Get this: of all the albums released over the last quarter-century, none have sold more copies than Metallica’s The Black Album. According to Billboard, the band’s 1991 opus recently surpassed the 16-million copies sold mark, the first album to do so since SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991. Last week alone, the album moved 3,000 copies.
Shania Twain’s album Come On Over has sold the second most albums in this era, with a total of 15.57 million. 22 other LPs have crossed the 10-million mark, the most recent one being Adele’s 21 (which has currently sold 10.94 million copies).
And here’s another accolade for Metallica: The Black Album has remained on the Billboard 200 charts for 307 weeks, the sixth longest length of time in history. No. 1? Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, which has spent 861 weeks on the chart.
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Below, watch a recent episode of Masterpiece Reviews dedicated to another Metallica classic, Master of Puppets: