Michael Jackson’s Thriller Is First Album Certified by the RIAA With More than 33 Million in US Sales & Streams and Remains the Only Album Ever to Have RIAA 30X + Diamond Status & the Best-Selling Album of All Time, Topping 105 Million in Sales Worldwide
“Another Thriller milestone,” says RIAA
Michael Jackson’s Bad Certified RIAA 10X Diamond in Recognition of US Sales & Streams of Over 10 Million
Michael Jackson’s Thriller has become the first album in RIAA Gold & Platinum Program history to be certified 33x Diamond for United States sales and streams, it was announced by the Recording Industry of America (RIAA), the Estate of Michael Jackson, Epic Records and Legacy Recordings (the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment). Thriller is still the ONLY album ever to have surpassed the RIAA’s 30x million mark in U.S. sales.
“Thirty five years later, Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ remains as timeless and iconic as ever,” said Cary Sherman, Chairman and CEO, Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). “‘Thriller’ has now become the first and only album to achieve an RIAA 33X Diamond Award, a moment forever etched in Gold & Platinum Program history. Congratulations on another ‘Thriller’ milestone.” The same day as Thriller’s record-breaking certification, Michael Jackson’s Bad has also achieved RIAA 10x Diamond Award status in recognition of United States sales and streams of 10 million units.
With sales now topping more than 105 million copies worldwide, Thriller has solidified its status as the best-selling album of all-time while Michael Jackson’s overall worldwide record sales exceed the 1 billion threshold. During his extraordinary career, Michael Jackson released 13 No.1 singles and became one of only a handful of artists to be inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Guinness Book of World Records recognized Jackson as the Most Successful Entertainer of All Time and Thriller as the World’s Top-Selling Album of All Time.
His artistry, choreography and music continue to inspire generations of pop, soul, R&B and hip-hop artists and fans.
PHOTO – Executives from Sony Music Entertainment and the Estate of Michael Jacksons were in Los Angeles in a special plaque presentation honoring the most recent RIAA Gold & Platinum Program milestones achieved by Thriller and Bad. Featured in the photo left to right are: Doug Morris (Chief Executive Officer, Sony Music), Rob Stringer (Chairman & CEO, Columbia Records), John Branca (Co-Executor of the Estate of Michael Jackson), Richard Story (President, Commercial Music Group), Antonio “L.A.” Reid (Chairman & CEO, Epic Records), and Karen Langford (Estate of Michael Jackson).
ZARA LARSSON ANNOUNCES HER FIRST MAJOR NORTH AMERICAN TOUR, WITH UK’s CLEAN BANDIT, OPENING MARCH 31st IN SEATTLE !
(Feb. 16, 2017 – LOS ANGELES, CA) Hot on the heels of revealing the March 17th arrival of her long-awaited new album SO GOOD, jet-propelled by the title tune single “So Good” featuring Ty Dolla $ign, Epic Records/Ten’s worldwide mega-platinum sensation Zara Larsson today announces that she will kick off her first major North American tour on March 31st at the Showbox in Seattle, opening for UK electro-pop trio Clean Bandit.
The month-long, 20-city tour of the U.S. and Canada – with shows at prestigious rock venues including the Fillmore in San Francisco, Emo’s in Austin, the 9:30 Club in DC, New York’s Webster Hall, and the Paradise in Boston – wraps up May 2nd at Chicago’s House Of Blues. (Please see dates below.)
Zara’s “So Good” VIDEO premiered February 3rd at VEVO, where she has over 1.2 billion views, and over 3 million subscribers. The clip has generated nearly 7 million YouTube views to date. On February 7th, Zara (with Ty) introduced the song on TV when she returned to Ellen; view that live performance HERE. On March 22nd, Zara will appear on ABC’s Good Morning America!
19-year old Swedish pop singer Zara Larsson established a strong U.S. audience with her first two back-to-back hit singles of 2015, the RIAA platinum reggae-tinged “Lush Life” and the double-platinum “Never Forget You” (a collaboration with Grammy nominated producer/artist MNEK). But prior to that, Zara was already a major star in Europe, thanks to Introducing and Let Me Reintroduce Myself, her two EPs of 2013, and a string of multi-platinum singles (“Uncover,” “Carry You Home,” and “Rooftop”) that appeared on her 2014 album 1.
Since the release of 1, the relentlessly hard-working Larsson has seen her career go into overdrive. In 2016, she was featured on Tinie Tempah’s “Girls Like” and David Guetta’s “This One’s for You,” which was the official song of UEFA Euro 2016. Over the summer, she performed with Guetta at the UEFA Euro 2016 Opening & Closing Ceremonies, and opened for her idol Beyoncé’s Formation World Tour in London. She became part of the Spotify Billions Club for racking up over one billion streams at the digital platform.
