As Metallica prepare for their headline appearance at Glastonbury Festival on June 28, news arrives of another spectacular sales achievement for the band in the US. Their self-titled 1991 release, often known as ‘The Black Album,’ has just sold its 16 millionth copy in America, according to Nielsen SoundScan research — the first album to break through that barrier since the company started tracking sales that very year.
The album became the biggest-selling release of the SoundScan era at the end of 2009, taking the crown from Shania Twain’s ‘Come On Over,’ which is currently on 15.57 million sales, reports Billboard. In 2003, ‘Metallica’ was ranked at No. 255 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Worldwide sales of the blockbuster, which includes such all-time Metallica favourites as ‘Enter Sandman’ and ‘Nothing Else Matters,’ are estimated at 30 million copies.