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Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ Becomes First Album To Go 30x Platinum

Published: Wednesday 16th Dec 2015 by Sam
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Greatness doesn’t die, it lives on and inspires. Michael Jackson, the ever-reigning King of Pop, remains the most potent of reminders.

Find out the latest reason why below…

This morning the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced that Jackson’s career defining album ‘Thriller’ is now 30x Platinum.

The iconic 1982 effort (MJ’s second solo LP) becomes the first album to ever sell 30 million copies in the U.S., and has now sold well over 100 million copies worldwide.

RIAA Chairman and CEO Cary Shearman said in a statement:

“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.”

Epic Records, the longtime and now legacy label for Jackson’s records, added (by way of its current chairman L.A Reid):

“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.”

John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the late superstar’s Estate, echoed Reid, adding:

“100 million albums and counting. There has never been a phenomenon like Thriller. Michael opened the floodgates of his creativity, explored emotional depths and pushed the boundaries of sonic innovation. In the process, he breached destructive barriers in the music industry and literally united the world through his music: there isn’t a place on this planet that hasn’t been exhilarated by the music of Michael Jackson. 30 years after its release, Thriller continues to be a revelation.”

Upon its release,  ‘Thriller’ was nominated for 12 Grammys and went on to win 7. What’s more, the set – which houses smashes such as ‘Billie Jean’ and ‘Beat It’ – spent 37 weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

The actual ever lasting slayage.

MJ, we eternally salute you!

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  1. maurice December 16, 2015

    Will Monica’s ‘Code RED’ do the same?
    hehe.

    • Queen Cici December 16, 2015

      Thanks for letting everyone know how much of a pathetic individual you are with no life. Congrats.

      • maurice December 16, 2015

        Monica HATES your fave, formerly a friend of hers, and that is a fact, my sweetheart.
        Do your Googles.

      • Queen Cici December 16, 2015

        Please grow up, and stop further embarrassing yourself.

      • maurice December 16, 2015

        19k.
        There’s nothing more embarrassing, sweetie. 🙂

      • Queen Cici December 16, 2015

        Not more embarrassing than a lonely f** trolling for attention. So how do you feel now that you’ve got the attention that you wanted, is there anything else you need? How about a pray?

    • 👑Queen Molly👑 December 16, 2015

      Monigga? 30 million? Nah bruh 😭

      • Queen Cici December 16, 2015

        Here’s another. Are you done flip flopping between fav’s to garner validation from perfect stranger’s. You people really need love and God in your lives.

      • maurice December 16, 2015

        LMAO YASSSSS Molly! Queen Cici is pressed out here cos her fave can’t sell. Oh and did y’all see Monica’s lacefront on Breakfast Club. I cannot with my life.. Queen CiCi, you WILL deal.

    • AnnaliseKeatingsNewWig December 16, 2015

      Weren’t you the same person that left me some tired ass laminated essay about how Tamar’s numbers didn’t matter, because she made an album that was true R&B? Tamar’s album was solid and Monica’s will be solid too, so don’t be a hypocrite. Then again, you’ll pretty much say any bullsh*t to get the 1st or 2nd comment in the comment section. #AttentionSeeker

  2. TrellBeyLike December 16, 2015

    G.O.A.T! our faves could never!

    • What now December 16, 2015

      This tho! NOT ONE! He is THE King of Music. Everyone is a lessor.

  3. Queen Cici December 16, 2015

    The King of pop! His music is ever lasting.

    • truth(Janet is QWEEN, was a hot MaDINOSAUR is a flop! Deal!) December 16, 2015

      The grip on my puusssy is everlasting. #MyGoodElasticPussy

  4. cocobutta December 16, 2015

    A TRUE GREAT OF MUSIC AND VIDEOS.

    👏 👏 True King of the arts

  5. MsYonce December 16, 2015

    KING OF POP 👏👏👏👏👏

  6. coolness December 16, 2015

    What?! That figure is some artists TOTAL ALBUMS SOLD in their career!!!! MJ stays snatching from the grave. There will NEVER be another.

  7. Suicide Blonde December 16, 2015

    Thriller is the best selling album of all time, there’s no doubt about it but it has no sold 100 million copies worldwide, i don’t know why people exaggerate its figures, no need to lie, the album is the epitome of success.

    • The Emancipation December 16, 2015

      What took you so long you little racist f** Doll. It’s funny, because I knew you were going to come in here and start your s***.

    • truth(Janet is QWEEN, was a hot MaDINOSAUR is a flop! Deal!) December 16, 2015

      When will Elvis u racist biitch. I c y u mad.

    • AnnaliseKeatingsNewWig December 16, 2015

      Kurt Cocaine could NEVA! and he’s in the same place MJ is, so what’s his excuse?

