Billboard added streaming songs as one of the metrics for its [sales] charts in 2012, leading the Recording Industry Association of America and Nielsen to follow suit. The criteria have changed several times in the interim — just last month, the company made changes to weight paid streams on services like Spotify over unpaid ones on jukebox-esque services like Pandora for the Billboard 100 singles chart. Meanwhile, for the Billboard 200, 1,500 streams of any songs on one record equals one listen to [or sale of] that record.
america let trump become president and now yall have let the eagles surpass thriller sales... i have to laugh— erin 🍂 (@fentythriller) August 20, 2018
It’s the best selling worldwide. The media is hyping the eagles surpassing thriller in the United States.— jake (@Roblec4) August 20, 2018
It's really not that deep, thriller is still the best selling album ww. Eagles just outsold in the US. 💀— SPEED DƎMON (@evilslurking) August 20, 2018