Metallica's 'Black Album' Crossing 16 Million Sales Mark in US

Record still selling almost 3,000 units per week, official data confirms.

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The highest-selling record of the SoundScan era, Metallica's "Black Album," is set to cross the 16 million US sales mark for the given period, official data has confirmed.

AsĀ Billboard reports, the 1991 classic is still selling between 2,000 and 3,000 units every week and should pass the mentioned 16 million figure in a matter of months. The album keeps holding onto the best-selling SoundScan era record title ever since crossing Shania Twain's "Come on Over" during week ending December 20, 2009.

At the moment, the "Black Album" is located at No. 146 on the Billboard 200 chart. Outside of the SoundScan era, the record was already confirmed 16 times platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) on December 13, 2012, shipping over 16 million copies in the US.

Back in 1991, the band's drummer Lars Ulrich told Rolling Stone about the album (via Blabbermouth): "We felt inadequate as musicians and as songwriters [early in our career]. That made us go too far, around 'Master of Puppets' and on '...And Justice For All,' in the direction of trying to prove ourselves. We'll do all this weird-a-s s--t sideways to prove that we are capable musicians and songwriters.

Frontman James Hetfield chipped in, "It was [once] a challenge for us to jam every riff in the universe into one song and make it work. Now we're pretty much doing the opposite. Which is even more of a challenge."

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    Don't care about what anyone says about them "selling out", that's bullshit, it's still a classic album.
    IF you really look at what this album did, it changed the view on metal. Up until this point (at least where I was from) Metal was hard, edgy and for most people just screaming and heavy guitars. This album literally changed peoples view over night, it made it almost friendly, now you had it all over mainstream MTV (not just headbangers ball) playing at sporting events, Metallica was everywhere.. I give these guys a lot of shit, but its hard to deny this is our generations Black Sabbath/Led Zeppelin.
    If anything, this should be a fight against the record industry. They always say "album sales aren't what they used to be." While this is true, look at the black album! 2-3K a week from an album that is 23 years old, maybe this should tell people that a good album will sell... Regardless of the times...
    No matter what people say about this album, you can't deny the fact that it's one of the biggest albums ever created.
    Nice work Metallica. Good to see it's still selling like crazy. Very inspirational. Classic album indeed!
    IMO the last really good Metallica album. Re/load were both good, St anger well, the less said the better. and I never really though DM was as great as people make out, I think the buildup to it didn't help.
    I liked DM at first, but eventually it just felt forced, kinda like a "Hey look, we're metal again" album.
    People still are buying this? Learn something new every day!
    People are still buying Back In Black too, it's still one of the highest grossing albums of all time! You don't f*ck with the classics, it seems