1982 ~ The Beginning Of ‘Thriller’ ~ ET Storybook ~
Michael became friends with Marlon Brando and Mark Lester.
Michael recorded back up vocals for the song State Of Independence by Donna Summer.
- April 14:
Michael & Paul McCartney started recording the song “The Girl Is Mine” in Los Angeles.
Michael, Quincy Jones & Bruce Swedien started recording The “Thriller” album at the Westlake Studios in Los Angeles.
Michael began rebuilding the Encino family Home. During the reconstruction, he moved into a condo that he owned with Katherine, Janet & LaToya.
During a photoshoot by Dick Zimmerman for the cover of ET Storybook, Michael met Karen Faye and hired her as his personal make-up artist
- August 20:
The single “Muscles” by Diana Ross was released. The song was written, composed and produced by Michael.
Steven Spielberg asked Quincy Jones and Michael to produce a storybook album for his movie ET. They accept and spend days & nights working in the Westlake Studio.
- October 23:
“The Girl Is Mine” was released as a one-sided single by Epic.
“ET Storybook” was released by MCA Records. A legal battle immediately ensues over the release of the album. CBS Records claimed that MCA violated their agreement by releasing their album before Thriller. A New York Supreme Court judge prohibits further sales of the album and of the single “Someone In The Dark” which were removed and destroyed
- November 8 :
Michael, Quincy & Bruce completed the mixing of the “Thriller” album.
- November 30 :
The album “Thriller” was released on Epic. It became the most successful album of all time with 7 hit singles, 107 millions copies sold worldwide, 3 legendary videos , 8 American Music Awards & 7 Grammy Awards!
The family moved back to Hayvenhurst now equipped with a second story for the bedrooms, an upstairs den and a gym, downstairs a game room and a thirty-two-seat movie theatre and off the entry hall, a trophy room. Michael spent most of his time at Hayvenhurst playing with his menagerie composed of Louis & Lola (the llamas), Prince & Princess (the deer), Winter & Spring (the peacocks), Jabbar (the giraffe) or Muscles (the snake)
Michael did an interview with UK’s magazine Smash Hits.
Michael attended a Queen’s concert at The Forum of Los Angeles.
Michael recorded a duet with Freddie Mercury (State Of Shock )