Metallica’s ‘The Black Album’ hits 16 million sales threshold

Metallica is one of two albums to have sold more than 15 million during the SoundScan era.

Metallica’s 1991 self-titled album, also known as The Black Album, has hit a new sales record by becoming the first album in Nielsen SoundScan history to sell 16 million copies.

The album sold an additional 3,000 copies during the week ending May 25th, pushing its total sales to 16,002,000 copies.

According to BillboardMetallica became the biggest-selling album of the SoundScan era in the week ending December 20, 2009, when it overtook Shania Twain’s Come On Over which is currently in second place on the list with 15.57 million units.

Both Metallica and Come On Over are the only two albums in the SoundScan era that have sold over 15 million copies. 22 albums have sold over 10 million since SoundScan began tracking U.S. music sales in 1991. Pearl Jam’s Ten surpassed 10 million in sales in February 2013, making it the fourth album since 2012 to sell 10 million alongside Adele’s 21, Usher’s Confessions and Linkin Park’s Hybrid Theory.

Author: Buddy Iahn

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