  8. 👑Queen Molly👑 December 16, 2015

    Slaying from the grave. When will Aaliyah?

    • truth(Janet is QWEEN, was a hot MaDINOSAUR is a flop! Deal!) December 16, 2015

      OMFG, CROAK U FU CKN BIITCH!!!

    • Laughing December 16, 2015

      Clearly she’s doing it. Otherwise your worthless ass wouldn’t invoke her name FOURTEEN years after her passing. Let’s hope someone remembers your useless ass after you die. Never try Aaliyah again for as long as you’re on this earth.

    • King Mark111 /.\ December 16, 2015

      I thought she was only pooping AFTER her death? Pick a hate please. But Aaliyah sold more than Ciara, rather you pick her success alive or dead.

  9. The Emancipation December 16, 2015

    What took you so long you little racist f** Doll. It’s funny, because I knew you were going to come in here and start your s***.

  10. DIABETES UNBOTHERED December 16, 2015

    I was actually doing my research on this album not to long ago. This album came out BEFORE the SOUND SCAN ERA!!! HOW TF they know it sold 30 mill US when retAilers were simply surveyed on what was selling. Ofcourse it is much easier to calculate SHIPMENTS but Not sales. THRILLER os likely 25 mill us & 70 mill ww. Labels inflate sells all the time like 21 which SHIPPED not sold 30 million ww. But noone knows for sure about thriller but we do know its the most successful album of all time.

    • Aaliyah Dana Carter December 16, 2015

      receipt of 21 not selling 30 million? I actually believe it since it’s to track sales.

    • Memz December 16, 2015

      Let me ask you two very fair questions: when will Beyoncé? Are ”Dangerously in love” sales inflated like 21’s as you claim?

      • DIABETES UNBOTHERED December 16, 2015

        When factoring bmg club sales DIL sold arround &0.5 mill… 5.5 mill US. Yes 12 mill is inflation.

    • Sandra December 17, 2015

      It’s one if the top selling albums in the Soundscan era too though, with 7 million copies!! That proves its sales are real , what album sells 7 million almost a decade after its release if its not a popular album?

  11. DIABETES UNBOTHERED December 16, 2015

    Suicide Blonde says: Thriller is the best selling album of all time, there’s no doubt about it but it has no sold 100 million copies worldwide, i don’t know why people exaggerate its figures, no need to lie, the album is the epitome

    Wow Suicide blode actually put the crack pipe down and actually spoke THE TRUTH for once.

    • truth(Janet is QWEEN, was a hot MaDINOSAUR is a flop! Deal!) December 16, 2015

      Put my puussy in yo mouth ho and c if that stops u from talkn

    • Sandra December 17, 2015

      Thriller sold 70 million copies ww. It’s the best selling album of all time

  12. Aaliyah Dana Carter December 16, 2015

    I agree with suicide blonde. The legends from the 60’s- 80’s sales are inflated to the gods, especially the big 4 ( Beatles,elvis,MJ and Madonna u can’t track their sales and it’s mostly based on shipments. I doubt this album has sold more than 100 million

    • Sandra December 17, 2015

      If anything Aaliyah sales are inflated to the gods, 32 million albums sold yea right, when she’s only certified for 8 million in the US and she was local as f’ck! She sold 15 million albums ww at most!
      At least MJ, Madonna, Beatles and elvis have hundred of millions CERTIFIED units sold ww, and they are global! Where is your proof that their sales are inflated?

  13. DIABETES UNBOTHERED December 16, 2015

    @Aliyah dana carter

    Wheres yur Aliyah + Jayz avatar lol i used to laugh @ that Idiotic avi… bey stole him away from Ali when she was 19 and b4 Ali died and yur proud of that??? And death at u mentioning receipts when u claim ali sold 30 mill ww i hope u mean RECORDS and not albums. Yeah 21 sold like 26 mill not 30… it just crossed 20 mill in 2012 so how it sold another 10 mill 3 years later???

  14. Nicki Minaj thee ONLY QB December 16, 2015

    Queen Nicki will beat him watch…

    • December 16, 2015

      you are the type of hater that is the worse, acting like a nicki fan talk that mad sh!t to get people to hate on her and to make her fans look stupid, get the hell out of here you clown.

      • Nicki Minaj thee ONLY QB December 16, 2015

        No honey boo boo your the hater for doubting that the Queen can do it. I love Nicki that’s why I big her up. BYE HATER!

  15. Rebecca S for Queen B & Princess Rih December 16, 2015

    He’s the King! Michael’s greatness just continues to solidify.

  16. DIABETES UNBOTHERED December 16, 2015

    Usually when album sells figures end at 000000s even its obviously due to inflation… if it crossed 30 mill in us for instance wouldnt u be doing it more justice by stating in sold 34 or 32 million why? Because it didnt SELL 30 mill thats riaa shipments. I do think it sold 28 mill labels over ship but not by much… they make there money after all by shipments retailers are the ones that profit by sales. So congrats to sony.

