The Eagles’ greatest hits album beats of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” as No. 1 all-time album.
The Eagles’ greatest hits album has moonwalked past Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” in the history of the best-selling album of all time.
The Recording Industry Association of America told The Associated Press on Monday that the Eagles’ from the album “Greatest Hits 1971-1975” — is now certified 38x platinum, which means that the sales and streams of the album have reached 38 million copies.
The album was released in 1976 and pushes Jackson’s “Thriller”, that is 33x platinum, on the second place.
The RIAA also said that the Eagles’ Hotel California, ” released in 1977, is now 26x platinum and made it the third best-selling album of all time.
The last time RIAA revenue calculated for the Eagles’ greatest hits album was in 2006, when it said it was 29x platinum. Sales and streams for “Thriller” last updated last year.
“We are thankful for our families, our management, our crew, the people on the radio, and most of all, the loyal fans, who have stuck with us through the ups and downs of 46 years. It is quite a ride,” Don Henley said in a statement.
RIAA is the status of platinum was once equal to selling a million albums or songs, but in 2013 the company began with the recording of streaming from YouTube, Spotify and other digital music services to determine certification for albums and songs.
Now with 1500 streams from an album equals one album sale. Also 10 downloads = 1 album sale.
The Eagles, who are in Los Angeles in the beginning of the 1970s, mastered the mix of rock ‘n’ roll and country music, and the band hits such as “Hotel California” and “Take It Easy — it was a part of the soundtrack of that decade. They broke up in 1980, coming back together 14 years later, with Henley and Glenn Frey, the only remaining original members. Frey died in 2016, but the Grammy-winning band remains on tour.
The band was included in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 and received the Kennedy Center Honor in 2016.