Today in MJJ HIStory
1997 – Michael Jackson’s album “Thriller” was certified 25 times platinum by the RIAA.
On August 21, 2009 Thriller was certified 29x Multi-Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, for shipments of at least 29 million copies in the US. The album topped the charts in many countries, sold 3.7 million copies in the UK, 2.5 million in Japan and went 15x Platinum in Australia. Still popular today, Thriller sells an estimated 130,000 copies in the US per year.
- In just over a year Thriller was recognized as the world’s best-selling album of all time on February 7, 1984, when it was inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records, with sales estimated by various sources as somewhere between 78-110 million copies worldwide.
- Seven of the album’s nine songs were released as singles, and all reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.
- The album won a record-breaking eight Grammy Awards at the 1984 Grammys, including Album of the Year
- Thriller won eight American Music Awards, the Special Award of Merit and three MTV Video Music Awards in 1984.
- Thriller is one of only three albums to remain in the top ten of the Billboard 200 for a full year, and spent 37 weeks at number one out of the 80 consecutive weeks it was in the top ten.
- Thriller was the first of three albums to have seven Billboard Hot 100 top ten singles, and was the only album to be the best-seller of two years (1983–1984) in the US.
- Thriller ranked number 20 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list in 2003
- Thriller was listed by the National Association of Recording Merchandisers at #3 in its Definitive 200 Albums of All Time.
- In 2008, 25 years after its release, Thriller was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame
- The Thriller video was preserved by the Library of Congress to the National Recording Registry, as it was deemed “culturally significant”.
- In 2009, music critics for MTV Base and VH1 both listed Thriller as the best album released since 1981. 40,000 people found Thriller to be the Best Album of all time by MTV Generation, gaining a third of all votes.
1998 – Michael Jackson and his financial partner Don Barden announced their intentions to build an entertainment Neverneverland called “Majestic Kingdom” in Detroit.
2002 – Michael Jackson signed a will that named Jackson’s longtime lawyer John Branca and John McClain, a music executive and a family friend as executors of his will. It also gave guardianship over his children to the singer’s mother and left all his assets in a trust fund.