Michael Jackson’s revolutionary 1979 album will be released together with Spike Lee’s new documentary as a bundle on February 26.
The release of the Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown to Off The Wall documentary coincides with African-American History Month in the United States, and will make its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival on January 24.
Recorded when he was twenty, Off The Wall heralded Michael Jackson’s arrival as a solo artist and creative visionary. The first single, Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough (written by Jackson), won him his first Grammy award and first #1 record. Rock With You, Off the Wall and She’s Out of My Life, followed, and Jackson became the first solo artist in history to have four singles from the same album, peak inside the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.
In 2014, Off The Wall was certified eight times platinum in the US. It has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time.
For Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown to Off The Wall, director Spike Lee sourced commercial archival footage as well material from Michael’s personal archives. He also interviewed contemporary artists and family members and used Michael’s own words and image, which culminates into an insightful account of Jackson’s early rise to fame, through to the release of his groundbreaking first album. Audiences will be treated to rare footage of Michael Jackson’s start at Motown, following his career path with CBS Records, and the close relationship he forged with legendary producer Quincy Jones.
The film features interviews with Lee Daniels, The Weeknd, Pharrell Williams, Misty Copeland, Kobe Bryant, Mark Ronson, John Legend, Questlove, Katherine Jackson, Joe Jackson, Marlon Jackson, Jackie Jackie L.A. Reid and others.
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