On this day in 1984, this album –
– was knocked off the top of the US charts, after spending thirty-seven weeks at Number One. As of 2017 it is estimated to have sold anywhere between 60 and 100 million copies. Nothing else is even close. It was – in the true meaning of the word – a phenomenon. Nowadays, with the way music is distributed and purchased, this is a record (pun intended) that will never be broken. Say what you like about Michael Jackson – and a lot of people do – but the guy broke down walls.
So if you’re one of the half dozen people in the western world who hasn’t heard it, go find it and do so. Right now.