Published: Tue, August 21, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Eagles pass Michael Jackson, have No. 1 album of all time

Eagles pass Michael Jackson, have No. 1 album of all time

The Eagles have overtaken Michael Jackson to be named as the artists behind the best-selling album of all time. As well as actual physical copies sold, since 2013 the RIAA has counted plays on YouTube and major streaming services such as Spotify towards a song's "sales", with 1,500 streams or 10 song downloads the equivalent to an album sale. You can view the RIAA's list of the Top 100 certified albums of all time at its site. The Thriller numbers were updated in 2017.

"Hotel California", the Eagles' 1976 album with the hit single of the same name, was ranked third, with 26 million units sold. The platinum certification was once equivalent to selling one million albums or tracks for a platinum album or record, respectively.

Eagles' songwriter Don Henley has made a statement on the achievement. At that point, it had gone platinum 29 times.

The tallying process used by RIAA includes album sales, streams and downloads in the U.S. It does not include randomized streams.

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"We are grateful for our families, our management, our crew, the people at radio and, most of all, the loyal fans who have stuck with us through the ups and downs of 46 years", Eagles co-founder Don Henley recently said.

The Eagles came to prominence in the 1970's in Los Angeles and released a number of huge hits that have continued to stay relevant. "Both of these transcendent albums have impressively stood the test of time, only gaining more currency and popularity as the years have passed, much like the Eagles themselves".

They were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

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