The Eagles’ album – “Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975” – has now been certified 38x platinum, according to The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which means sales and streams of the record have reached 38 million copies, eclipsing Jackson’s “Thriller,” which is 33x platinum, and pushing it to second place.
The RIAA last tallied sales for the “Greatest Hits” record (which was released in 1976) in 2006, when the album was 29x platinum, but these latest figures take the increase in streaming and digital downloads into account – in addition to traditional sales. Thriller‘s totals were reportedly also updated in 2017.
Tagging another accolade onto the top album spot, RIAA added that the Eagles’ “Hotel California,” released in 1977, is also now rated 26x platinum – boosting it to third best-selling album of all-time.
While the RIAA declined to divulge specific details on the 10x platinum jump, the association told Rolling Stone that singles sales and other factors not initially tabulated into the RIAA’s platinum certification were retroactively added to the album’s sales total.