Into the fall, Zara delivered a show-stopping performance at the MTV EMAs in the Netherlands, where she took home awards for Best New Act and Best Swedish Worldwide Act. In the U.S., she won the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award for Best Swedish Act, and was nominated for Best New Artist at the MTV VMAs. In the UK, Zara was nominated for Best New Artist at last night’s 2017 NME Awards; and for British Single of the Year and British Video for “Girls Like” at the upcoming 2017 BRIT Awards (February 22nd). Earlier this month, Zara was nominated for Favorite Global Music Star at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, taking place at the L.A. Forum on March 11th.
To date, Zara has performed on nearly every major morning and late-night talk show, cementing her loyal and supportive American fan base. Her upcoming North American tour will give Zara the opportunity to do what she loves best: performing live for as many people as possible. “My dream,” she says, “is to stand in front of 25,000 people in a sold-out arena and know that everyone came out to make memories with me. That’s a beautiful thing.”
ZARA LARSSON 2017 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH CLEAN BANDIT
Date City Venue
March 31 Seattle, WA Showbox
April 1 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
3 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
5 Los Angeles, CA The Fonda Theatre
7 San Diego, CA Observatory North Park
8 Tempe, AZ The Marquee Theatre
10 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
12 Dallas, TX Trees
13 Austin, TX Emo’s
14 Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall
15 New Orleans, LA Republic New Orleans
17 Atlanta, GA Terminal West
19 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
21 New York, NY Webster Hall
22 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
24 Toronto, ON Danforth Music Hall
25 Montreal, QB Corona Theatre
26 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
May 1 Detroit, MI St. Andrew’s Hall
2 Chicago, IL House Of Blues
THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED SINGER/SONGWRITER/COMPOSER AND NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING AUTHOR WILL MAKE HER BROADWAY DEBUT
Producers of the Broadway smash Waitress announced today that the hit show’s composer and lyricist, the multi platinum-selling Grammy and Tony nominated singer-songwriter and New York Times best-selling author Sara Bareilles, will make her Broadway acting debut on March 31 in the lead role of Jenna Hunterson for a limited engagement of 10 weeks, through June 11, 2017.
Tickets are available by calling Ticketmaster at 877-250-2929 or online at Ticketmaster.com.
Sara Bareilles said, “Waitress has turned out to be one of the great, true loves of my life, and they simply can’t get rid of me. 🙂 I consider it an incredible honor to follow the masterful work of Jessie Mueller as she so gracefully brought the character of Jenna to life, and I am thrilled to continue to tell this story that has so much heart. This show changed my life in so many ways, and I feel great privilege in joining our beloved cast and crew who make me laugh and cry every time I watch the show. All I want is to keep sharing the love, and dear God please let me remember my lines.”
Since her 2007 debut, Little Voice, which reached #1 in 22 countries around the world, the Eureka, CA native has gone on to release a New York Times best-selling book, Sounds Like Me – My Life (so far) in Song, and five studio albums, including her most recent, What’s Inside: Songs from Waitress. For Waitress, she received a Tony Award nomination for Best Original Score, Drama Desk Award nominations for Outstanding Music and Outstanding Lyrics, an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding New Score, and a Grammy Award nomination for Best Musical Theater Album.
Waitress announced last month that it recouped its $12 million investment in less than 10 months on Broadway, making it and Hamilton the only two new musicals from the last Broadway season (2015-2016) to go into profit.
Waitress opened April 24, 2016 at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street). Based upon the 2007 motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly, Waitress is the first Broadway musical in history to have four women in the four top creative team spots, with a book by Jessie Nelson, a score by six-time Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, choreography by Lorin Latarro and direction by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus.
Jessie Mueller, who currently stars in Waitress as Jenna, will play her final performance on March 26.
With a Grammy Award nomination for Best Musical Theater Album, Waitress will begin its US national tour at Cleveland’s Playhouse Square this October.
Waitress tells the story of Jenna, an expert pie maker in a small town, who dreams of a way out of her loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a new life, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes to happiness. But Jenna must find the courage and strength within herself to rebuild her life. This new American musical celebrates friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie.
Waitress is produced on Broadway by Barry and Fran Weissler and Norton and Elayne Herrick.
A Tribe Called Quest kicked down a literal wall in a powerful anti-Trump protest at the 59th Grammy Awards.
Legendary hip-hop performers Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White took the stage along with rappers Busta Rhymes, Consequence and Anderson .Paak, to perform their protest anthem “We The People” off last year’s album “We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service,” as well as portions of “Award Tour,” “Movin’ Backwards” and “Can I Kick It?”
The song’s lyrics go, “All you black folks, you must go/All you Mexicans, you must go/And all you poor folks, you must go/Muslims and gays, boy, we hate your ways.”
Read the full article via The Huffington post HERE!