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Artist IconMichael Jackson
Artist Icon Off the Wall
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Genre Icon Pop


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Off the Wall er Michael Jacksons femte soloalbum og ble utgitt 5. august 1979 på Epic. Albumet var Jacksons gjennombrudd og han svarte kritikerne som hadde ment at hans karriere var over etter at han forlot Motown i 1975. Albumet har solgt 20 millioner på verdensbasis og fikk i 1995 7x platina av RIAA. I 2003 kom Off the Wall på 68. plass på musikkmagasinet Rolling Stones liste over «Tidenes 500 beste album».

Quincy Jones produserte albumet. Michael Jackson, Rod Temperton, Stevie Wonder og Paul McCartney sto for tekst og musikk. Albumet ble en suksess, også i Europa. Albumet nådde 3. plass på Billboards albumliste og tilbrakte 48 uker innenfor Topp 20. Albumet ble kåret til det beste R&B-albumet i USA 1980 og var det tredje mest solgte. Allikevel var Jackson misfornøyd med kun en Grammy i 1980 (for «Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough»). Han slo imidlertid sterkt tilbake med Thriller i 1984. I 2001 ble en Special Edition av albumet utgitt.
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1979's Off The Wall is one of the finest pop albums ever made and showcases Michael Jackson as a gifted and versatile vocalist, comfortable performing on ballads as well as upbeat disco tracks.
Although Michael had previously released four solo albums as part of the Jackson 5 franchise on Motown, it was this, his first album on Epic that would break him as a worldwide superstar.
In collaborating with producer Quincy Jones, Off The Wall found Jackson using his newly found creative freedom by departing from his previous Motown sound, instead opting for an album that combined disco, soul, pop, soft rock and funk influences. Additional to Jones' polished, professional productions, Michael Jackson collaborated with some of the finest songwriters of the time, including Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Rod Temperton. As a result, Off The Wall became the first album ever to spawn four Billboard Top Ten singles: Don't Stop Til You Get Enough, Rock With You, Off The Wall and She's Out Of My Life.
Since it's release, Off The Wall has sold over fifteen million copies and many critics believe as an album it has not been bettered by any of Michael Jackson's subsequent output.

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