The King still reigns. Michael Jackson has further solidified his iconic legacy with the announcement that his seminal Thriller has become the first album ever to be certified 30 times multi-platinum in the United States.
Released on November 30th, 1982, Thriller spent nearly two and a half years on the charts, including a record-setting 37 weeks at No. 1. It’s also the first (of only two) to spend its first 80 weeks within the top 10. Thriller reached 20 times multi-platinum status in less than two years after sitting on the charts for 112 weeks. On Wednesday, Billboard reported that it had crossed the 30 million sold threshold in the US, with over 100 million sales worldwide.
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“It is crystal clear that Michael Jackson is simply the greatest and biggest artist of all time,” said Epic Records chairman and CEO LA Reid in a statement. “Not only are his charts hits and sales stats staggering, but his pure musicality was other-worldly. Thrillerwas 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.”