May 11, 2017
Many would say that Bad was the album that cemented Michael Jackson as one of the most successful musicians in the 80s. Released August 31, 1987, the album came nearly five years after his first solo record, Thriller. The then-29-year-old addressed a myriad of topics on the iconic album including media bias, racial profiling and world peace.
In addition to the album just being damn good, the commercial success proved, without a doubt, it was one of MJ’s best. Let’s take a look at the numbers.
It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, remaining there for six consecutive weeks.
Bad was nominated for six Grammy Awards.
The album marked the final collaboration between Jackson and producer Quincy Jones.
In 2017 Bad was certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America, denoting sales of over ten million copies in the United States.
‘Bad’ is now the second Michael Jackson album to reach RIAA-certified diamond status. pic.twitter.com/H3Kypto3A3
— Michael Jackson (@michaeljackson) February 16, 2017
To date, Michael is the highest-paid deceased celebrity with a net-worth of $825M. A bit morbid, yes, but we love how the King of Pop’s legacy continues to live on.
TELL US: What was your favorite song off the album?