Metallica’s Black Album Still #1 in Sales

Metallica’s Black Album Still #1 in Sales

Nielsen SoundScan says so.

As originally reported by Gibson, Metallica’s Metallica (“Black Album”) is still the album with the largest numbers in terms of sales of the SoundScan era. The Metallica disc has sold 15,620,000 units since SoundScan began officially tracking sales results in 1991.

Nielsen SoundScan is an information and sales tracking system created by Mike Fine and Mike Shalett that tracks sales of music and music video products for the U.S. and Canada. This information is collected by over 14,000 retail, mass merchant, on-line stores, venues, digital music services to determine the top 10. Anyone who sells music with a barcode can be included in the list.

Metallica has released 9 studio albums, 3 live albums, 2 EPs, 24 music videos, and 45 singles. That is a ton of music! The band has won 9 Grammy Awards, and has had 5 consecutive albums debut at number one on the Billboard 200.