Michael becomes friend with Marlon Brando and Mark Lester.
Michael does backing vocals for the song State Of Independence by Donna Summer.
- February 6:
Enid gives birth to Brandi Jackson.
- April 14:
Michael & Paul McCartney start recording the song The Girl Is Mine in Los Angeles.
- April 16 :
Janet, Randy and La Toya Jackson attend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 35th Birthday Party on at On the Rox, The Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood,
- May-August :
Janet signs a record deal with A&M and records her first album in Los Angeles .
She also records background vocals with LaToya for Michael’s song PYT featured on his album Thriller.
- May 6 :
During an episode of Diff’Rent Strokes titled “The Music Man” Janet sings “The Magic Is Working” a song she has just recorded for her debut album.
- July 7 :
Janet’s debut single “Young Love” is released.
- July 17 :
Michael attends a gala in honor of Quincy Jones at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Michael, Quincy Jones & Bruce Swedien start the recording of The Thriller album at the Westlake Studios in Los Angeles.
Michael razes and rebuilds the Encino family Home. During the reconstruction, he moves into a condo that he owns with Katherine, Janet & LaToya.
During a photoshoot by Dick Zimmerman for the cover of ET Storybook, Michael meets Karen Faye and hires her as his personal make-up artist
- August 1 :
Michael makes a surprise appearance at the Budweiser SuperFest at Rose Bowl in Pasadena during Quincy Jones’ set, he sings and dances in the song “Stuff Like That”.
- August 18 :
Katherine files for divorce for the second time but she withdraws her demand later on.
- August 20:
Michael gives an interview for the October’s issue of Interview magazine when Andy Warhol calls him to take part in the interview.
- September-December :
Michael pays to raze and rebuild Hayvenhurst. While the house is under construction, Katherine, Michael, LaToya & Janet move into a nearby condo that they own on 410 Lindley Avenue in Encino.
The single Muscles by Diana Ross is released. The song was written, composed and produced by Michael.
Steven Spielberg asks Quincy Jones and Michael to produce a storybook album for his movie ET. Even though, they are very busy working on the Thriller album but they accept and spend days & nights working in the Westlake Studio.
Michael gives an interview to Rolling Stone correspondant Gerri Hirshey from his rented condo in the San Fernando Valley.
- September 15 :
Michael attends the last Queen concert from their Hot Space US Tour at the Forum in Inglewood. Later Freddie Mercury and him record songs together including a duo titled State Of Shock.
- September 21 :
Janet’s debut album “Janet Jackson” is released in the US.
- October 10:
Michael attends the wedding of Courtney Sale & Steve Ross with Quincy Jones & his wife Peggy.
- October 23:
The Girl Is Mine is released a a one-sided single by Epic.
- October 25 :
Janet appears on the cover of Jet magazine.
- October 30 :
Janet performs Young Love & Come Give Your Love On Me for the first time on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand and reveals why she wears a key on her ear ring.
ET Storybook is released by MCA Records. A legal battle immediately ensues over the release of the album. CBS Records claims that MCA violated their agreement by releasing their album before Thriller. A New York Supreme Court judge prohibits further sales of the album and of the single Someone In The Dark which are removed and destroyed!
- November 5 :
Janet performs Young Love on Solid Gold.
- November 8 :
Michael, Quincy & Bruce complete the mixing of the Thriller album.
- November 30 :
The album Thriller is released on Epic. It will become the most successful album of all time with 7 hit singles, 107 millions copies sold worldwide, 3 legendaries videos , 8 American Music Awards & 7 Grammy Awards!!!
Michael & ET are on the cover of Ebony Magazine.
Michael gives an interview to UK’s magazine Smash Hits.
- December 18 :
Janet performs Say You Do and Young Love on the Soul Train show