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Eagles overtake Michael Jackson with biggest selling album in US

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A box set of The Eagles ’ greatest hits has surpassed Michael Jackson’ s “ Thriller ” as the biggest selling album ever in the United States , according to a new ranking by the Recording Industry Association of America .
RIAA said “ The Eagles: Their Greatest Hits 1971 – 75 , ” a compilation of the country -rock group ’ s first four albums , has now sold 38 million units, topping “ Thriller ’ s ” 33 million .

The set had long held the top spot for US album sales but was overtaken in 2009 by “ Thriller ” following a surge of sales for the album after Jackson’ s death .
“ Hotel California , ” the Eagles ’ 1976 album with the hit single of the same name , was ranked third , with 26 million units sold .

The new ranking includes sales both of discs and via streaming , which had not been calculated for the Eagles since 2006 , according to Rolling Stone magazine .

“ 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 . It’ s been quite a ride , ” Don Henley , 71 , the group ’ s lead singer and co – founder , said in a statement carried by Rolling Stone.

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After the death of Eagles co -founder Glenn Frey in 2016 at the age of 67 , the group was reconfigured and resumed touring the following year . It has scheduled a series of concerts in the United States in September .

( AFP )

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