Michael Jackson Thanks Fans in Video

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Jackson appeared in a video to thank fans for the success of "Thriller," the landmark record the reclusive singer is marking with a 25th anniversary edition.

Jackson will release the new version of the blockbuster album Tuesday, featuring new collaborations with Kanye West, Akon, Fergie and will.i.am.

"It’s hard to believe that 25 years ago Quincy Jones and I embarked on an album named `Thriller,’" Jackson said in a video message to fans released Monday by his record company, Sony-BMG.

Dancers make a ‘Thriller’ effort

Dancers make a ‘Thriller’ effort
Dancers gathered in Irvine on Saturday to try to set a world record. They danced to “Thriller” by Michael Jackson.

Sunday, October 28, 2007
By RICHARD CHANG | The Orange County Register

Pop singer Michael Jackson released the song and album “Thriller” in 1982. Both became huge hits. The 1983 video for the “Thriller” single, directed by John Landis, was 14 minutes long and included a memorable dance with zombies backing a transformed Jackson, who looked like a werewolf and a zombie.