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Once Again, Thriller Is Highest Selling Album In History

July 12, 1997 12:00 AM ET

Look for Michael Jackson back on top of the sales charts. His album Thriller has been confirmed by the Recording Industry Association of America for U.S. sales of 25 million units, according to Billboard. This moves Thriller back into the top spot of highest selling album in history, pushing the Eagles Their Greatest Hits 1971 - 1975, back down to No. 2.

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