Eagles "Greatest Hits" album surpasses "Thriller" as top-selling album

music news 21/08/2018

The Eagles' greatest hits compilation "Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975" has passed Michael Jackson's "Thriller" as the top-selling album of all time.

Eagles' first hits compilation was the first to be issued a platinum certification for selling at least one million copies. According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the same album have reached over 38 million copies sold worldwide in sales and streams, achieving 38-times platinum while Jackson's "Thriller" sits at 33-times platinum.

RIAA's platinum certification covers physical and digital sales as well as streams. 1,500 streams of an album or ten song downloads are equivalent to one album sale.

Both albums by Eagles and Michael Jackson have been neck to neck for years. Sales for "Thriller" had a massive spike during the period after Jackson's death in 2009.

The Eagle's "Hotel California" album has also been certified 26-times platinum, which makes the album the third top-selling album of all time.

Eagles frontman Don Henley stated that the band is grateful for their families, management, crew, the radio industry and the loyal fans "who have stuck with us through the ups and downs of 46 years".