Celebrate 40 Years of Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ Album with His SiriusXM Channel

Celebrate 40 years of Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ with music and specials.

Matt Simeone
November 25, 2022

We want to be startin’ somethin’! In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s iconic Thriller album, The Michael Jackson Channel has returned to SiriusXM for a limited time — providing the perfect soundtrack for rocking the night away.

What You’ll Hear

The Michael Jackson Channel commemorates The King of Pop’s legendary career, from his early days in The Jackson 5 to his solo career. The special channel — which includes a can’t-miss Thriller special — is airing on Limited Edition 2 (Ch. 502) now through December 22 and on The Groove (Ch. 50) until November 29.

Michael’s Thriller is the biggest-selling album of all time worldwide. SiriusXM’s exclusive special about the album, “THRILLER: A CLOSER LOOK,” will be hosted by music historian (and close friend to the Jackson family) Steven Ivory. Ivory will discuss the making of the iconic album, as well as Michael’s relationship with Quincy Jones and Thriller’s impact on popular culture. The special will air on November 26 at 6pm; November 27 at 12pm; and November 29 at 9pm (all times ET). It was also be available on the SXM App after its premiere.

Additionally, The Michael Jackson Channel also features commentary from artists who admire the Thriller album, including Christina Aguilera, Donny Osmond, Brandy, Nikki Giovanni, Toto, and more.

About ‘Thriller 40’

In honor of its 40th anniversary, Sony Music and the Estate of Michael Jackson have announced the release of Thriller 40, a double CD set comprised of Michael’s original masterpiece Thriller and an exciting second disc full of surprises for fans including never-released tracks which were worked on by Michael for the Thriller album. To date, the album has amassed in excess of 100 million in sales worldwide.

Michael’s epic creation won a record-setting eight GRAMMYs, smashed musical barriers and changed the frontiers of pop music and music videos forever.  Michael Jackson’s Thriller has spent more than 500 weeks on the Billboard album chart and has sold over 100 million albums since its release on November 30, 1982.

Stream and download Thriller 40 now!

About Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson is one of the most beloved entertainers and profoundly influential artists of all-time. He was also a dedicated philanthropist and an astute business professional. To date Jackson has sold more than 1 billion records worldwide, released 13 No.1 singles and became one of a handful of artists to be inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Guinness Book of World Records recognized Jackson as the Most Successful Entertainer of All Time and Thriller as the Biggest Selling Album of All Time. Jackson won 17 Grammy Awards including 8 in one year, a record, and received 26 American Music Awards, including the Artist of the Century Award. Jackson defined the art form of music video with such ground-breaking short films as “Billie Jean,” “Beat It” and the classic “Thriller,” which in 2009 became the first and only music video inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. In his short films “Black or White,” “They Don’t Care About Us,” “Bad and “Smooth Criminal” and others, Jackson set an aesthetic standard for video production that remains unsurpassed even today.

The Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil have produced two top shows: Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour was one of the top grossing tour of all time; and MICHAEL JACKSON ONE, a permanent show at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas, which continues to thrill audiences and to receive critical raves. And on February 1, 2022, MJ the Musical premiered on Broadway.  The acclaimed show won the most Tony Awards for a new musical in the 2021-2022 season and continues to break weekly box office records at the Neil Simon Theater. Jackson’s sound, style and dance moves continue to inspire today’s performers and new generations of fans worldwide continue to discover his artistry.

For more information about Michael Jackson, visit www.michaeljackson.com.