  17. EllieLights93 December 16, 2015

    Sorry but “21” is better!

  18. thando December 16, 2015

    abused by violent father, deep seated personality disorder that made him destroy his body, a disgusting paedophile who prematurely ended his life with a soaring drug addiction that was ironically blamed on the doctor he most likely forced into providing him with the drug(s).

    • Truth December 16, 2015

      But a musical genius. No one is perfect.

      • thando December 16, 2015

        Prince is far better.

    • King Stephy December 16, 2015

      Oh, get the crap over it. MJ FOREVERRR!

    • AnnaliseKeatingsNewWig December 16, 2015

      @thando the devil is a liar *looks at your red fork*

    • Sandra December 17, 2015

      Stay angry that your fave is NEVER getting a 30x platinum album like the KING Michael Jackson! His legacy reigns supreme.

  19. RDK December 16, 2015

    Legendary,Micheal Jackson in every meaning of the word.

  20. Leather & Lace December 16, 2015

    Purple Rain >>>>>

    • truth(Janet is QWEEN, was a hot MaDINOSAUR is a flop! Deal!) December 16, 2015

      30milli biitch

  21. King Stephy December 16, 2015

    Slayage

  22. Let’s Be Real December 16, 2015

    You guys are crazy. This album easily has sold 100milli. People re buy albums. I know myself I’ve purchased this album 4 times over the years.I’m 22. Imagine a mj fan of 40 plus years???it probably sold 30 million back in the 80s we easy if not more

  23. King Mark111 /.\ December 16, 2015

    Prince music is so dated. Mj’s is timeless. But I get it, saying Prince is better will make you stand out and feel special.
    .
    Anyway, THE KING! That’s why he’s the one and only. No JT, Usher,CB, Beyonce, Friday-Sunday, Borto Mars, Grandonna or anyone else can stand next to MJ. The Beatles? Sure they sold more, but guess who still to this day owns that catalog? Michael. lol Plus most of Elivs and The Roaches sales came after death.
    .
    .
    The Roaches:
    Studio albums 27
    Live albums 4
    Compilation albums 52
    Video albums 11
    Music videos 62
    EPs 21
    Singles 55
    Box sets 13
    .
    .
    Elfish:
    Studio albums 24
    Live albums 6
    Compilation albums 11
    EPs 30
    Soundtrack albums 19
    .
    .
    The King Of Pop:
    Studio albums 10
    Live albums 1
    Compilation albums 72
    EPs 6
    Soundtrack albums 3
    Remix albums

    • UMo December 16, 2015

      You are a flaming homosexual Mark. You’re parents failed big time.

      • King Mark111 /.\ December 16, 2015

        Ya ok.

  24. King Mark111 /.\ December 16, 2015

    “Three years later, Michael Jackson purchased ATV for a reported $47.5 million. The acquisition gave him control over the publishing rights to more than 200 Beatles songs, as well as 40,000 other copyrights. In 1995, in a deal that earned him a reported $110 million, Jackson merged his music publishing business with Sony, creating a new company, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, in which he held a 50% stake. The merger made the new company, then valued at over half a billion dollars, the third largest music publisher in the world.”
    .
    .
    Poor Paul. Hahahahaha, POOR! lol

  25. Chile, leave my weave at the door and don’t steal it like those broke ass barb stans December 16, 2015

    And he STILL has those tired ass, bored, jealous white people seething to death all while he’s in the grave comfortable and unbothered. Lol! Not The Beatles, not Elton John, not Elvis, not some old ass rock band full of white, wrinkly men, but a BLACK MAN killed them ALL and the music is STILL TIMELESS and speaking foe itself. Let them hate! They all STOLE from black people and actually have the nerve to GET MAD AND FIX THEIR PLASTIC ASS FACES when A BLACK MAN appropriates HIS OWN DAMN CULTURE and still sell way more than the copycats and stealers. God bless this man…he’s a one in a million performer! Those white people WISH they had half of his talent, legacy, and success.

  26. Chile, leave my weave at the door and don’t steal it like those broke ass barb stans December 16, 2015

    Am I the only one who thinks that “subway peddler” scene from “The Wiz” is one of the scariest things I’ve ever seen in a movie from my childhood? The movie is great, but it has a lot of weird, freaky scenes to induce nightmares in children.

  27. @JanetCIARA_ December 16, 2015

    ICON

  28. Sandra December 17, 2015

    ICON, LEGEND, Michael Jackson is the KING!
    Thriller is the best selling album of all Time. Classic remembered hit songs that stood the test of time. King Michael Jackson reigns supreme and Elvis/Prince fans are ANGRY lol

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