If you already own a copy of Michael Jackson‘s Thriller and are a die hard MJ fan, it may be time to buy another copy to help the King of Pop maintain ownership of one particular record.
According to the Recording Industry Association of America, The Eagles now hold the distinction of having the biggest-selling album in the U.S. as their Their Greatest Hits 1971 – 1975 album is now 38x platinum. What that means is the album has sold or been streamed the equivalent of 38 million copies. It pushes Thriller, which had been the biggest selling album ever in the U.S. to second place with 33 million copies sold and the distinction of being 33x platinum.
“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,” Don Henley said in a statement.
The last time the RIAA tallied sales for The Eagles’ greatest hits disc was in 2006, when it had only sold 29 million copies. The move has led plenty of people to write that Hotel California has managed to moonwalk past the King of Pop.
20 Things You Didn’t Know About The Legendary Michael Jackson
1. MJ was a victim of physical abuse from his father as a child. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, he shed tears and claimed that he was so terrified of his father that he would often vomit when he saw him.Source: 1 of 20
2. His favorite animated character from childhood was Pinocchio.Source: 2 of 20
3. When MJ listened to the songs from his days in The Jackson 5, he said he sounded like “Minnie Mouse.”Source: 3 of 20
4. His middle name was Joseph – Michael Joseph Jackson.Source: 4 of 20
5. “Billie Jean” is allegedly based on a true story. MJ claims an obsessive fan tried to say he was the father of her child.Source: 5 of 20
6. His first song to hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart was “Ben” in 1972.Source: 6 of 20
7. MJ was a huge Beatles fan. He paid $47 million for the publishing rights to the Beatles back catalogue in 1985 and sold a share of it to Sony in 1995 for $95 million.Source: 7 of 20
8. Get this… The costumes for the “Thriller” video came from the Salvation Army.Source: 8 of 20
9. Jackson invented and owns the patent for the special anti-gravity boots he wore that allowed him to lean forward extremely far in live performances of “Smooth Criminal.”Source: 9 of 20
10. MJ loved animals, and had several…strange pets. He had a python called Crusher, two llamas called Louis and Lola, and his most famous pet was Bubbles, the chimpanzee.Source: 10 of 20
11. Sources say MJ “borrowed” the Moonwalk from street dancers he saw outside a hotel.Source: 11 of 20
12. The original song title for “Thriller” was “Starlight.”Source: 12 of 20
13. Sources say MJ slept in an oxygen tent to live longer and for cosmetic purposes.Source: 13 of 20
14. MJ was a proud owner of a 2,700-acre Neverland Ranch that has a theme park, a menagerie, and a movie theater.Source: 14 of 20
15. “Home Alone” star Macaulay Culkin was one of MJ’s closest friends, and is the godfather of two of Jackson’s children.Source: 15 of 20
16. MJ’s estate signed a deal with Sony that gave them access to his unreleased recordings for $250 million.Source: 16 of 20
17. MJ often wore a black armband to remind people of the suffering of children around the world.Source: 17 of 20
18. The Los Angeles mansion he was renting just before he passed away once belonged to Sean Connery.Source: 18 of 20
19. MJ was allegedly a pretty avid reader… He was once accused by a library of owing $1 million in overdue book fines.Source: 19 of 20
20. Wikipedia, Twitter, and AOL’s Instant Messenger all crashed at 3:15PM on the day MJ died: June 25, 2009.Source: 20 of 20
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