“Thriller” Has Sold 30 Million Copies, Making Michael Jackson the King of Everything

Forget Pop, Michael Jackson has just become the King of ALL Music, as the first artist to have an album be recognized for selling 30-million copies in the United States. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has just announced that the iconic LP Thriller has bested all other albums, becoming the first to reach the 30-million mark in sales, at least in the United States. Worldwide, the album has bested 100-million copies, but never before has the RIAA recognized an album for going platinum, 30 times over. In total, Jackson’s total albums sold reaches well into the billion mark, leaving no doubt that his legacy will go down in history as being the biggest, even six years after his tragic passing.


According to Rolling Stone, the RIAA announced earlier today the landmark achievement, with its CEO Cary Sherman remarking “What an exceptional achievement and testament to Thriller‘s enduring spot in our hearts and musical history.” That enduring spot began being cemented the day of the album’s release, on November 30, 1982. As RS writer Kory Grow shares, it took less than two years for the album to begin setting blockbuster records. “On October 30th, 1984, it was certified 20 times platinum. The record continued to set milestones, the most recent of which was crossing the 29 times platinum threshold on August 21st, 2009, less than two months after Jackson’s death.”

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Read: Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ Is First Album to Sell 30 Million Copies at Rolling Stone.

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