Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Is Still Breaking Records 33 Years After Its Release

17 December 2015 | 10:08 am | Staff Writer

Tops 100 million sales worldwide.

It remains untouched as the biggest album of all time and now Michael Jackson's Thriller has broken yet another record, with the announcement that the 1982 classic has become the first album in history to be certified 30x Multi-Platinum for US sales.

The news sees Jackson's reign as the biggest selling artist of all time continue with worldwide sales of over 100 million for Thriller and one billion overall. 

Upon its release 33 years ago, the album set the record for most Grammy wins, reeling in eight gongs, as well as going #1 in almost every country in the world including Australia, UK, France, Italy, Denmark, Belgium, South Africa, Spain, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada and apartheid South Africa. 

Seven of the nine tracks from the album became top ten singles while Beat It, Billie Jean and Thriller reached #1.

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"It is crystal clear that Michael Jackson is simply the greatest, and biggest artist of all time," said LA Reid, Chairman & CEO of Epic Records. 

"Not only are his charts hits and sales stats staggering, but his pure musicality was other-worldly. Thriller was ground-breaking 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."