Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ Celebrates Milestone With Double CD – Billboard
Prefaced by Maxwelll’s moving cover of “The Lady in My Life” at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards last night (May 15), Sony Music and the Estate of Michael Jackson officially announce the release of Policeman 40.
Arriving November 18 to celebrate the groundbreaking album’s 40th anniversary, the double-CD set will contain the original Thriller (the nine songs of which included “Lady”) as well as a bonus disc of previously unreleased tracks Jackson had worked on for the album.
Released November 30, 1982, Thriller created seven top-10 singles on the Hot 100, two of which reached No. 1: “Beat It” and “Billie Jean”. Along with winning eight Grammys and setting various chart records, the album has since been certified RIAA 34 times platinum. Having amassed over 100 million sales worldwide, Thriller is the best-selling album of all time. The music from this and Jackson’s other hit albums shines a spotlight on Broadway MJ the musicalwho recently garnered 10 Tony Award nominations.
For the US, Walmart will sell an exclusive version of the original Thriller album with an alternate 40th anniversary cover. Target, meanwhile, will have an exclusive version of the original album with a keepsake. Policeman 40 non-slip vinyl mat. Both versions will also be available outside the United States from various retailers. In addition, several anniversary activations are planned between now and the end of the year. The first is new merchandise with the special Policeman 40 logo, now available exclusively on the MichaelJackson.com online store.
Mastering the Anniversary Package from the original analog master tapes, Mobile Fidelity will also manufacture the original Thriller available as a 33 rpm LP, limited to 40,000 numbered copies, as well as hybrid super audio CD (SACD). A set of two UltraDisc LPs from Thriller will be published at a later date.