Washington, DC - The Recording Industry Association of America announced today the certification of the Eagles' "Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975" for U.S. sales of 25 million. The album catches up to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" once again to share the title as the best-selling album of all time. The Eagles previously tied Jackson's multi-platinum record of 24 million in March 1997.
The Eagles' "Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975" on Elektra Records, remains a classic rock staple and the best-selling album by a group. The album was released in February 1976 and made its mark immediately by becoming the first album ever to be certified under RIAA's Platinum Award category, which was introduced that same year.
The RIAA also announced today the certification of the Eagles' "Hotel California" for U.S. sales of 15 million.
"The Eagles will continue to do well for a long, long time. They are a band for the ages," commented Jay Berman, RIAA's former Chairman and one of the Eagles' most devoted enthusiasts.
Among RIAA's top certified albums of all time are the Eagles' "Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975" and Michael Jackson's "Thriller" (25 million); Pink Floyd's "The Wall" (22 million/double-disc); Billy Joel's "Greatest Hits Volume I & II" (18 million/double-disc); Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" (18 million) and Led Zeppelin's "Led Zeppelin IV" (17 million).
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is the trade organization that supports and promotes the creative and financial vitality of the major music companies. Its members comprise the most vibrant record industry in the world. RIAA® members create, manufacture and/or distribute approximately 85% of all legitimate recorded music produced and sold in the United States.
In support of this mission, the RIAA works to protect the intellectual property and First Amendment rights of artists and music labels; conduct consumer, industry and technical research; and monitor and review state and federal laws, regulations and policies. The RIAA® also certifies Gold®, Platinum®, Multi-Platinum™ and Diamond sales awards as well as Los Premios De Oro y Platino™, an award celebrating Latin music sales.
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