In 1980, Michael Jackson asked the publicist of Rolling Stone if they would be interested in doing a cover story on him. The publicist declined, to which Jackson responded, “I’ve been told over and over that black people on the cover of magazines doesn’t sell copies … Just wait. Someday those magazines are going to be begging me for an interview. Maybe I’ll give them one. And maybe I won’t.”
The recording for Thriller commenced on April 14, 1982 at 12:00 noon with Jackson and Paul McCartney recording “The Girl Is Mine”, and the album was completed with the final day of mixing on November 8, 1982.