JacksonTHE IMMORTAL World Tour is the #9 top grossing tour of all time; and MICHAEL JACKSON ONE, a new permanent show at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas, which is breaking box office records and receiving critical raves. Jackson’s sound, style and dance moves continue to inspire today’s performers and new generations of fans worldwide continue to discover his artistry.

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