Metallica's "Black Album" Has Sold Over 16 Million Copies
Posted by Joseph Lee on 05.28.2014
A new milestone...
Billboard reports that Metallica's self-titled 1991 album is now the first album to sell sixteen million copies since Nielsen Soundscan began tracking sales in 1991. It's often called "The Black Album" because of its cover art. It sold 3,000 copies on the week of May 25, bringing its total to 16,002,000.
It became the highest-selling album of the Soundscan years on December 20, 2009, when it passed Shania Twain's Come On Over. The album is currently in second place with 15.57 million. Both albums are the only two to have sold over 15 million. There have been 22 releases that have sold at least ten million, the most recent of which was Adele's 2011 album 21, which has 10.94 million.
On the Billboard 200, Metallica is up to #144 from last week's #155. This is its 307th week on the chart, the longest run of any album since Soundscan began providing data. Since the chart's weekly debut in 1956, Metallica is the sixth longest. Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon has the most with 861.