Michael Jackson’s Estate Reacts To The Singer’s 24 New RIAA Gold/Platinum Awards

One of the most popular entertainers in history continues to rack up plaques.

(AllHipHop News) Michael Jackson passed away in 2009, but the iconic performer is still the undisputed King of Pop. Proof of MJs eternal reign comes in the form of the late singer earning 24 new Platinum and Gold Awards from the Recording Industry Association of America.

Michaels music and spirit has proved exciting and relevant to each succeeding generation, and that is borne out by these tremendous numbers and the kinds of artists who gravitate to and are inspired by his music, states John Branca and John McClain, the co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson.

Twenty-one songs and three albums collected new RIAA certifications. Dangerous and History: Past, Present & Future Book 1 are now 8-times platinum. The Essential Michael Jackson greatest hits compilation has passed the quadruple-platinum mark.

These new awards highlight the enduring legacy of Michael Jackson, says RIAA President Mitch Glazier. Michaels music continues to be a dominant cultural force today. Thats a testament to his iconic music and to the team that astutely protects his legacy. As we celebrate 60 years of Gold and Platinum Awards this year, we are proud to recognize once again one of the programs signature artists.

Richard Story, President CMG, Sony Music Entertainment adds, Michael Jacksons music and short films continue to thrill fans and inspire artists all over the world. These new certifications are a testament to Michaels continued legacy.

New Album Certifications:

  • Dangerous - 8x multi-Platinum
  • History: Past, Present & Future Book 1 - 8x multi-Platinum
  • The Essential Michael Jackson - 4x multi-Platinum

New Song Certifications:

  • Thriller - 6x multi-Platinum
  • Billie Jean - 5x multi-Platinum
  • Beat It 4x multi-Platinum
  • Man In The Mirror - 3x multi-Platinum
  • Smooth Criminal - 2x multi-Platinum
  • Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough - 3x multi-Platinum
  • The Way You Make Me Feel - 2x multi-Platinum
  • P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) - 2x multi-Platinum
  • Black Or White - 2x multi-Platinum
  • Rock With You - 2x multi-Platinum
  • Bad - Platinum
  • Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' - Platinum
  • Dirty Diana - Platinum
  • Human Nature - Platinum
  • Remember The Time - Platinum
  • They Dont Care About Us - Gold
  • You Rock My World - Gold
  • Will You Be There - Platinum
  • Hold My Hand - Gold
  • Earth Song - Gold
  • Off The Wall - Platinum

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@brandon Penny l had my doubts too because the last time they check the Eagles certification was 2007 and they were 2 million behind Thriller. So between 2007 and 2018 they would have to have sold around 8 to 9 million albums. If the Eagles Greatest Hits sold that many albums during that period of time it would still be on the billboad charts probably in the top 40. They essentially wouldve went gold every year. New albums dont do thoses kinds of number unless its a major hit. The claim that Eagles Greatest Hits, an album by the way I've never seen anyone own is bulls***


The headlines and articles purposefully fails to mention the fact that RIAA is referring to U.S album sales only.

Thriller is still the BEST-Selling Album of All Time globally with officially 65+ million copies sold worldwide, and 110+ million units.

At 65,8 million pure sales, Thriller is the best selling album ever. At 116,7 million CSPC sales, Thriller is the most successful album ever.

At 33,6 million pure sales, Bad is the #2 top selling male studio album ever, top 10 album studio albums and top 10 album artist albums. At 29,55 million pure sales, Dangerous is the #3 top selling male studio album ever, top 20 album studio albums and top 20 album artist albums. Off The Wall and HIStory are among the top 100 best selling albums ever. At 182,6 million, Michael Jackson sold more studio albums than anyone else. In pure sales, Off The Wall, Thriller, Bad, Dangerous and HIStory are respectively #2, #1, #1, #2 and #3 among the top sellers of their year of release. Thriller is the best selling international studio album ever in Canada, the UK, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium. Thriller is the best selling English-speaking Brazil, Mexico and Argentina. At 5,29 million and 5,12 million, Thriller and Dangerous are the top 2 best selling international artist albums ever in Asia. At 19,34 million and 15,14 million, Thriller and Bad are the top 2 best selling studio albums ever in Europe.

At 62,9 million CSPC sales, Bad is the third most successful album ever. At 45,4 million CSPC sales, Dangerous is among the top 20 most successful albums ever.

At 16 million, Thriller generated more physical singles sales than any other non-Soundtrack album. At 13,2 million, Bad is top 5 among the albums that generated the most physical singles sales among non-Soundtrack album.

Michael Jackson is the only artist ever with 4 albums which achieved 10 million sales with their physical singles. At 40,5 million, Thriller generated more compilation sales than any other album. At 28 million, Thriller generated more digital singles sales than any other catalog album.

At over 2 billion, Thriller is the catalog album with the most YouTube views ever. Songs from Bad and HIStory are over 1 billion.

At 12,3 million, This Is It is the greatest selling music video ever.


The facts are coming... Fake news exposed.

Digging deeper into the realm of RIAA magic, consider the treatment afforded the Eagles Their Greatest Hits 19711975.

Originally certified in 1976 as part of the promotional thrust around Platinum designation, 19711975 was inexplicably re-certified twelve times platinum in 1990, and in 1995, an inconceivable twenty-two times.

This ballooned to twenty-six times in 1999, with a final certification of twenty-nine times platinum in 2006 a broadly publicized crest, as it meant the compilation had overtaken Michael Jacksons Thriller as the best-selling album of all time.

According to the RIAA, Their Greatest Hits 19711975 shipped seventeen million copies between 1990 and 2006. Yet according to SoundScan, over the same period, it sold just over five million.

Given that between 2006 and 2010, it barely scanned half a million and that figure includes digital downloads we can see that not only was the RIAA on a mission of intent rather than accuracy in trumpeting this albums significance, they have totally disregarded widely-available statistics in the process.

Even under the RIAA system, there were twelve million copies outstanding potential returns to count against the Eagles at the moment Hits was certified twenty-nine times platinum, and supposedly surpassed Thriller"

Soundscan have the real sales for the record, and that prove there are something real wrong with the RIAA system.

I think we should remember that the RIAA have with the Eagles a long love story, the first album RIAA have given the platinium certification, the year of their creation, was this compilation of the Eagles; in some way that have helped them to promote each others (sorry for my english).

There are also the new magical numbers for another Eagles album, Hotel California, who was at 16 millions there are one year ago, now 26 millions; we should look of the real sales with Soundscan Nielsen.

For the comparaison, Thriller album during the peak of Michael Jackson area, have sold juste one millions copies between 1985 and 1990 according the RIAA, after two years of 20 millions copies sold, that just a joke, and that not just for Michael Jackson, it seem the Bee Gees Saturday Night fever don't have been certified since...the early 80's in the USA


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