The pathway to Thriller began at the 1980 Grammy Awards. You see, the August before, a 21-year-old artist by the name of Michael Jackson had released an album by the name of Off The Wall that was pretty darn legendary. Michael was nominated for two categories—”Disco Recording,” and “Male R&B Vocal Performance.” He lost the former, won the latter, and was devastated. That, folks, was it, the bear was officially poked—Michael instantly vowed to create the biggest-selling album of all-time, and did just that. Exactly forty years to the day the music video for “Thriller” premiered, Showtime’s new documentary Thriller 40 made its own debut, giving you exclusive behind the scenes access to never before seen video and audio footage.
The documentary covers the cultural significance of the album that has sold over 100 million records and counting, had seven Top 10 records, broke down the racial and cultural barriers early MTV set, established music videos as an art-form, brought forth the iconic Motown 25 performance and its respective moonwalk, and set records at the 1984 AMAs and Grammy Awards respectively. Four decades later, Thriller is still setting records, which is precisely why there is a brand new documentary being created in its honor.