Alanis Morissette's 1995 album, Jagged Little Pill, has topped the
16-million mark for sales in the United States, according to Rob Harvey, a spokesman
with the Recording Industry Association of America, which tracks sales milestones.
Though Morissette had two prior releases in Canada, the album is considered her U.S.
debut; the disc is now tied with Boston's self-titled 1976 album as the
highest-selling debut disc in history, Harvey said. Other recent landmarks include
Garth Brooks' 1990 release, No Fences, which also topped the 16-million
mark, and the Beastie Boys' Licensed to Ill (1986), which moved past 8
Jagged Little Pill, No Fences and the 1992 soundtrack The
Bodyguard are now tied for the distinction of best-selling album of the decade.