The Eagles Surpass Michael Jackson For Best-Selling Album of All Time

Deanna Kelley
August 21, 2018

The record has reached 38 million copies in sales and streams, achieving 38-times platinum status, according to the Associated Press.

The Eagles have reclaimed the crown for the 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.

Additionally, Hotel California, The Eagles album issued in 1997, is 26-times platinum, making it the third best-selling record of all time.

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According to reports, Michael Jackson no longer holds the number spot for the best selling album of all time.

Michael Jackson's Thriller had always been the second best selling album of all time up till the singer's untimely death in 2009, which caused his record sales to soar to unimaginable heights. "It's been quite a ride", Eagles' founding member Don Henley said in a statement obtained by the AP.

That means that 1,500 digital streams of an album is counted as the equivalent to an album sale, with 10 song downloads equivalent to the sale of an entire album.

They were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. The platinum certification was once equivalent to selling one million albums or tracks for a platinum album or record, respectively.

Their second most streamed song "Take It Easy" has 101,447,884 listens on the app. Those numbers, of course, include streaming, which the RIAA began counting in 2013.

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