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Michael Jackson - Dirty Diana (1988)
Michael Jackson
Dirty Diana
EPC 651546 7


Michael Jackson - Off The Wall / Thriller (2004)
Michael Jackson
Off The Wall / Thriller
SMM 5175549
Other - 25 Jaar Pop Muziek 1983 (1988)
Various Artists
25 Jaar Pop Muziek 1983
LSP 980321 2


Michael Jackson - Off The Wall  Tracklist:
01. Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough
02. Rock With You
03. Working Day And Night
04. Get On The Floor
05. Off The Wall
06. Girlfriend
07. She's Out Of My Life
08. I Can't Help It
09. It's The Falling In Love
10. Burn This Disco Out

The album is often hailed as his breakthrough effort and was a major success for the Jacksons frontman, despite critics who said Jackson's career was doomed after leaving Motown in 1975. In December 1995, the RIAA certified Off the Wall at 7x Platinum for sales of 7 million in the United States alone, and the album has thus far sold 20 million copies worldwide. For a while, it was the biggest recording by a black artist in history.
Quincy Jones, the musical director for Motown's film adaptation of The Wiz (in which Jackson starred as the Scarecrow), served as the album's producer, with lyrics and music by Jackson, Heatwave's Rod Temperton, Stevie Wonder, and Paul McCartney, among others.

Off the Wall was a smash success. It reached #3 in the Billboard album charts, spending 48 consecutive weeks inside the top 20, and, according to Billboard, it was the third best-selling album of 1980 in the United States and the best-selling R&B album of the year. Most importantly, the album made Jackson the first artist in history to achieve four Billboard Hot 100 top 10 singles from one album. It was similarly successful in Europe, reaching #5 in the UK. Despite its commercial success, Jackson felt the album should have made a much bigger impact. In particular, Jackson was angry that he had won "only" one Grammy Award at the Grammy Awards of 1980 (Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough"), losing the Grammy Award for Best Disco Recording to Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive". He became determined to exceed everybody's expectations with his next album.

More than twenty-five years after its release, Off the Wall remains one of the defining moments in Jackson's music career and began his domination as one of pop music's leading artists. In 2003, the TV network VH1 named Off the Wall the thirty-sixth greatest album of all time. Rolling Stone ranked it #68 in their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

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