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.
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.
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.”