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.
As 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."