Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ is first to sell 30 million in US

22 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Michael Jackson’s Thriller becomes first ever album to sell over 30 million records in the US.

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’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. 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.

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. 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. 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. Thirty years after its release, ‘Thriller’ continues to be a revelation.” Trailing Jackson in the RIAA’s top five certified albums are the 29x-certified Eagles’ “Greatest Hits 1971-1975” and Billy Joel’s “Greatest Hits Volume I & Volume II,” Led Zeppelin’s “Led Zeppelin IV,” and Pink Floyd’s “The Wall,” each 23x certified.

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