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Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” Certified 33x Platinum; “Bad” Now Diamond

Michael Jackson [Thriller Video | MJJ Productions/Vevo]

Two of the most iconic albums in music history recently earned new certifications from the RIAA.

The RIAA confirms that Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” reached 33x platinum status on February 16, 2017. “Bad” concurrently ascended to diamond (10x platinum status).

The certifications respectively confirm US unit totals of 33 million and 10 million. Each unit is equal to 1 album sale, 10 track sales or 1500 track streams. It is worth noting, however, that “Thriller” and “Bad” were up to 30x platinum and 9x platinum, respectively, before track sales and streams counted toward album certifications.

In reaching 33x platinum, “Thriller” extends its lead as the most-certified album in RIAA history.

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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