'Thriller' Was Jackson's Response to Disappointment of 'Off the Wall'
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"Thriller" was Jackson's follow-up to his 1979 album "Off the Wall," which, by most accounts, was a critical and commercial success, selling more than 20 million copies. But Jackson didn't see it that way.
"When he did not win best album, he was so upset that he wrote in his sister La Toya's lipstick on the mirror in his room that he would sell 50 million copies of his next album," said Brown, who used to work for the Jackson family. "Talk about prophetic."
"Thriller" went on to win eight Grammys in 1984 and sell between 65 and 110 million copies worldwide.