Adele’s third album, “25,” is on fire commercially, but it still has a long way to go to catch the biggest selling album of all time:
The 1982 multiple Grammy Award-winning album has been certified at the 30-million mark by the Recording Industry Assn. Of America, which monitors shipments in the U.S. by record companies. Its worldwide total has exceeded 100 million, according to Jackson's label, Epic Records.
“Thriller” was nominated for 12
"Not only are his charts hits and sales stats staggering, but his pure musicality was other-worldly," Epic Records Chairman L.A. Reid said in the same statement. " 'Thriller' was groundbreaking and electrifying...it was perfection."
The videos for several hits from "Thriller" also became cultural groundbreakers in the
Additionally, the watershed "Thriller" video remains the only music video ever inducted into the Library of Congress' National Film Registry.
"Thriller" has long been neck-and-neck with the Eagles' collection "Their Greatest Hits: 1971-1975" for the No. 1 all-time slot on the RIAA's best-sellers chart. The Southern California band's album remains close behind "Thriller," at the 29-million certification mark.
Those are two of only nine albums ever to pass the 20-million sales plateau, according to the RIAA, along with collections from Billy Joel, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, AC/DC, Garth Brooks, Fleetwood Mac and Shania Twain.
Adele's "25" has sold more than 5 million copies during its first three weeks of release, and Billboard has projected it will pass the 6-million mark by the end of the year, because it arrived at the busiest time of the year in the music business.