Michael Jackson’s Thriller just hit another huge milestone. The 1982 smash is now certified 30x platinum, the Recording Industry Association of America announced Wednesday.
Thriller is the first album to ever sell 30 million copies in the U.S., and has now sold over 100 million copies worldwide.
“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 Cary Sherman, Chairman & CEO, RIAA, in a statement. “We are honored to celebrate the unique status of Thriller in Gold & Platinum history. What an exceptional achievement and testament to Thriller’s enduring spot in our hearts and musical history.”
When Thriller came out, it was nominated for 12 Grammys and won seven. The collection also spent 37 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
“It is crystal clear that Michael Jackson is simply the greatest, and biggest artist of all time,” says LA Reid, Chairman & CEO of Epic Records, in a statement. “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 he will forever remain the one-and-only King of Pop.”
John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson, echoed the sentiment: “100 million albums and counting. There has never been a phenomenon like Thriller. Michael opened the floodgates of his creativity, explored emotional depths and pushed the boundaries of sonic innovation. In the process, he breached destructive barriers in the music industry and literally united the world through his music: there isn’t a place on this planet that hasn’t been exhilarated by the music of Michael Jackson. 30 years after its release, Thriller continues to be a revelation.”