The Eagles have soared to ''record'' status. The Recording Industry Association of America announced yesterday (March 27) that the veteran rockers now rank as the third highest-selling band in the Uni

The Eagles have soared to ''record'' status. The Recording Industry Association of America announced yesterday (March 27) that the veteran rockers now rank as the third highest-selling band in the United States. The latest RIAA audits boosted the group's certified album sales by more than 17 million, for a total of 83.5 million.

The Eagles, known for such hits as ''Desperado'' and ''Take It Easy,'' now follow only the Beatles, with 163.5 million sales, and Led Zeppelin, with 103.5 million. Pink Floyd has fallen to fourth place with 68.5 million sales.

The band's ''Their Greatest Hits: 1971-75'' remains the best-selling album in history, with sales of 27 million copies. As previously reported, the Eagles kick off an extensive European tour May 29 in Moscow.

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