Michael Jackson's "Thriller" makes history as the first 30-times multi-platinum album

December 17, 2015
Jackson's "Thriller" has broken another sales record, with the Recording Industry Association of America announcing Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015, that the singer is the first artist to attain 30-time multi-platinum status after his album sold 30 million copies in the U.S. since its release in 1982. (AP Photo/Cliff Schiappa)

Michael Jackson, the late king of Pop, the best-selling artiste of all time, has made history again.

On Wednesday, the Recording Industry Association of America  (RIAA) declared Michael Jackson's “Thriller” the first album to be certified 30-times multi-platinum in U.S. sales.

 

That means "Thriller", Jackson's sixth studio album as sold more than 30 million copies in America.

 

In a statement, the RIAA spoke about the phenomenon that "Thriller" was and still is today.

 

“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,” RIAA Chairman and CEO said in a statement.

 

Released on November 30, 1982, “Thriller” has since developed an impressive track record.

 

The album was certified platinum just two months later, according to RIAA. Two years later, it was certified 20-times platinum.

 

Less than two months after Jackson died, “Thriller” hit 29-times platinum on Aug. 21, 2009.

 

Michael Jackson died of heart failure in 2009. He was 57 years old.

 

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