Michael Jackson’s Thriller has become the first album in RIAA Gold & Platinum Program history to be certified 33x Diamond as it reaches 33m US sales and streams.
Thriller is still the only album ever to have surpassed the RIAA’s 30 million mark in US sales.
Worldwide, its total now tops over 105 million copies. Jackson’s overall worldwide record sales exceed 1 billion.
His seventh album Bad has also achieved RIAA 10x Diamond Award status in recognition of US sales and streams of 10m units.
During his career, Jackson released 13 No.1 singles and became one of only a handful of artists to be inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
“Thirty five years later, Michael Jackson’s Thriller remains as timeless and iconic as ever.”
Cary Sherman, Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)
“Thirty five years later, Michael Jackson’s Thriller remains as timeless and iconic as ever,” said Cary Sherman, Chairman and CEO, Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
“‘Thriller has now become the first and only album to achieve an RIAA 33X Diamond Award, a moment forever etched in Gold & Platinum Program history.
“Congratulations on another Thriller milestone.”
Pictured L-R: Doug Morris (Chief Executive Officer, Sony Music), Rob Stringer (Chairman & CEO, Columbia Records), John Branca (Co-Executor of the Estate of Michael Jackson), Richard Story (President, Commercial Music Group), Antonio “L.A.” Reid (Chairman & CEO, Epic Records), and Karen Langford (Estate of Michael Jackson)Music Business Worldwide