Michael Jackson‘s 1979 album ‘Off The Wall’ is set to be reissued with a new Spike Lee-directed documentary.
The album will be available in CD/DVD and CD/Blu Ray formats on February 26 via Sony Legacy Recordings amd will come with Lee’s film Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown To Off The Wall. The documentary will receive its world premiere on January 24 at the Sundance Film Festival.
Lee’s film chronicles Jackson’s rise from child stardom using footage from personal archive footage alongside interviews with family members and contemporary performers.
Pharrell Williams, John Legend, Questlove, Mark Ronson, The Weeknd, Marlon Jackson, Lee Daniels and L.A. Reid all speak on the album’s influence and legacy.
“A look at a chapter of his career that is rarely examined, Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall allows audiences to travel with Michael as he gets his start at Motown, strikes a new path with CBS Records and forges a relationship with legendary producer Quincy Jones,” reads a statement about the project.
‘Off The Wall”s follow-up ‘Thriller’ recently surpassed 30 million sales.
The singer’s 1982 sixth studio album, which saw its 33rd birthday last year, has officially become the first album (recognised) to sell such a high number of copies.
Cary Sherman, chairman and CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America, said in a statement: “RIAA has awarded gold and platinum records on behalf of the music business for nearly 60 years, but this is the first time an artist has crossed the 30 times multi-platinum plateau. What an exceptional achievement and testament to ‘Thriller’s enduring spot in our hearts and musical history.”
This achievement for ‘Thriller’ comes in a long line of others, including going platinum within its first year of sales, and going 20 times platinum by the end of 1984.
Two months after Jackson passed away, ‘Thriller’ went 29 times platinum.