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.

  • August:

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.

  • September:

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.

  • November:

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!!!

  • December:

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

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