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The Eagles’ ‘Greatest Hits’ Is Now The Best-Selling Album Ever In The U.S.

The Eagles have once again soared to the top of the charts with “Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975” album overtaking Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” on Monday to become the best-selling album of all time in the U.S.

The Recording Industry Association of America, which certified the 1976 album 38x platinum ― i.e., 38 million ― announced the milestone to The Associated Press. A representative for the RIAA confirmed its certification to HuffPost.

The new tally places The Eagles’ album one notch above Jackson’s 1982 album, which was last certified 33x platinum in 2017. The Eagle’s 1977 album “Hotel California” is in third place, certified at 26x platinum on Monday.

“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,” Eagles’ founding member Don Henley said in a statement obtained by the AP.

The Eagles’ greatest hits album previously was certified number one in 2006 with sales totaling 29 million, overtaking “Thriller”’s then-27 million in sales. In 2016, “Thriller” regained the top position after reaching the 32x platinum mark, according to online RIAA records.

Michael Jackson's 1982 album "Thriller" is now the second best-selling one in history, according to the Recording Indust


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Michael Jackson’s 1982 album “Thriller” is now the second best-selling one in history, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.

It is up to the record label to request certification, which requires an audit by a third party, according to the RIAA.

The tallying process used by RIAA includes album sales, streams and downloads in the U.S. It does not include randomized streams.

One album sale equates to 1,500 streams of an album or 10 song downloads.

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