Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ sets another milestone with 30m copies sold

The late singer's sixth studio album goes 30 times platinum

The biggest-selling album by Michael Jackson has broken records by selling 30 million copies.

The singer’s 1982 sixth studio album, which saw its 33rd birthday this year, has officially become the first album (recognised) to sell such a high number of copies.

Cary Sherman, chairman and CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America, said in a statement: “RIAA has awarded gold and platinum records on behalf of the music business for nearly 60 years, but this is the first time an artist has crossed the 30 times multi-platinum plateau. What an exceptional achievement and testament to ‘Thriller’s enduring spot in our hearts and musical history.”


This achievement for ‘Thriller’ comes in a long line of others, including going platinum within its first year of sales, and going 20 times platinum by the end of 1984.

Two months after Jackson passed away, ‘Thriller’ went 29 times platinum.


In recent news surrounding the late Michael jackson, Sharad Chandra Patel, father of the late film producer and director Raju Patel, is suing the Michael Jackson estate for not allowing him to finish making a film for fans that his son started.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sharad Chandra Patel launched the lawsuit on Thursday (November 3) after being denied access to the deceased singer’s music and personal effects.

The film, ‘Messages to Michael’ was due to be made following the charges of child molestation against the late singer in 2003. It’s said that Jackson wanted to make a film tribute “to the dedicated fans who stood by him during difficult times when many others turned their backs”.

In 2005 Jackson signed a contract agreeing to split the profits of the film 50-50 with Raju Patel “or his nominee”. Raju Patel elected his father before he died of cancer three months after signing the contract.


Sharad Chandra Patel attempted to gain creditor’s rights in 2010, which were denied, and now he’s trying to get hold of pre-recorded home footage and music. The Jackson Estate has called it a “meritless lawsuit”.


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