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Kanye, Will.i.am Take On 'Thriller'

The duo add their talents to some of the album's best-loved tracks

December 27, 2007
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Kanye West and Will.I.Am at the Grammy Foundations Starry Night with Quincy Jones in Los Angeles.
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Twenty-five years after Michael Jackson released Thriller, the world's best-selling disc is getting a makeover for its re-release on February 12th. The two-disc set – which includes demos, videos, live footage and the unreleased Thriller-session jam "For All Time" – also features revamped versions of classic tracks: Kanye West puts his spin on "Billie Jean" and Will.i.am takes on "P.Y.T." and "The Girl Is Mine." (will is also working on Jackson's comeback album, due out in 2008.) In other Jackson news, the singer could reunite with his siblings next year for a Jackson 5 tour, according to his brother Jermaine. "We feel we have to do it one more time," Jermaine told BBC Radio. "We owe that to the fans."

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