The Eagles surpass Michael Jackson for best-selling USA album of all time

21 August, 2018, 16:27 | Author: Ethel Goodwin
  • Eagles Greatest Hits

The record previously belonged to Michael Jackson's Thriller, the 1982 album which features the singles "Beat It" and "Billie Jean" among others. Do you own either Thriller or the Eagles' greatest hits collection?

In addition, Hotel California is now the third-best selling album of all-time with 26 million copies sold.

The compilation was overtaken by "Thriller" in 2009 after Jackson's death caused a surge in sales.

The Eagles' greatest hits album has officially become history's best-selling record of all-time, taking over the number one spot from Michael Jackson's "Thriller".

Michael Jackson's Thriller had always been the second best selling album of all time up till the singer's untimely death in 2009, which caused his record sales to soar to unimaginable heights.




From left, Timothy B. Schmit, Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh of The Eagles pose together with an autographed guitar after a news conference at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, in Park City, Utah.

Eagles' songwriter Don Henley has made a statement on the achievement.

Because of the growing popularity of streaming, the Recording Industry Association counts not only album sales today, but also "plays" on services like YouTube and Spotify; the association counts 1,500 streams as equal to one album sale.

Frey died in 2016, but the band still tours with Henley, Frey's son Deacon and country star Vince Gill. Though they broke up in 1980, the band got back together in 1994.

That's not even the limit of the Eagles' record-selling dominance.

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