Michael Jackson’s Thriller is no longer the best-selling album of all time, thanks to the Eagles and their greatest hits compilation, Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975.
The Hits album, released in 1976, has racked up sales of more than 38 million, according to the Recording Association of America (RIAA). The total sales number calculated by the RIAA includes album sales, streams and digital downloads but does not include randomized streams. 1,500 streams or 10 song downloads equal one album sale.
Michael Jackson’s Thriller has been certified 33x Platinum, meaning the Eagles have overtaken it with 5 million more units sold. In third place is the Eagles’ Hotel California with 26 million in sales.
“Congratulations to the Eagles, who now claim the jaw-dropping feat of writing and recording two of the top three albums in music history,” said Cary Sherman, Chairman and CEO, RIAA. “Both of these transcendent albums have impressively stood the test of time, only gaining more currency and popularity as the years have passed, much like the Eagles themselves. As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the RIAA’s Gold & Platinum Program this year, it is only fitting that we can recognize the Eagles for their singular contribution to the history of American music.”
The Eagles – Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit with Deacon Frey and Vince Gill – are currently on tour across the U.S. with dates running through October 20th.
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The Eagles 2018 Tour Dates
9/08/18 – Phoenix, AZ, United States @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
9/12/18 – Los Angeles, CA, United States @ The Forum
9/14/18 – Los Angeles, CA, United States @ The Forum
9/15/18 – Los Angeles, CA, United States @ The Forum
9/18/18 – Sacramento, CA, United States @ Golden 1 Center
9/20/18 – San Francisco, CA, United States @ AT&T Park
9/22/18 – San Diego, CA, United States @ PETCO Park
10/06/18 – Hartford, CT, United States @ XL Center
10/09/18 – New York, NY, United States @ Madison Square Garden
10/10/18 – New York, NY, United States @ Madison Square Garden
10/12/18 – Newark, NJ, United States @ Prudential Center
10/14/18 – Detroit, MI, United States @ Little Caesars Arena
10/15/18 – Chicago, IL, United States @ United Center
10/18/18 – Milwaukee, WI, United States @ Wisconsin Ent. & Sports Center
10/20/18 – Cleveland, OH, United States @ Quicken Loans Arena