Album OTW: Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall

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35 years ago this week, “Rock With You” from Michael Jackson was the number one song in the country. It was taken from the album “Off the Wall,” a groundbreaking departure from Jackson’s previous work with Motown and his famous brothers, fusing funk, disco, jazz and pop. It eventually became the first album by a solo artist to produce four top ten singles, and firmly established Michael Jackson as a star in his own right. Reviewing a special edition of the album in 2001, AllMusic called it “vibrant and giddily exciting, years after its release,” and we agree. Listen as much as you want to “Off the Wall” from Michael Jackson, our Album of the Week.

Michael Jackson Top 33 Countdown!

MJ33It was 30 years ago this week that Michael Jackson released the epic, groundbreaking video for the song Thriller. Slacker celebrates the occasion with a station that counts down Michael Jackson’s biggest songs of all time, as determined by you, Slacker listeners. The songs here are ranked by Engagement Quotient, or “E.Q.,” which just means the most hearts, least skips, and most shares. Single-artist stations like these are usually reserved for premium users, but thanks to a special arrangement, everyone can enjoy this station for a limited time.

Michael Jackson is Slacker’s Artist of the Week

MJIt was 30 years ago that a 26-year old Michael Jackson surprised and delighted the world when he first publicly performed his” Moonwalk” dance move on the Motown 25 anniversary television special.

At the time, “Thriller” was his latest record, and it was on the way to becoming the all-time classic that we know it to be even today- going Platinum 29 times over and earing him 8 Grammys.

Watch his legendary performance and think what it must have been like to see for the first time – wow!

 

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A few months after his televised moonwalk, he released a 14 minute video for the track “Thriller”, which went on to become the most influential pop video of all time.

On the 30th anniversary of what was arguably Michael Jackson’s most impactful year as an artist, Slacker has created a station that pays tribute to his legacy—including his best work as a solo artist, with the Jackson 5, and in his numerous collaborations. You’ll also hear the artists that inspired him along with the numerous artists that he directly inspired. Michael Jackson is Slacker’s Artist Of The Week.