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How Michael Jackson's 'Off the Wall' blurred racial lines

Financial woes and child molestation charges have overshadowed the legacy of Michael Jackson, but a new documentary is exploring his transition from child star to ‘King of Pop.’ Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall is directed by Spike Lee and chronicles the rise of Jackson’s breakthrough album, Off the Wall. The album is considered by some to be one of the greatest ever made. Its sales smashed records for a black artist in the still segregated music industry at the time of its release in 1979.

Nightline on Fusion sat down with Lee to discuss how the album continues to influence musicians today.

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How Michael Jackson's 'Off the Wall' blurred racial lines

Financial woes and child molestation charges have overshadowed the legacy of Michael Jackson, but a new documentary is exploring his transition from child star to ‘King of Pop.’ Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall is directed by Spike Lee and chronicles the rise of Jackson’s breakthrough album, Off the Wall. The album is considered by some to be one of the greatest ever made. Its sales smashed records for a black artist in the still segregated music industry at the time of its release in 1979.

Nightline on Fusion sat down with Lee to discuss how the album continues to influence musicians today.

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