Music

Michael Jackson: Off The Wall

Year of release
1979
Global sales
20 million
Genre
Disco/funk/soul
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Perfectly blending the soul/funk thrills of disco with joyous melodies and intoxicating hooks, Off The Wall is pure pop pleasure

Best tracks:

Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough
Rock With You
Off The Wall

Top facts:

  • When Jackson left Motown Records, many critics predicted doom for his career. However, Off The Wall established him as a bona-fide, grown-up global pop star and sold over 20 million copies worldwide.

  • Jackson was reportedly furious that Off The Wall only won a single Grammy Award. Determind to do better, he bagged a record-breaking eight Grammys for his follow-up, Thriller.

  • Jackson roped in some rather talented mates to help out with the songwriting: Stevie Wonder (I Can't Help It) and Paul McCartney (Girlfriend). Rock With You and Off The Wall were penned by the much lesser-known Cleethorpes songwriter, Rod Temperton, who went on to write Thriller.

If you like this, try:

Michael Jackson: Thriller
Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life
Heatwave: Too Hot To Handle
Earth, Wind & Fire: I Am

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07-07-2011