Michael Jackson by the Numbers

Charting the King of Pop’s career

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66,200,000: Estimated copies of Thriller sold worldwide. It’s the best-selling album in music history, followed by the soundtrack to Grease 

21: Times Jackson played L.A. in the ’80s (including Jackson 5 reunion tours) 

1.8: Millions paid by Texan Milton Verret for one of two jackets worn by Jackson in the “Thriller” video 

58: Number (so far) of tunes that feature a “Billie Jean” sample 

12: Hours it took to record 1985’s charity hit “We Are the World”

1929: Year of the first documented moonwalk, performed by Daniel Haynes in the King Vidor film Hallelujah!

45: Angle at which Jackson leaned in 1987’s “Smooth Criminal” video

1983: Year that Jackson’s crystal-encrusted glove (yes, this is it) debuted during a TV special

 

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