It has been eight years since the King of Pop has passed, but his music continues to live on through his millions of fans and family. Jackson’s record sales continue to flourish.
The RIAA (Recording Industry of America), the Estate of Michael Jackson, Epic Records, and Legacy Recordings announced on Feb.16 that Jackson’s Thriller album became the ONLY album ever to surpassed the RIAA’s 30x million mark in U.S. sales and more than 105 million copies sold worldwide.
Thriller was released in 1982 and featured the hit records “Thriller,” “Beat It,” and “Billie Jean.” This album solidified Jackson in the music world as a solo megastar until his death on June 25, 2009.
“Thirty-five years later, Michael Jackson’s Thriller remains as timeless and iconic as ever. Thriller has now become the first and only album to achieve an RIAA 33X Diamond Award; a moment forever etched in Gold & Platinum Program history. Congratulations on another Thriller milestone,” said Cary Sherman, Chairman, and CEO of the RIAA.
Also, Jackson’s Bad album sales and streams has 10 million units in the United States and reached the RIAA 10X Diamond Award.
Doug Morris (Chief Executive Officer, Sony Music), Rob Stringer (Chairman & CEO, Columbia Records), John Branca (Co-Executor of the Estate of Michael Jackson), Richard Story (President, Commercial Music Group), Antonio “L.A.” Reid (Chairman & CEO, Epic Records), and Karen Langford (Estate of Michael Jackson) gather next to the commemorative plaque for a photo in Los Angeles.