The latest to join the club is, somewhat surprisingly, Michael Jackson, whose album Bad has just earned its diamond certification after just under 3o years.
'Bad' is now the second Michael Jackson album to reach diamond status in the U.S., with more than 10 million in RIAA-certified sales and streams. And 'Thriller' has further solidified its status as the biggest selling album in the U.S., now certified for 33 million in sales and streams.
Jackson's diamond-certified album 'Bad' (1987) has also secured another RIAA certification, upgrading from 10x platinum to 11x. His 'Number Ones' album also now has a fifth platinum certification [via HipHopDX].
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced today that 21 different songs and three albums, spanning Jackson's career, have garnered major new Gold and Platinum certifications.
The King of Pop Keeps Making History & Breaking Records! Michael Jackson's Thriller Is First Album Certified by the RIAA With More than 33 Million in US Sales & Streams more... On November 15, 2006, The King Of Pop was honored with the Diamond Award at the World Music Awards!
Jackson's overall worldwide record sales exceed 1 billion. His seventh album Bad has also achieved RIAA 10x Diamond Award status in recognition of US sales and streams of 10m units. During his career, Jackson released 13 No.
According to the Recording Industry Association of America, Elvis Presley sold 146.5 million albums, which is 62.5 more than Michael Jackson, who sold 84 million albums.
3 title overall. Simultaneous with Thriller's raised certification, its follow-up, Bad, climbs to 10-times platinum (the RIAA's Diamond award). Jackson is one of just 22 acts with more than one Diamond-certified album.
Jackson has sold over 1 billion records worldwide and he is one of three recording artists (along with Paul McCartney and Phil Collins) and the first American artist who have sold over 100 million records worldwide both as solo artists and (separately) as principal members of a band.
Drake doesn't yet have a Diamond album (an album that's sold 10 million or more copies), but his single “God's Plan” did reach the prestigious mark.
His 1996 classic double album is now certified diamond. Eyes and ears are still on Tupac in 2014. Tupac's All Eyez on Me double-album, which was released in 1996, was certified diamond recently by the RIAA, which means 10 million copies of the classic album have been sold.
Eminem's combined six RIAA Diamond awards – three albums and three singles –cement his place as one of the most accomplished artists in history. With today's 73.5 million new award units, Eminem's RIAA Award career total is now 227.5 million – 166 million single certifications and 61.5 million album certifications.
The track peaked on the charts on March 5, 1983, remained at the peak position for 7 weeks, and was on the charts for a straight 25 weeks. The track was one of the best-selling singles of 1983 and became the biggest-selling single for Jackson as a solo artist.
The Beatles have the most No. 1 hits of all time: 20. Though unclear for how long, the Beatles still reign supreme as the artist with the most No. 1 songs of all time.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, British rock band The Beatles are top of the list for best-selling artists worldwide, with 257.7 million certified sales. Second is Elvis Presley with almost 207 million sales, followed by Michael Jackson with 169.7 million.
Justin Bieber takes the top spot, with millions of followers across socials and billions of plays on streaming services. The most popular female artist currently goes to Taylor Swift, while BTS are unsurprisingly the most popular band. Any surprises here amongst the most popular artists in 2022?
In an 8 year span, The Beatles managed to acquire 1 billion record sales, meanwhile Michael Jackson still had a high number of sales (750 million) yet he did not overcome them.
On December 16, 2015, Thriller was certified 30× platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), for shipments of at least 30 million units in the US.