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Fergie, Akon, and Others Contribute to 25th Anniversary Thriller Album

Can you believe it's been more than 25 years since Michael Jackson's hit album Thriller was released? In November of 1982 the album made waves for hosting such wonders as "Billie Jean," Beat It," and, of course, "Thriller," though as Entertainment Weekly points out, not every track was a winner (anyone remember "The Lady in My Life"?). Still, the record continues to hold a proud place in music history as the best-selling album ever.

To commemorate the 25-year mark, Epic/Legacy has released a special edition of the album, featuring remixes and collaborations with Fergie, Akon, will.i.am, and Kanye. There's also a bonus DVD with music videos — including Jackson's first performance of the moonwalk.

This week Jackson released a video thanking fans for the success of Thriller. He added, "There is still much for to come for Michael Jackson," he said. "My passion for music has never stopped . . . It's my hope that Thriller continues to live on for each new generation to discover."

Do you think you'll check out this new edition? Or do you still have your old Thriller from way back when? You can see what you think of Akon's version of "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" if you

.

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CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
I remember just BEGGING to go to my friends house (we didnt have cable) to watch the Thriller video premiere on MTV. I wont go pick up the new album, i cant stand tribute albums I really miss Michael, may he rest in peace.
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 7 years
Despite his recent troubles, Michael has been and will always be an icon in the music industry. His Thriller album is still loved by people all over the world! Even Chris Brown has noted Michael Jackson as a musical influence. Happy 25th MJ! Please keep the hits coming and don't let people bring you down!
emalove emalove 7 years
Oh, I still have my original Thriller album...it came out when I was about 5 or 6 and EVERYONE loved it. "Thriller" will always be one of my most favorite songs.
Bohemian Bohemian 7 years
I absolutely love Thriller, and I am thinking about buying one copy of the anniversary album aswell. I love Michael, and nobody can make music like him!
katie_c katie_c 7 years
i love thriller! i won't check out the new album because i don't like 1/2 the artists doing the remixes.
Mittenz1202 Mittenz1202 7 years
I am so excited about getting this remake of Thriller! I still have the vinyl, and so many of the songs are still my favorite. Billie Jean is a ringtone on my phone, that's how much I love that song! lol
cru5h cru5h 7 years
I was almost 6 when that album dropped. I remember watching that video and the making of the video over and over and over. That was the first cassette tape I ever owned. Awwww little me!!
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 7 years
oh michael i still love his music from back in the day, billie jean is always my dj request!
roxy17 roxy17 7 years
Wow, I remember watching that video over and over and over at my friends house. We loved that song!
desertbanshee desertbanshee 7 years
Yes, I saw his thank you video. If only he could go back in time 25 years. Yikes.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
Man I WISH I still had my Thriller on vinyl! I remember acting out every song in my friend's living room...to the extreme annoyance of her parents :P
hotstuff hotstuff 7 years
Man that album was the BEST!! I remember being obsessed with MJ and that album. Then when that video came out for thriller everybody went nuts over that. I still have a vinyl copy also. Thriller is the best video of ALL TIME! People still copy that dance 25 years later! That video still doesn't seem old either. Everyone wishes to have the success of the thriller album. It was insane how many it sold. In all these years it still hasn't been beaten!
nancita nancita 7 years
Wow, I really can't believe it has been 25 years. I have a copy of Thriller on vinyl, and while "Billie Jean" is painfully good, the rest of the album is pretty solid too.
ALSW ALSW 7 years
I'll stick with owning the original. But I am interested in hearing a few of these tracks...
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