Metallica’s ‘Black Album’ is almost 16 million copies in the black

Posted by on March 6, 2014

Metallica+Metallica_AlbumRemember when Metallica Through the Never lost Metallica a bunch of money and the band, while disappointed, just kind of shrugged? That’s probably because they keep on raking in the bucks by selling more copies of The Black Album. Billboard reports that the 23 year-old album, the biggest-selling album of the SoundScan era (which also dates back to 1991), will cross the 16 million-sold barrier in two to three months. Metal Injection has the most up to date stats, with the approximately 2,500 copies the album sold pushing it to a total of 15,971,659 copies.

Also of note is that the band’s other albums keep selling too. Interestingly enough, …And Justice For All has sold 5.574 million, which is more than the 4.827 million that Master of Puppets has sold and the 4.548 million that Ride the Lightning has sold. It’s fascinating that the band is continuing to do that well, but perhaps the many people that bought the album on vinyl, cassette or CD are upgrading to the digital age or maybe more people are just discovering that Metallica band.


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