Eagles Crowned New Sales Kings by RIAA
The King of Pop has been dethroned.
Michael Jackson’s best selling album, Thriller, is no-longer the best selling album of all time. Meet the new royals: The Eagles.
The Eagles‘ ‘Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)‘ has been confirmed to be the best-selling album of all-time in the US, with the Recording Industry Association Of America (RIAA) reporting sales of 38 million copies. ‘Thriller’, meanwhile, is five million behind at 33 million copies.
Sales for the greatest hits record, released in 1976, were last tallied in 2006 when it was 29 times platinum. ‘Thriller”s sales were updated last year.
Why the change? The new figures include streaming statistics. According to the RIAA’s rules, 1,500 streams of an album or 10 song downloads are equal to one album sale.
In a statement, The Eagles’ Don Henley said: “We are grateful for our families, our management, our crew, the people at radio and, most of all, the loyal fans who have stuck with us through the ups and downs of 46 years. It’s been quite a ride.”