Jackson at the Guiness Book of World Records in 1984




February 7, 1984:

Michael Jackson, along with 1500 invited guests, attends the New York Metropolitan Museum of Natural History to receive awards from CBS and ’The Guinness Book Of World Records’.

To date, ’Thriller’ has sold over 25 million copies worldwide – more than any other album in recording history. Michael is presented with the first edition of the 1984 paperback version of ’The Guinness Book of World Records’, which he receives from Norris McWhirter. For the first time ever, Bantam Books halt the presses between January 20 and 23 so that two new entries can be added to the book at the last minute announcing ’Thriller’ as the largest-selling album of all time and the album with the most Top Ten singles.

Despite below-freezing temperatures more than 1.000 fans wait patiently for a mere glimpse of Michael. The invitation itself was unique, printed on a single white cloth glove.

Allen Davis, President of CBS Records International says:

"Tonight Michael, your milestones for the album ’Thriller’ are a total of 67 Gold and 58 Platinum awards in 28 countries on six continents. And the singles, with 9 million sales have earned 15 more awards, bringing the total of 140 Gold and Platinum awards."



"I’ve always wanted to do great things and achieve many things, but for the first time in my entire career, I feel like I have accomplished something because I’m in The Guinness Book Of Records!“ -Michael on 7th Feb 1984


** What I love about this... is you can really see his internal sweetness in just wanting to please everyone and make music that everyone loved... you did it Michael, you really did... (Cheryl Phair)

** Was that time when he raised up his hands jumping up from joy?He looked then like a little child who receives the gift that he always wanted,so so happy. (Eudokia Sofianou)





Michael has seven entries in the Guiness Book of World Records.


•Most successful concert series. Seven nights sold out at Wembley Stadium, London, England in 1988. Attendance: 504,000.


•Biggest selling album of all time. Thriller sold 50 million copies worldwide.


•Most Grammy Awards. Eight Grammy awards in one year (1984).


•Largest Contracts. Contracts totalling $890 with Sony (prospective earnings of $1 billion).


•Greatest Audience. Michael was spotlighted during the half-time performance at the Super Bowl XXVII in 1993, with a televised (NBC) audience of 133.4 million.


•Highest Paid Commercial Spokesperson. Michael was paid $12 million to do four commercials for Pepsi Cola.


•Bad Tour. Michael's world tour grossed over $124 million in 1987-88.






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