December 16, 2015


Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' is First Album to Sell 30 Million in the U.S.

MJJ Productions Inc/Sony
MJJ Productions Inc/Sony

Thriller will never be over. While Michael Jackson's 1982 album has sold more than 100 million copies around the world, it's now become the first LP to go 30 times platinum in the United States. That's almost 10 percent of the country's current population.

"Jackson's Thriller was released Nov. 30 1982 and spent nearly 2 1/2 years on the Billboard album chart with 37 weeks at No. 1, holding the modern day record," Billboard reports.

Epic Records CEO and chairman L.A. Reid made the following statement:

"It is crystal clear that Michael Jackson is simply the greatest and biggest artist of all time. Not only are his charts hits and sales stats staggering, but his pure musicality was other-worldly. Thriller was groundbreaking and 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."

For some 2015 persepective, Adele crossed the 5 million mark for 25 in the U.S. three weeks after its release. It obliterated previous single-week sales records when its debut week saw 3.38 million units flying off digital and actual shelves.