February 7, 1984: Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Recognized as World's Best-Selling Album

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On this day in '84, Michael Jackson's made history with Thriller being recognized as the world's best-selling album by the Guinness Book of World Records. 

Not only did the King of Pop immortalize his reign as the best-selling artist of all time with Thriller's induction into the Guinness Book of World Records, but he also scored the distinction of Most Successful Entertainer of All Time. 

“It is crystal clear that Michael Jackson is simply the greatest, and biggest artist of all time,” says LA Reid, Chairman & CEO of Epic Records. “Not only are his charts hits and sales stats staggering, but his pure musicality was other-worldly. Thriller was groundbreaking and electrifying…it was perfection. I am extremely proud that Michael is the heart and soul of Epic Records and he will forever remain the one-and-only King of Pop.”

Referred to as the Jackie Robinson of MTV by cultural critic Touré, Jackson sold over a billion records worldwide with 13 No. 1 singles to his name and a double induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

READ MORE: Michael Jackson's "Thriller" Video Premieres on MTV

“100 million albums and counting. There has never been a phenomenon like ‘Thriller,’” furthered John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson. “Michael opened the floodgates of his creativity, explored emotional depths and pushed the boundaries of sonic innovation. In the process, he breached destructive barriers in the music industry and literally united the world through his music: there isn’t a place on this planet that hasn’t been exhilarated by the music of Michael Jackson."

READ MORE: January 1983: Michael Jackson Moonwalks His Way to No. 1 with "Billie Jean"

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