Metallica‘s 1991 self-titled fifth album, commonly referred to as “the black album,” will pass the 16 million mark in sales sometime in the next three to four months. According to Billboard.com, the disc will hit that milestone if it keeps up its current pace of selling about 2,000 to 3,000 copies per week. The set was already certified 16 times platinum in December 2012 for shipments to U.S. retailers in excess of 16 million.
- In 2009, the “black album” passed Shania Twain‘s 1997 effort, Come On Over, to become the best-selling CD of the SoundScan era. SoundScan began electronically tracking record sales in 1991.
- Although Metallica scored its first radio and video airplay with 1988’s . . . And Justice For All, the black album was the band’s biggest commercial breakthrough, producing five singles and making them into one of the most popular rock bands in the world.
- Metallica performed the “black album” in its entirety at several European festivals in 2012, as well as the inaugural Orion Music + More festival that same year in New Jersey.