Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ Album Just Reached A Huge Milestone


Michael Jackson’s impact is still felt by thousands across the world, and this latest news just solidifies his genius even more. MJ’s sixth studio album, Thriller, just went 30-times multi-platinum, Billboard confirms, marking this masterpiece as the first album in the U.S. to reach more than 100 million sales and etching the billionth mark in sales worldwide.

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In a statement issued by RIAA’s chairman and CEO Cary Sherman, “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.”

The Quincy Jones and Jackson-produced soundscape was released on Nov. 30 1982, and boasts chart-topping singles like “Billie Jean,” “Human Nature,” “Beat It,” and the horror-tastic “Thriller.” The album also received writer’s credit from Rod Temperton, Steve Porcaro, James Ingram and John Bettis.

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Thriller was released through Epic Records, which also prompted a statement from the label’s chairman and CEO, L.A. Reid. “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.”