'Black Album' Outsells Megadeth's 'Super Collider' in the US This Week

Metallica's 22-year-old eponymous record beats the latest Megadeth effort on this week's Billboard chart.

'Black Album' Outsells Megadeth's 'Super Collider' in the US This Week
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Metallica's multi-platinum 1991 eponymous record officially beat the latest Megadeth studio effort "Super Collider," outselling it on this week's Billboard 200 chart. What made matters all the more interesting is the fact that 1,713 copies sold this week put "Super Collider" directly one spot below the "Black Album," which scored a 1,737 sales figure. As far as the overall figures are considered, the "Black Album" is currently around 97,000 units short of reaching 16x platinum status, while "Super Collider" only managed to cross the 60,000 mark with a total of 60,519 units shipped in the US since the June 4 release. As Metal Injection report points outs, the entire situation once again put Dave Mustaine in somewhat of an ironic position against his old band. Same source also indicates that the previous Megadeth record, "Th1rt3en," managed to crack the 120,000 figure within a month, beating the current "Super Collider" sales by far. Megadeth are currently busy wrapping up this year's Gigantour with the concert trek's final show set to take place this Sunday (August 11) in Toronto, Canada. Metallica on the other hand, are mostly keeping themselves occupied with the upcoming "Through the Never" 3D movie and its September 27 exclusive IMAX 3D Theaters premiere.

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    502Megadeth1320
    This just seems like baiting for an ever-present Megadeth vs. Metallica argument...
    The_Dayman
    Too bad nobody with a brain cares about Metallica vs. Megadeth anymore... Yeah. Pointless article.
    DvanG
    Just as pointless and interesting as the following facts: Metallica has more songs called Enter Sandman on the black album then Megadeth's Super Collider contains. But then again, Dave is more of a ginger haired frontman then Kirk will ever be. Maybe UG should write an article about this too?
    codyjt5150
    Enter Sandman is fu*king horrible. Don't get me wrong the Black Album is great.
    ryanquinney
    The reason enter sandman is great -and it is great- is the marriage of a great riff, great arrangement, and the entire gamut of great engineering. Just because it's a mainstream song doesn't mean it can't be awesome.
    HeretiK538
    Honestly, the main problem with Enter Sandman is that it's been played about as much as Stairway or Sweet Child O' Mine. Yeah, they're great songs, but they got old after the first thousand listens. Maybe it's just because I live opposite a pub that does cover bands...
    fromzero
    Maybe its not the best song on the record but its the best one riff song on record. (No typos).
    RiseAgainst93
    am i the only person who likes both bands?
    502Megadeth1320
    So I guess the author doesn't like Megadeth much.
    jpob
    I dont see any other reason why this is an article. Supercollider came out 2 months ago and has been out sold by the highest selling album of all time in one week. I bet Dark Side of the Moon and Led Zeppelin IV out sold both as well.
    SGofawesome
    Black Album is the highest selling album in the US, but not the highest selling album in the world. That goes to Michael Jackson's "Thriller".
    goddamncanadian
    Being outsold by a 22 year old album... I bet Dave doesn't want to play "Metal Militia" anymore.
    CM-22
    "What made matters all the more interesting is the fact that 1,713 copies sold this week put "Super Collider" directly one spot below the "Black Album," which scored a 1,737 sales figure." So Interesting, it's my 'fun fact of the day!
    Swamplord
    There are 15 knives in my cutlery drawer and only 14 forks. You don't see articles about that shit. Aaand my forks and knives get along swimmingly at least 3 times a day.
    Doomzdayxx
    Hey Dave Mustaine, look at the silver lining- at least St. Anger, Bload or reBload didn't outsell you.
    lemmyisgod97
    How did that happen, did they re-release it with bonus material or something ?
    reliable master
    No, it's still being sold and people are still buying it, that's all. You'd know if it was being re-released, the UG team would be ramming it down our throats.
    6-String_Madman
    Orion 2012 Day 2 might be a factor why it is still selling good lately. But for whatever reason, no one could deny the production quality of that album. Every instrument is audible and not just audible, all of them is punching through your ears whether you listen to it on a headset or a pair of big speakers. And it's not true that the Black Album is the starting point of the band's huge popularity. It's the "One" video that made them huge and when some of the core fans of the band started to hate them.
    KerNeL_KLuTcH
    it's the best selling album of the soundscan era (1991- present) and continues to sell well, it's like the 90's Dark Side of the Moon
    theclassicrock
    Really? I thought Nevermind would have sold more. Good for them.
    jpob
    I think Nevermind originally out sold it but Metallica has been in the mainstream since the Black Album (which has led to its on going sales) where as Nirvana (although still showing a lot of success) has been out of the mainstream for a while thus people aren't buying their stuff.
    KerNeL_KLuTcH
    Considering the Black Album flew off the shelves from the start and Nevermind was released by a mostly unknown at the time band, add to that the fact that the black album was released before Nevermind, the black album got a huge head start.
    PowerStruggle
    I'd guess to do with that film they put out? I think they just put it out? Or maybe it's coming out soon? I dunno. Great avatar.
    mop10893
    It actually has nothing to do with the movie believe it or not. For the past year and a half that I have been checking iTunes, the Black Album has been the number 1 selling metal album. It's because Metallica is still relevant and get new fans everyday, and a lot of them go to the album with the most hits first.
    DaveGWARmustain
    Can we compare with the sales of LULU?
    KingV911
    The always accurate Wikipedia has this to say about the sales of LULU: "Worldwide sales have topped 100,000 copies in two weeks." So even that piece of horse ass outsold SC.