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"Thriller" Celebrates Anniversary With Video, Podcasts, Radio

February 12, 2008 10:40 AM ET

Twenty-five years and two months ago, Thriller was released. The world bought a lot of copies, it was on top of Billboard chart for thirty-seven consecutive weeks, Vincent Price threw down a verse on the title track, "the kid is not my son," etc. With the album's twenty-fifth anniversary special edition lining shelves wherever CDs are sold today, Michael Jackson aired a video of him (obviously reading from the cue cards in his hands) thanking fans the world over for Thriller's resonating success, and implored people to keep the Thriller magic alive for the next generation. Over on iTunes, Jackson's website has launched a podcast series where musicians recollect about Thriller's influence, with Run-DMC's Darryl McDaniels providing Episode 1. Meanwhile, in outer space, XM satellite radio will broadcast a channel dedicated entirely to Michael Jackson, dubbed "XM Thriller: The Music of Michael Jackson," starting March 1st.

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