The “Thriller” album has re-entered the top 10 of the Billboard 200 for the first time since 1984. It’s re-entry after the release of “Thriller 40” has put it at number seven on this weeks album charts.
It earned 37,000 equivalent album units. Of that, album sales make up 27,500, SEA units comprise of 9,000 (equaling 13.17 million on-demand official streams of the set’s tracks) and TEA units comprise 500.
“Thriller” originally spent 37 nonconsecutive weeks at number one on the Billboard 200 between 1983 and 1984. It’s the most weeks for an album by any artist, barring soundtracks. The album had a twenty-four year gap from last being in the charts in 1985 until it returned at the end of 2009 due to catalog (older) albums not allowing to chart again. Between May 1991 through to November 2009, catalog albums were not allowed to chart on the Billboard 200. If they had we would have seen a massive spike around his death in June 2009.
For this weeks chart positions all versions of the “Thriller” album, old and new, are combined together for tracking and charting purposes. This means the original “Thriller” album along with the 2001 special edition, the 25th anniversary edition and of course the newly released 40th anniversary edition all counted.