King of Pop dethroned: The Eagles' Greatest Hits flies past Michael Jackson's Thriller to take title of best-selling album in history
The band's compilation album 'Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975', doesn't feature their most famous song 'Hotel California,' as it was released in 1976
The Eagles have just surpassed Michael Jackson and are now the musicians with history's best-selling album attached to their name. Their album, 'Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975', has bounced right past Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' to sell almost 38 million copies.
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) told the Associated Press on Monday that the band's album, which was released in 1976, has already been certified 38x platinum, breaking Jackson's record of selling around 33 million copies. One of the bands most popular albums, 'Hotel California,' which was released in 1977, is now the third-best-selling album of all-time, with around 26 million copies sold. Reportedly, the last time RIAA tallied the sales of the band's greatest hits albums in 2006, it was 29x platinum.
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RIAA's earlier platinum status considered the sale of one million units of an album. However, in 2013 the company incorporated streaming from YouTube, Spotify, and other streaming services in order for the certification of the albums and songs. In the streaming parlance, 1500 streams of an album or downloading 10 songs from one album are equivalent to an album sale.
Don Henley, the singer, and drummer of The Eagles said in a statement, “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.”
Formed in the early 1970s Los Angeles, the band was popular for its mix of rock 'n roll and country music, specifically for two of its greatest hits 'Hotel California' and 'Take it Easy'. While the tracks became the sound of the decade - and was popular among the generations to come - the band broke up as early as 1980. However, with only Henley and Glenn Frey remaining among the original members, the two got back together almost 14 years later after removing their age-old differences.
The band was designated into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 and went on to receive the Kennedy Center Honor in 2016.