Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ unseated as bestselling US album of all time
Micheal Jackson may forever be hailed as The King Of Pop, but Thriller has recently been announced second in line to the throne in US album sales.
According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Jackson’s world famous Thriller, which has gone a staggering 33-times platinum is now second in command to the Eagles‘ first compilation album, Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975. The group’s 38-times platinum has assumed the title of all-time best–selling album in the US. Be that as it may, MJ’s Thriller remains the best-selling album worldwide. Since the streaming and digital download takeover of the last decade forced emphasis away from direct sales, the RIAA’s new calculations now take those methods into account, with 1500 streams of an album or 10 song downloads equating one album sale.
“We are grateful for our families, our management, our crew, the people at radio and, most of all, the loyal fans who have stuck with us through the ups and downs of 46 years,” said the Eagles’ Don Henley in a recent statement. “It’s been quite a ride.”
This isn’t Their Greatest Hits first go at the top spot either. The last time the RIAA calculated the album’s sales in 2006, it catapulted to No. 1. However, Thriller surged ahead once more in 2009 following Jackson’s death.
H/T: The Guardian