WTF? Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” is the number 1 music video download on iTunes?!
OK, granted, I don’t understand why anyone would want to buy any of the current top 10 music video singles, but how can Michael Jackson‘s 1982 music video for “Thriller” be number 1?
It appears in order to stave off bankruptcy (and because he hasn’t been able to write a hit in 17 years) Michael Jackson has put out some sort of 25th anniversary edition of Thriller, and glommed off the fame of currently hot acts like Akon, Kanye West, Fergie, and others to get some heat behind it. But honestly, to PAY for this video… I mean, I remember watching the full 13:41 version on MTV all those years ago, and at the time I thought it was a cool video. But unlike Thundercats, this bit of 80’s nostalgia really doesn’t hold up. Plus it’s free on Youtube! and Plus, the Indian parody is better! (here it is, although odds are you’ve seen it by now).
So this brings me to the question of the day… “How many purchases does it take to make a video #1 on iTunes?“. It can’t be much. I refuse to allow that possibility. I realize Thriller was a huge record-selling album 25 years ago, but… that was 25 years ago! This video is more dated that Paris Hilton! (ba dum bum bum!) I thought Jackson was pretty much only popular in Croatia and the left side of South America these days. How is this video #1 on the US iTunes store?!
C’Mon people, I realize at the time this video redefined the way music videos were looked at and has a place in history, but I somehow I doubt when Citizen Kane hits iTunes it will earn as much respect.
If $1.99 means that little to you, I’ll set up a Paypal “Donate here” button and you can send me all your 1980’s video singles money. I promise I can find a better use for it.