Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ Becomes First-Ever 30 Times Multi-Platinum Album

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Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ passes 30-million mark in U.S. sales.

The Recording Industry Association of America said Wednesday the album has sold 30 million copies in the United States and Jackson is the first artist to receive 30-time multi-platinum status. Jackson’s music experienced a surge in popularity after his unexpected death in June 2009. “Thriller” includes the hits “Beat It,” “Billie Jean” and the title track. The new accolade is just another feather in the album’s well-decorated cap, as it currently holds records for the best-selling album of all time, most Grammy wins in a single night (eight) and the only album ever to spend 37 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s charts.

It received the RIAA’s first-ever 20x multi-platinum certification in 1984 and crossed the 29x line in August 2009, just two months after his death. It also became the first album to cross the 20-million mark, just under two years after its release on Nov. 30, 1982. “Not only are his charts hits and sales stats staggering, but his pure musicality was other-worldly,” Epic Records Chairman L.A. The recent 30x milestone would suggest that “Thriller” has sold about 166,000 copies a year since 2009 — remarkable for a time when album sales have experienced a steady decline. Reid said in the same statement. “ ‘Thriller’ was groundbreaking and electrifying…it was perfection.” The videos for several hits from “Thriller” also became cultural groundbreakers in the MTV era, helping break the color barrier for which the cable network had been criticized early on. “Thriller” has long been neck-and-neck with the Eagles’ collection “Their Greatest Hits: 1971-1975” for the No. 1 all-time slot on the RIAA’s best-sellers chart. Those are two of only nine albums ever to pass the 20-million sales plateau, according to the RIAA, along with collections from Billy Joel, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, AC/DC, Garth Brooks, Fleetwood Mac and Shania Twain.

Adele’s “25” has sold more than 5 million copies during its first three weeks of release, and Billboard has projected it will pass the 6-million mark by the end of the year, because it arrived at the busiest time of the year in the music business.

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