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Metallica’s ‘Black’ Album About To Sell 16 Million Copies

Heavy metal band Metallica will be popping open some champagne bottles in the near future as their 1991 self-titled album (which is widely referred to as the Black Album) is expected pass 16 million copies sold in the next few months. The album averages sales between 2,000 to 3,000 per week.

The album has already been certified as 16 times platinum for shipping over 16 million copies and is, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the best-selling CD of the SoundScan era.

I defended this album pretty strongly in my article, “Metallica And The Case Of The Entitled Fans”, which you can read here. I mean, considering that it was the album that got me into metal, it’s always going to have a special place in my heart!



  • haruspex

    The black album was the transitional album that ended the thrash era and began the pop/rock era. I’ve seen them live during the Black tour which was alright. Then I saw a concert from the Load tour and I couldn’t believe it was the same band. Lars only had one bass drum. When the initial fans complained about that (you know the ones who got them to that point) Lars said this is what they are doing now and if the fans didn’t like it “there’s the door”. I shut that door and never looked back. Occasionally I’ll check up on their stuff but it’s all still shit, even when they try to throw in some thrash it’s to little, to late. In a way I feel sorry for you that THIS was the album that got you into metal. Master of puppets was the album that got me into metallica. I quickly went back and bought all the old stuff and nothing they’ve done since “Justice for all” was worth buying. It made money though, just like Justin Bieber.

  • lepromatous

    Haruspex, you couldn’t have said it better. Im with you 100%. — and if your handle is in reference to the Milwaukee-based death/thrash outfit headed by Lee Halvorson, very nice – if not, check them out — even better after they did some shows with Mike Thompson of Impetus on vocals as well as Lee.

  • X

    Just wondering… why is this news on a horror movie site?

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