On this day in music history: February 26, 1983 - “Thriller” by Michael Jackson hits #1 on the Billboard Top 200 for 37 weeks (non-consecutive), also topping the R&B album chart for 37 weeks (non-consecutive) on January 29, 1983. Produced by Quincy Jones (with three tracks co-produced by Michael Jackson), it is recorded at Westlake Audio in Los Angeles, CA from April 14 - November 8, 1982. The album will spin off an unprecedented seven top ten singles during which time it will spend two extended runs of 17 weeks a piece (on the Top 200) between February 26 - June 18, 1983 and December 24, 1983 - April 14, 1984, retaking the top spot for 2 weeks from July 9 -16, 1983, and for one week on September 10, 1983. It will dominate the top spot on the R&B album chart for the majority of 1983 from the end of January through September 1983 (only interrupted by The Isley Brothers’ “Between The Sheets” album for one week on July 23, 1983), then returning to the top of the chart for five consecutive weeks in March - April 1984, in the weeks after Jackson’s unprecedented Grammy Awards sweep. Following the broadcast of Jacksons’ appearance on “Motown 25” on May 16, 1983, the album will sell an astounding one million copies in a single week. For much of the next year and a half, “Thriller” will keep up this incredible sales pace, moving from between 300,000 and 500,000 copies per week. Its next largest sales spike will occur in the weeks following the initial broadcast of the “Thriller” short film. CBS Records will report that album has sold over 750,000 copies in December of 1983 alone, more than one year after the albums’ release. By June of 1984, the album has reached sales of over twenty million copies in the US alone, establishing it as the largest selling album in history. To date, “Thriller” has been certified 29x Platinum in the US by the RIAA, tying it with the Eagles “Their Greatest Hits - 1971 - 1975” as the top selling domestic album of all time. “Thriller” will also be inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2008, and in the same year it will be selected by the National Recording Preservation Board for preservation in the Library Of Congress for its ongoing historic and cultural significance.