Tried in the fire, but he’s comin’ out Gold…and Platinum!
Michael Jackson’s albums continue to sell despite no videos, no singles and no promotion. Jackson’s Number Ones album, despite all odds and forecasts of failure, has been certified platinum in U.S. alone. Jackson’s Greatest Hits: History Volume 1 was been certified Gold in U.S.
According to the "Latest Singles Certification" chart, Thriller, Billie Jean, and Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough have all be certified Gold in U.S. sales alone.
A notation at Billboard’s website states that singles sales activity has greatly diminished across the board, thus a single being certified platinum or gold is a rarity.
Two long form "videos" of Jackson’s have also been certified Gold and Multi-Platinum by the RIAA. Number Ones has been certified as multi-platinum in U.S. sales, while his Live in Bucharest concert special has been certified Gold in U.S. sales alone.