Michael Jackson’s 1982 Thriller album is still setting music industry records. The Recording Industry Association of America has announced that the King of Pop’s Thriller album has now sold more than 30 million copies in the United States alone, making it the first album in music history to reach certified platinum status 30 times, which is also equal to a 3-times diamond selling record.
Thriller was certified platinum 20 times after its first 112 weeks on the Billboard Pop chart. Thriller has also sold an amazing 100 million copies worldwide, helping cement Michael Jackson as the most selling artist of all time totaling more than one billion album sales from all of Jackson’s music recordings.
Thriller spent 37 consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Pop chart. No other album in music history so far has been able to do the same. Thriller is the first album in music history to spend 80 consecutive weeks in the top 10. Thriller also saw seven top 10 singles including No. 1 hits “Beat It,” “Billie Jean” and the title track “Thriller.”
Thriller was Grammy nominated in 12 categories, taking home eight awards, setting the Grammy Award record.
In the RIAA statement, Epic Records Chairman and CEO LA Reid said:
It’s crystal clear that Michael Jackson is simply the greatest and biggest artist of all time. Not only are his chart 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.