The Eagles’ greatest hits album has moved past Michael Jackson’s Thriller to become history’s best-selling album of all-time. The Recording Industry Association of America said Monday that the Eagles’ “Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975” is now certified 38x platinum, which means sales and streams of the album have reached 38 million copies. The album was released in 1976 and pushes Jackson’s “Thriller,” which is 33x platinum, to second place.
… The RIAA also said that the Eagles’ “Hotel California,” released in 1977, is now 26x platinum and makes it the third best-selling album of all-time.
… Platinum status was once equivalent to selling one million albums or songs, but in 2013 the RIAA began incorporating streaming from YouTube, Spotify and other digital music services. Now 1,500 streams of an album is equivalent to an album sale. Also, 10 song downloads equal one album sale.