Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Extends Reign as Highest Certified Album in U.S. History
The seminal 1982 album passes the 33-times platinum mark.
Michael Jackson’s blockbuster album Thriller just keeps on getting bigger. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has certified the set at 33-times platinum in the U.S., extending Thriller’s record as the highest certified album in history. That means Thriller -- released in 1982 -- has earned 33 million equivalent album units in the U.S. That sum blends traditional album sales (one album sale equals one unit), tracks sold from an album (10 tracks sold equals one unit) and on-demand audio and/or video streams (1,500 streams equals one unit). The RIAA revamped its Gold & Platinum Awards Program on Feb. 1, 2016, growing from a pure album sales certification process to one that includes tracks and streams. That same day, Thriller’s certification was raised from 30 million to 32 million. Thriller continues to maintain its place as the highest-certified album ever, ahead of Eagles’ Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975, with 29 million. (It was last certified on Jan. 30, 2006.). Thriller was released through Sony Music Entertainment’s Epic Records and spent 37 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The mega-successful set was the first to generate a record seven top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, including two No. 1s: “Billie Jean” (No. 1 for seven weeks) and “Beat It” (No. 1 for three weeks). In 2015, Thriller was named the biggest album of all time by a male artist on the Billboard 200 chart, and the No. 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. Thriller has sold 105 million copies globally.
Bad Certified RIAA 10X Diamond in Recognition of US Sales & Streams of Over 10 Million, making Michael Jackson th eonly artist with two albums in the RIAA certification list.
Katherine Jackson and Rebbie Jackson visit Janet Jackson to meet newborn Eissa in London
Janet Jackson is loving motherhood! Janet welcomed her firstborn son, Eissa Al-Mana on January 3rd in London. She was recently was spotted in a North London flower shop. "She has hired help at home and her husband been with her through it all," says a source to E News. "It was a difficult pregnancy, but she is very blessed and has a healthy baby. A select few have seen her baby. She is so excited to be a mom." In addition to hired assistance, mother Katherine and sister Rebbie are paying a visit to the new Jackson. "It seems like her family is staying close to help and support Janet." Back in California, another Jackson was welcomed into the family as well. Jermaine Jackson Jr. and his partner, Asa Soltan Rahmati (Shahs of Sunset) welcomed their son Soltan Jackson on January 20th.
Katherine Jackson Alleges Ongoing Elder Abuse at the Hands of Her Nephew Trent Jackson
Katherine Jackson claims she was the victim of years of mental abuse at the hands of her nephew and driver, Trent Lamar Jackson, to the point where she is afraid to return to her home. According to court documents Mrs Jackson (86) claims her nephew (through marriage) has accessed her bank accounts without her permission, used credit cards of hers for his own personal purchases without authorization, and subjected her to years of mental abuse that has left the Jackson Family matriarch “in a constant state of fear and confusion." Mrs Jackson describes her nephew Trent as “an abusive con-man” who has manipulated her in order to “assume control of her finances.” Katherine says she tried to fire her nephew and order him to move out of her guest house, but he has refused. Katherine is currently in London with daughter Rebbie visiting Janet and her family but is “afraid to go home with Trent there” and “fears he could physically harm her for terminating him.” A judge granted Mrs Jackson’s request for a restraining order and ordered Trent to move out of her home and return all keys, passwords and combinations to the property.
A hearing has been scheduled for March 1st.
Update February 13
Trent Lamar Jackson is speaking out against claims he's been abusing his aunt Katherine Jackson. The younger Jackson appeared on the podcast "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace," which released Monday. He denied allegations he has been trying to control the 86-year-old Jackson family matriarch.
"My aunt left here January 22," Jackson said. "She left me paying the bills and taking care of the household." Katherine Jackson was granted a temporary restraining order against her nephew, who according to court documents is accused of having "manipulated her" and "preyed on her kindness."
"Trent was supposed to be her driver, but over time has infiltrated Mrs. Jackson's business and personal affairs, even referring to himself as her 'House Manager,'" a statement included in the restraining order reads. "Trent has made it his business to regulate Mrs. Jackson's interactions with her children -- screening phone calls, not relaying messages, not allowing privacy during visits or phone calls."
But Jackson said during the podcast that the allegations are not true and insisted his aunt has frequent contact with other family members. "How can I keep her from her family when they come there everyday," he said. "She has the attorneys making sure her money is being applicated in the right way, and we also have an accountant who looks at all the bank statements."
