Even six years after his death, Michael Jackson still continues to remind fans and detractors alike while he'll forever remain the King of Pop. His latest reminder arrived on Wednesday (December 16) when word spread that his 1982 blockbuster LP Thriller became the first album to ever sell 30 million copies in the United States.
Cary Sherman, chairman and CEO of The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), confirmed the career milestone in a statement. "RIAA has awarded gold and platinum records on behalf of the music business for nearly 60 years, but this is the first time an artist has crossed the 30 times multi-platinum plateau," he said. "What an exceptional achievement and testament to Thriller's enduring spot in our hearts and musical history."
Thriller's 30 million stateside sales also means that the iconic set, which was released back in November 1982, has moved over 100 million copies worldwide. No, that's no typo.
If you can even fathom to put the monstrous sales aside, let us remind you that Thriller also went on to win 7 Grammy Awards, produce multiple hits like the title track, "Billie Jean," and "Beat It" and spend 37 weeks atop Billboard's 200 albums chart. Long live the King of Pop!
Watch the music video for Michael Jackson's "Thriller" below!
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