Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Hits First-Ever 30X Multi-Platinum Milestone
December 16, 2015 at 9:29 AM (PT)
MICHAEL JACKSON’s "Thriller" is the first album in Gold & Platinum Program history to be certified 30X Multi-Platinum for U.S., with worldwide sales of over 100 million and 1 billion overall.
“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,” said RIAA Chairman/CEO CARY SHERMAN. “We are honored to celebrate the unique status of 'Thriller' in Gold & Platinum history. What an exceptional achievement and testament to [the album]’s enduring spot in our hearts and musical history.”
Produced by JACKSON and QUINCY JONES, "Thriller" won a record-setting eight GRAMMYS, more than any album ever, and has been earning awards and setting new standards of success since its release on NOVEMBER 30th, 1982.
"It is crystal clear that MICHAEL JACKSON is simply the greatest, and biggest artist of all time," said EPIC RECORDS Chairman/CEO LA REID. "Not only are his charts hits and sales stats staggering, but his pure musicality was other-worldly. 'Thriller' was groundbreaking and electrifying...it was perfection. I am extremely proud that MICHAEL is the heart and soul of EPIC RECORDS and will forever remain the one-and-only King Of Pop."