Michael Jackson’s Thriller, released when he was just 24, is first album to go 33x platinum

MUSICIAL ICON: Michael Jackson

MUSICIAL ICON: Michael Jackson

THOUGH HE may be gone, Michael Jackson’s music continues to live on – and break records.

The Recording Industry of America (RIAA) announced yesterday (Feb 16) that the King of Pop‘s album, Thriller, has been certified 33x platinum.

Released in 1982 when Michael was just 24, the album is the only one to have surpassed the RIAA’s 30x million mark in U.S. sales and sold more than 105 million copies worldwide.


The album featured the unprecedented consecutive hit single line-up of Thriller, Beat It, and Billie Jean and solidified the child star as the solo megastar he would forever be known as until his death on June 25, 2009.

“Thirty-five years later, Michael Jackson’s Thrillerremains as timeless and iconic as ever,” said Cary Sherman, Chairman and CEO of the 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.”


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