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Music Dispatch: Michael Jackson’s THRILLER Is the First Album to Sell 30 Million Copies

Music Dispatch: Michael Jackson’s THRILLER Is the First Album to Sell 30 Million Copies

Highest record sale of all time? No big deal. The King of Pop can beat it. That’s right; Michael Jackson just broke the record for the most album copies sold, ever. But that’s not the only star-studded news we’ve got today. The cast of Star Wars joined The Roots and Jimmy Fallon for an a cappella version of the film franchise’s themes, Grandaddy, Midlake, Band of Horses, Franz Ferdinand, and Travis members formed a new band called Banquet, Ratatat’s video for “Pricks of Brightness” is gloriously random, Missy Elliott performed “WTF” live with Pharrell, and Chance the Rapper worked with Skrillex on a gorgeous remix of a Hundred Waters song. Ready to listen?

In 1982, Michael Jackson released his biggest album to date, Thriller, and one of music history’s most important records of all time. As of this week, the LP has tallied up 30 million copies sold, making it the first album to ever sell that many. Worldwide, it’s been sold more than 100 million times. “It is crystal clear that Michael Jackson is simply the greatest, and biggest artist of all time,” said L.A. Reid, the chairman and CEO of Epic Records. With statistics that monumental and a dance as iconic as the titular track’s swinging hands, it’s hard to argue otherwise. [Rolling Stone]

It’s no secret we’re obsessed with Star Wars, but even if we weren’t, we would be head over heels for this video Jimmy Fallon made. Watch as the cast from The Force Awakens joins The Roots for an a cappella medley of John Williams’ iconic Star Wars songs. It’s bright, it’s goofy, and it’s got some surprise cameos that make your heart smile. We promise; we’re only biased a tiny bit. [Nerdist]

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What do you get when Grandaddy, Midlake, Band of Horses, Franz Ferdinand, and Travis all get stuck in the same room? A new supergroup. Say hello to Banquet, a band born from various members of said bands agreeing to work on an LP together. According to Eric Pulido of Midlake, it’s a “poor man’s Traveling Wilburys,” though we’re sure their upcoming 10-track album will go far beyond that. [Consequence of Sound]

Ratatat‘s new LP, Magnifique, sees the electro-rock duo at the top of their game. Now cut “Pricks of Brightness” gets a snippy, bizarre, intentionally meaningless video full of pleasing aesthetics. Check it out above and try to catch them on the road when they tour the US this January. [Pitchfork]

Missy Elliott‘s new track is so contagious you have no chance of sitting still while listening to it. That was what one crowd experienced when she and Pharrell brought the track to life with an intense live dance on TV singing competition show The Voice. “WTF (Where They From)” brought kid breakdancers, puppets, and a mirror suit onto the stage while hundreds of lucky fans got to sing along feet away from them all. Unfortunately, it appears as though the song wasn’t performed live. So goes the irony of a song being lip synced on a show called The Voice. [Rolling Stone]

In 2014, Skrillex somehow managed to get good guy Chance the Rapper to join him on Recess track “Coast is Clear”. Now it seems the two have teamed up again for a remix of Hundred Waters’ gorgeous track “Show Me Love”. A fan filmed footage of the song’s premiere–complete with a new verse by Chance–when played at a DJ set by Mija, a rising act Skrillex signed to his label. [Consequence of Sound]

That may be it for today’s Music Dispatch, but we will be back here on Friday for another serving of music news to keep you full!

Featured image courtesy of Epic Records

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