The Eagles Overtake Michael Jackson For Best-Selling Album Of All Time

Congrats, dads everywhere.

The Eagles' greatest hits album, Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 has stood up to its title of being full of great hits, and has outsold Michael Jackson's Thriller to become the best selling album of all time in the U.S.

According to the Associated Press, the album is certified 38x platinum, meaning sales and streams of the album combined has reached 38 million copies. Jackson's Thriller is 33x platinum.

Apparently the Recording Industry Association of America also revealed the Eagles' Hotel California album released in 1977 is at 26x platinum, meaning its coming in third!

The RIAA hadn't tallied the Eagles' sales since 2006, and since then they've managed to dominate streaming and album sales, while Thriller's sales were apparently updated last year.

Back in the good ol' days the RIAA equated one million albums to platinum status but since the rise of streaming platforms the organisation has had to update their systems.

The Eagles Surpass Michael Jackson With Best-Selling Album Of All Time
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Now, the RIAA counts the purchase of an album (digital or physical), ten track downloads from an album or 1,500 audio and/or video streams from an album as one unit. Combining those stats the album would need 1 million units to reach platinum status.

Founding member of the Eagles, Don Henley, said in a statement that the band were full of gratitude.

"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."

This isn't the first time the Eagles' Greatest Hits 1971-1975 has reached the number one spot, it sat at the top of the record for almost ten years before Jackson's death in 2009 saw a rise in sales of Thriller.

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