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article imageMetallica breaks sales record with 'The Black Album'

By Markos Papadatos     May 29, 2014 in Music
Iconic band Metallica's self-titled fifth studio album has been referred to as "The Black Album" It has become the first CD to scan over 16 million units in SoundScan's history.
This album holds the record for the most weeks spent on the Billboard 200 all-genre charts in the Nielsen SoundScan era, with 307 weeks. It was produced by Bob Rock and it was released on August 12, 1991, and it subsequently debuted at No. 1 on the charts, making it their first chart-topping album. It has since been certified gold, platinum, or multi-platinum in 34 countries, and in 1997, it received a diamond certification in the United States for 10 million units sold.
The Black Album featured five hit singles including "Enter Sandman," "The Unforgiven," "Nothing Else Matters," "Wherever I May Roam" and "Sad But True."
In addition, it is the third longest-charting CD (following Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon and Carole King's Tapestry), as well as the sixth longest-charting album in the history of the Billboard charts.
Particularly impressive about these 307 weeks, is that it spent 20 consecutive weeks in the Billboard 200 all-genre charts in 2014, thanks to their performance on the 56th Grammy awards this past January, as well as the release of Metallica Through The Never on all home video formats.
From a critical standpoint, it garnered them some of the best reviews of their career. Rolling Stone Magazine praised it as one of the "essential recordings of the '90's" and stated that the songs "seemed destined to become hard-rock classics."
To learn more about Metallica, visit their official website.
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