New York, NY (October 30, 2008) – Seventy-three Michael Jackson Thriller fans today broke the Guinness World Record for the most people doing the Thriller dance at the same at Madame Tussauds New York in Times Square. The previous Guinness World Record was sixty-two people.
Fans from near and far – including one participant from Columbus, Ohio – dressed as zombies and as the King of Pop himself to be a part of this history-making moment with Madame Tussauds wax figure of Michael Jackson at the center of the action. The record-setting event helped celebrate the iconic videos 25th anniversary and Thrillers skyrocket to #1 on the iTunes album chart. Thriller 25, The New Edition of the World’s Biggest Selling Album Of All Time is released by Sonys Legacy Recordings and is in stores now.
While Michael Jackson was not able to attend the event, he was thrilled with its success. I always thought Halloween and ‘Thriller’ fit each other like a glove,” said Jackson.
Prior to the record-breaking dance, participants took lessons on how to do the Thriller dance from Crunch fitness instructors, received zombie mini-makeovers and had the opportunity to take a photo with Madame Tussauds Michael Jackson wax figure.
Madame Tussauds New York is so excited to have been a part of this history-making moment, said Janine DiGioacchino, General Manager of Madame Tussauds New York and Washington D.C.
The Thriller celebration has just begun. After dancing at Madame Tussauds New York, Zombie dancers are expected to rise from the dead again on Halloween night and descend on 6th avenue as part of the New York Village Halloween parade.