Metallica Black Album Sells 16 Million Units

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Metallica’s self-titled album from 1991 has now become the best-selling release in the U.S. chart history.

The album passed the 16 million sales milestone. The album, also referred to as The Black Album, due to its black cover art, is still very popular among their fans. It also shifted an estimated 3,000 copies last week, making its grand total of 16,002,000 sold in the 23-year period.

The album was released the same year experts at Nielsen SoundScan started tracking music sales Stateside. It has become one of two projects to sell over 15 million units in the chart’s history. Shania Twain’s Come On Over sold 15.57 million.

More on Metallica news, there are some songs that have never been played by the band live at concerts, although that list no longer includes ‘The Frayed Ends of Sanity,’ which made its much anticipated live debut on May 28.

Drummer Lars Ulrich teased the possibility of bringing the relatively obscure ‘…And Justice For All‘ song into the set list.

While he admitted that their current ‘By Request’ tour hadn’t led to as many new additions as he might like, he seemed excited about the Finnish fans voting for this particular ‘…And Justice for All’ song.

“We’ve never played ‘The Frayed Ends of Sanity’ before,” he said. “We’re going to have sit down and spin that one around for an hour or two. We carry a rehearsal room with us wherever we go. Give us an hour and we can learn any song in our catalog. We like to make the set list real wacky and change it up as much as possible, but in 2014 the fans are picking the songs.”

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