Michael Jackson's Thriller has become the first album ever to be certified 30 times multi-platinum for U.S. sales,
marking more than 30 million sales in the States.
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) made the announcement Wednesday (12/15/15) with the
Estate of Michael Jackson, Epic Records and Legacy Recordings, as the new milestone continues Jackson's reign
as the most selling artist of all time with over 100 million sales for Thriller worldwide and 1 billion total sales to
Jackson's Thriller was released Nov. 30 1982 and spent nearly 2 1/2 years on the Billboard album chart with 37 weeks
at No. 1, holding the modern day record. It was also the first album in history to spend its first 80 weeks in the album
chart's top 10, which has only been replicated once since.
The Jackson LP was also the first ever certified RIAA 20 times multi-platinum, doing so after 112 weeks on
the album chart -- less than two years in all. The album won a record-setting 8 Grammys with nominations
in 12 categories -- another first.