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It’s well known that Michael Jackson was the King of Pop and one of the best-selling artists of all time. His albums have topped and remained on the Billboard charts for decades and continue to do so even now, six years after his death.
In a statement announced Wednesday by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Michael Jackson’s 1982 album Thriller has become the first album to be certified 30x multi-platinum. A record reaches platinum status after 1,000,000 recorded sales. Thriller currently has 100,000,000 sales, surpassing runner up AC/DC’s Back in Black by over 50%.
Co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson, John Branca and John McClain both agreed; there has never been a phenomenon like Thriller. “Thirty years after its release, Thriller continues to be a revelation,” they said in a joint statement.
Released at the end of 1982, Thriller’s seven singles all reached Top Ten status on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It spent 37 weeks at number one, more than any other record, and was on the Top 200 chart for over two years.
Aside from its multi-platinum status, Thriller holds the Guinness World Record for Best Selling Album, which it received on January 1, 2012.
During the 1984 Grammy’s, Thriller swept the competition, earning a record eight awards including Album of the Year and Best Vocal Performance in multiple genres.
Michael Jackson’s death in 2009 put the album back on the charts for both physical album sales and digital downloads. It sold 1.27 million copies in that year alone and continues to sell at monumental rates.