Metallica's 'Black Album' Named Best-Selling Album of Past 23 Years, Sold Over 16 Million Copies

artist: metallica date: 05/29/2014 category: general music news
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Metallica's 'Black Album' Named Best-Selling Album of Past 23 Years, Sold Over 16 Million Copies
Retaining the throne as the best-selling album of the SoundScan era, Metallica's "Black Album" has crossed yet another milestone last week by becoming the first record to sell over 16 million copies in the given period.

As Billboard reports, the "Black Album" sold another 3,000 units in the week ending May 25, rounding up the total sales figure to 16,002,000.

SoundScan began tracking US music sales on May 25, 1991, the year when the band's self-titled effort dominated the world as the No. 1 record. This basically makes "Black Album" the top-selling album of the past 23 years, not just in rock and metal, but music in general.

Metallica claimed the mentioned throne in December 2009, taking the title over from Shania Twain's "Come on Over," currently the second best-selling SoundScan era release with 15.57 million units shipped.

In other 'Tallica news, the group has officially performed "The Frayed Ends of Sanity" track live for the very first time. The special occasion took place last night (May 28) at Sonisphere Festival in Finland's capital, Helsinki.

The evening's setlist was entirely compiled by fans as a part of the band's "By Request" tour. Apart from "Orion" and perhaps a few other tunes, the rest of the setlist hardly featured any less-known, rarely-performed gems.

As announced by the group, 17 songs on the list were compiled through fan voting, while the spot No. 18 was reserved for the new track "The Lords of Summer."

As for "The Frayed Ends of Sanity," the song was briefly played in segments in the past, but never in its entirety. Bassist Rob Trujillo has recently dubbed it the most difficult Metallica song to learn on the bass. Check out the footage and the evening's setlist below.

Metallica Live at Sonisphere Helsinki, May 28, 2014

01. Battery
02. Master of Puppets
03. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
04. Ride the Lightning
05. The Unforgiven
06. Lords of Summer
07. ...And Justice for All
08. Sad But True
09. Fade to Black
10. Orion
11. One
12. For Whom the Bell Tolls
13. Blackened
14. Nothing Else Matters
15. Enter Sandman
Encore:
16. The Frayed Ends of Sanity
17. Whiskey in the Jar
18. Seek & Destroy

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