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Published: 11:01AM BST 26 Jun 2009 With Thriller, Jackson also broke down long-standing racial barriers in the music industry, spanning traditional divides between pop, rock and dance music, and establishing himself as a black star who appealed to audiences of all backgrounds and paving the way for future African-American stars.

The ascending King of Pop was pictured at the time in his signature sunglasses and military-style jacket with President Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy, on a visit to the White House.

The record, released in November 1982, has sold as many as 100 million copies worldwide, and it produced seven hit singles: The Girl Is Mine (#2) Billie Jean (#1), Beat It (#1), Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' (#5), Human Nature (#7), P.Y.T.

(Pretty Young Thing) (#10) and the title track, Thriller (#4).

�Related ArticlesMichael Jackson: a profileMichael Jackson: latest news and reactionObituary: Michael JacksonJackson's life in picturesLeave your tributes to Michael JacksonMichael Jackson in depth Assisted by his producer, Quincy Jones, Jackson wrote four of the album's nine tracks, which he recorded with a budget of $750,000 between April-November 1982.

Before the album's release, Jackson had struggled to have his songs aired on the year-old music video network MTV.

But as his album climbed in the charts, the title track, along with Billie Jean and Beat It were regularly played.

At the height of its popularity, MTV ran the 14-minute Thriller video twice an hour to meet demand.

At the time, a New York Times review hailed him as "A one-man rescue team for the music business.

A songwriter who sets the beat for a decade.

A dancer with the fanciest feet on the street.

A singer who cuts across all boundaries of taste and style and colour too".

Jackson debuted the video and his signature Moonwalk dance at the Motown 25th Anniversary Special in May, 1983.

Against advice from his managers and label at the time, Jackson allowed the video's director, John Landis, to turn him into a zombie and a werecat in a dark departure from his earlier, lighter-hearted music with the Jackson Five.

The group zombie dance that forms the centrepiece of the film has replicated by school groups, prisoners in the Philippines, and in films from Hollywood to Bollywood.
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