According to the Recording Industry Association of America and Jackson's estate, the “Thriller” album has sold 30 million copies in the United States since its original 1982 release, which makes Jackson the only artist to achieve 30-time multiplatinum status.
“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,” Cary Sherman, Chairman and CEO of RIAA, said 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 it came out in 1982, "Thriller" skyrocketed to number one in nearly every country in the world and won a record-setting eight Grammys, and clearly hasn’t slowed down since.
With 100 million albums sold worldwide and counting, the “Thriller” album’s continued success has ensured Jackson, who died in 2009, remains the biggest selling artist of all time.