Record Breaking Album Sales The â€œKing of Popâ€ earned his crown by being the undisputed king of album sales. Jacksonâ€™s Thriller has sold as an estimated 110 million copies worldwide since its 1982 release. To put it in perspective, Thriller doubles the worldwide sales of the No. 2 album on the list, AC/DCâ€™s Back In Black, which has sold an estimated 49 million. During his career as a solo artistâ€”beginning in 1972 and spanning 10 albumsâ€”Jackson has sold 750 million albums and counting.