Showtime has just released its first look at the forthcoming Spike Lee documentary ‘Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to ‘Off the Wall’’, which will debut on 5th February.
The video shows clips of Michael performing ‘Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough’ live from the Destiny Tour in 1979. It also features talking heads from The Weeknd, Questlove (of The Roots) among others.
The Weeknd, who has been one of the biggest selling artists of the last year, says;
“’Off the Wall’ was definitely the one that made me feel I could sing. I found my falsetto because of ‘Off The Wall.’”
The film focuses on a rarely examined chapter of Michael’s career as he evolves from the lead singer of Jackson 5 to a solo artist recording what will become his breakthrough, seminal 1979 pop record, ‘Off The Wall’. Audiences will travel with the global superstar as he strikes a new path with CBS Records, first with his brothers as The Jacksons and then stepping out on his own to create his own music with his own team. This illuminating portrait traces how an earnest, passionate, hard-working young man becomes the “King of Pop.”
The documentary contains a wealth of footage, including material from Michael’s personal archive, and in his own words. The documentary also includes interviews with prominent entertainment and sports stars including Lee Daniels, The Weeknd, Pharrell Williams, Kobe Bryant, Misty Copeland, Mark Ronson, John Legend, Questlove, L.A. Reid, and more, as well as his parents Katherine and Joe Jackson, and his brothers Jackie and Marlon Jackson. ‘Off The Wall’ created a whole new category in pop music. Written by Michael Jackson, the first single ‘Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough,’ earned Michael his first Grammy Award and was his first single to hit No. 1 in the USA and internationally as a solo artist. The album was an enormous commercial success; as of 2014 it is certified eight times platinum in the United States and has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time. ‘Off The Wall’ not only “invented pop music as we know it,” wrote Rolling Stone, it transcended music and entertainment altogether, becoming an important moment in African-American history.