Metallica’s ‘Black Album’ will hit the 16 million sales mark this summer
Metallica’s popular 1991 self-titled album, often referred to as “The Black Album,” will soon hit a new milestone: 16 million in sales. According to Billboard, the album has pushed roughly 15,971,000 copies to date. On average, the release is pushing between 2,000-3,000 copies per week, which means the album should reach 16 million in sales this June or July.
“The Black Album” has a rich history. The collection features some of Metallica’s biggest hits, including “Enter Sandman,” “Sad But True,” “Nothing Else Matters,” “Wherever I May Roam” and “The Unforgiven.” “The Black Album” was also Metallica’s first album to debut at No. 1, selling over 650,000 copies its initial week of release.
The album was recorded back when making albums was a pricy endeavor, well before the studio-in-a-box technology of today. “The Black Album” cost a hefty $1 million to create, and the release had to be remixed three times, which caused some major feuding between band members. Producer Bob Rock oversaw the album’s recording, and Metallica continued to have Rock serve as their producer through 2003’s “St. Anger.”
Photo: Metallica’s James Hetfield, photo by Anne Erickson
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