Trent Jackson said his aunt flew to London to see her youngest daughter, Janet Jackson, and her newborn son and he has not been in contact with her since she left. He also said he's never been served with the restraining order and is still at the house.
Austin Brown "Highway 85" available on digital platforms (with 4 tracks added)
Paris Jackson makes acting debut in "Star"
Paris Jackson is to make her acting debut this year as she will appear in Star, a new US TV series set in the world of the music industry from Empire creator Lee Daniels. According to Billboard, she’ll play an “intimidating social media guru” who “has an impact on the show’s lead characters”. The show’s cast includes Queen Latifah, Lenny Kravitz, Naomi Campbell and Benjamin Bratt. No air date for Paris Jackson’s first episode on Star has been announced yet.
The Jacksons perform in Oxfordshire (Nocturne 2017)
The Jacksons have just announced a show at this year's Nocturne series. Jermaine, Marlon, Jackie and Tito, will play the impressive grounds of the Oxfordshire stately home on June 18 and they’re also bringing Kool And The Gang along as special guests. Tickets are on sale now.
Paris Jackson: Life After Neverland - Rolling Stone
In her first-ever in-depth interview, Paris Jackson discusses her father's pain and finding peace after addiction and heartache. Read the Rolling Stone exclusive interview with great pictures by David LaChapelle.
Asa Soltan Rahmati and Jermaine Jackson Jr welcome newborn son Soltan
Jermaine Jackson II's longtime girlfriend Asa Soltan Rahmati - who he has been dating for six years - gave birth to a "healthy" baby boy named Soltan Jackson on Friday January 10th, 2017. Asa and Jermaine brought their little bundle of joy home on Sunday night and feel like their lives have been "changed for the better" after welcoming their baby boy into the world. Before she had her little boy, Jermaine said about Asa: "She'll be a great mother because she is very tough, very strict. But I tell her, 'If you need any parenting skills or baby skills, let me know because I'm the best diaper changer there is on this planet, still to this day.'" On her Instagram Asa wrote: we are completely in Love with him. Mami, Baby, and Daddy are all doing well. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your well wishes and prayers. We are literally in heaven with our precious Soltan. This is not only the first child for Asa and Jermaine Jr, but also the first grandchild for both set of grandparents. Congratulations to the Jacksons, Gordys and Soltan Rahmatu's and to Jermaine on becoming a granddaddy! It's the second new addition for the Jackson family this year as Janet gave birth to her son Eissa Al Mana with husband Wissam Al Mana on January 3, 2017. Take a look at the Jackson Family Tree (offspring of Joseph and Katherine).
Paris Jackson looks sensational in Chanel photo shoot
Paris Jackson looks sensational in the photo shoot for Chanel in Paris on Wednesday January 18th, 2017. Look at some pictures on our Facebook page.
Sky Arts pulls episode with Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson
Sky will not air a TV episode with a white actor playing Michael Jackson, after Paris Jackson said it made her "want to vomit". The show, titled Urban Myths, was due to air on Sky Arts next week and featured Joseph Fiennes playing the late singer. After its trailer was released on Thursday, Michael's daughter Paris said she was "incredibly offended" by the fact that the role had been given to a white actor. The half-hour programme also features Stockard Channing as Elizabeth Taylor and British actor Brian Cox as Marlon Brando. @TheMJCast asked @ParisJackson about her thoughts on this portrayal of Michael in a tweet and Paris responded: "I'm so incredibly offended by it, as i'm sure plenty of people are as well, and it honestly makes me want to vomit." Paris said the show is not only offensive towards her father, but "my godmother Liz as well". "Where is the respect? They worked through blood, sweat and tears for ages to create such profound and remarkable legacies. Shameful portrayal," she added. The broadcaster has since released a statement, saying it "never intended to cause any offence", and promised not to air the episode.
"We have taken the decision not to broadcast Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon, a 30min episode from the Sky Arts Urban Myths series," Sky Arts tweeted on Friday January 13th. "This decision was taken in light of the concerns expressed by Michael Jackson’s immediate family," it added. "We set out to take a light-hearted look at reportedly true events & never intended to cause any offence." Sky has also stated that Joseph Fiennes, the actor accused of "whitewashing" the role, also supports their decision not to broadcast the episode.