The King of Pop is very much alive as a new legacy has been fulfilled with the late great Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
Whether or not he will forever remain the best-selling artist of all time is up to the next milestone breaker but until then.
Michael Jackson‘s Thriller has become the first album ever to be certified 30 times multi-platinum for U.S. sales, marking more than 30 million sales in the States, over 100 million sales worldwide, and 1 billion total sales to Jackson’s music.
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) made the announcement this morning with the Estate of Michael Jackson, Epic Records, and Legacy Recordings confirming Jackson’s reign.
In the statement, RIAA chairman and CEO Cary Sherman said,
“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…We are honored to celebrate the unique status of Thriller in Gold & Platinum history. What an exceptional achievement and testament to Thriller’s enduring spot in our hearts and musical history.”
Jackson’s Thriller was released Nov. 30 1982 and spent nearly 2 1/2 years on the Billboard album chart with 37 weeks at No. 1, holding the modern day record. (MJ did that!!!)
The record-setting album also won 8 Grammys with nominations in 12 categories, which was another first. (Let the applause continue folks!)
The Quincy Jones and Jackson-produced LP was also the first ever certified RIAA 20 times multi-platinum, doing so after 112 weeks on the album charts, becoming the the first album in history to spend its first 80 weeks in the album chart’s top 10, which has only been replicated once since.
Yup. MJ did it first.
Seven tracks off the Thriller album also became top 10 singles with three of them topping the singles chart.
Y’all know you remember every word and dance move to Beat It, Billie Jean and Thriller. Okay, maybe not all the dance moves but we will forever try.
Worldwide, Thriller topped charts in nearly every market, hitting No. 1 in the U.K, France, Italy, Australia, Denmark, Belgium, South Africa, Spain, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada and apartheid South Africa. (International much!)
Epic Records chairman and CEO LA Reid proclaimed Jackson’s greatness, saying,
“It is crystal clear that Michael Jackson is simply the greatest and biggest artist of all time…Not only are his charts hits and sales stats staggering, but his pure musicality was other-worldly. Thriller was groundbreaking and electrifying…it was perfection. I am extremely proud that Michael is the heart and soul of Epic Records and he will forever remain the one-and-only King of Pop.” (Preach!!!)
In a sum, ‘Long lives The King of Pop!’