Metallica 12/11/19

Metallica‘s self-titled fifth studio LP, released in 1991 and nicknamed “the black album,” has now spent 550 non-consecutive weeks, or just over 10 and a half years, on the Billboard 200 chart.

The LP is the fourth release in American history to hit the 550-week milestone, behind Pink Floyd‘s The Dark Side Of The Moon — which is approaching 1,000 weeks on the list — Bob Marley & The Wailers‘ Legend and Journey‘s Greatest Hits.

The “black album” surpassed Shania Twain‘s 1997 record, Come On Over, in 2009 as the best-selling CD of the SoundScan era. In 2014 it became the first album to sell 16 million copies since SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991.

The “black album” was Metallica’s biggest commercial breakthrough, producing five singles and making them one of the most popular rock bands in the world. Former bassist Jason Newsted told us that at the time, Metallica was eager to make a big leap forward: [“Everybody was ready. We pulled in somebody that could control us for a second and harness us for a second. That transpired. Everybody put their nose to the stone and worked hard, like Metallica always did, and then we got the fruits from it. Years later, it’s still, well, maybe is the biggest selling album in America for, I don’t know, for a long time.”] SOUNDCUE (:16 OC: . . . a long time.)

Story source: Forbes

TL; DR:

  • Metallica’s self-titled fifth studio LP, released in 1991 and nicknamed “the black album,” has now spent 550 non-consecutive weeks, or just over 10 and a half years, on the Billboard 200 chart.
  • The LP is the fourth release in American history to hit the 550-week milestone, behind Pink Floyd‘s The Dark Side Of The Moon — which is approaching 1,000 weeks on the list — Bob Marley & The Wailers‘ Legend and Journey‘s Greatest Hits.
  • In 2014 the “black album” became the first LP to sell 16 million copies since SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991.

SIDE NOTES: The “black album” was the first of four collaborations for Metallica with producer Bob Rock, who recalled to Music Radar, “It wasn’t a fun, easy record to make. I told the guys when we were done that I’d never work with them again. They felt the same way about me.”