Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ album 30-times platinum

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ sets sales record in U.S. with 30 million albums sold.

Michael Jackson’s album Thriller is still breaking barriers more than 30 years after its release and six years after the pop superstar’s death, becoming the first album in history to cross the 30 million mark in US sales, record industry officials said. The album has sold 30 million copies in the United States, making Jackson the first artist to attain 30-time multi-platinum status, the Recording Industry Association of America and Jackson’s estate announced Wednesday. Jackson reigns as the best-selling artist of all time, totaling over 100 million in sales for “Thriller” worldwide and one billion total in sales to his credit. “RIAA has awarded Gold & Platinum records on behalf of the music business for nearly 60 years, but this is the first time an artist has crossed the 30X multi-Platinum plateau,” RIAA Chairman and CEO Cary Sherman said in a statement. “We are honored to celebrate the unique status of ‘Thriller’ in Gold & Platinum history. Its continued popularity after Jackson’s death in 2009 from an overdose of the powerful anesthetic propofol underscores the strength of the late singer’s appeal.

In the process, he breached destructive barriers in the music industry and literally united the world through his music: there isn’t a place on this planet that hasn’t been exhilarated by the music of Michael Jackson. The group monitors music sales and bestows gold status on albums that have sold 500,000 copies and platinum status if they reach one million sales. “He didn’t want to sell records to blacks or whites or Americans,” Branca said. “He wanted to sell records to everyone, Africa, Asia, everywhere. His estate has released new music, the film This is It that features footage of Jackson’s final rehearsals for his comeback concerts and a pair of Cirque du Soleil shows.

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