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Metallica Sets New Sales Record With The Black Album

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Metallica's self-titled fifth studio album (commonly referred to as "The Black Album"), already the best-selling album since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991, has become the first album to scan over 16 million units in SoundScan's history.

In addition to this milestone, "The Black Album" continues to hold the record for the most weeks spent on the Billboard 200 chart in the Nielsen SoundScan era. At 307 weeks on the Billboard 200, it is also the third longest charting studio album (following the transcendent releases Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" and Carole King's "Tapestry") and the sixth longest charting album of any kind in Billboard history.

A notable portion of those 307 weeks is the current run of 20 consecutive weeks that "The Black Album" has spent on the Billboard 200 in 2014. This is due in large part to the band's performance on the 56th Annual Grammy Awards on January 26th, followed two days later by the release of "Metallica Through the Never" on all home video formats.

Produced by Bob Rock, "Metallica" was released on August 12th, 1991, and debuted at No. 1 a week after its release marking the band's first chart-topping album. It has since been certified gold, platinum, or multi-platinum in 34 countries, and received a Diamond certification in the United States in 1997 for 10 million albums sold.

"The Black Album" also spawned five hit singles including "Enter Sandman," "The Unforgiven," "Nothing Else Matters," "Wherever I May Roam," and "Sad But True" all of which have earned gold, platinum, or multi-platinum certification by the RIAA.

Metallica toured for three years in support of "The Black Album," playing over 300 shows around the world, including the infamous Monsters of Rock show in Moscow in the fall of 1991 at Tuschino Airfield. The concert, billed as the first free, outdoor Western rock concert in Soviet history, drew an estimated crowd of 1.6 million.

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1. coldiem writes:

Sales don't lie, sales don't lie! (To "Hips Don't Lie")

Haha, oh well. I'm sure it's only a matter of time before we get the oh-so-clever "flushing toilet" and "sh!tallica" posts. Have fun everyone!

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2. Houston from Houston writes:

(Coughs)

# May 29, 2014 @ 9:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. brandedcfh420 writes:

worthless news once again............

# May 29, 2014 @ 10:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. 987654321 writes:

the 'black album' was the beginning of the end. what do they have to show for it since then, other than a lot of disgruntled 'original' fans.

metaliwhocaresanymore...

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5. spiral_architect writes:

LOVE 'EM OR HATE 'EM, AND I KNOW MANY OF US HERE ARE CONFLICTED, METALLICA IS ONE OF THE CORNERSTONES OF HEAVY METAL.

# May 30, 2014 @ 10:30 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. BrianMN writes:

Sales do not equal quality…never have.
They’re rich..good for them.
What happened to that new album they worked on for ten minutes before going on tour…..AGAIN?
I forgot….they need more money…must be rough to only have 175 million.
Servants, yachts, castles…I’m sure it must be a burden to track all of it.
I’m starting to agree with a lot of other people…don’t even bother making a new album.
The fire is gone.
The spark is gone.
They have no reason left whatsoever to be creative and I suppose….if I had two hundred million I wouldn’t either.
Keep milking it boys…as long as the suckers blindly buy the crap, why not?

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7. stiv bators jr writes:

see what happends when you sell out folks?.
top of the mountain.

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8. Albert cro writes:

At least black album is better than commercial
Crap called load and reload..

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9. The king writes:

Brilliant album. Brilliant live show. Death Magnetic was also a cracker album. Over !!!!!!!!!!

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