Metallica’s Black Album marks 16 million sales milestone

Metallica’s self-titled 1991 album has become the best-selling release in U.S. chart history after surpassing the 16 million sales mark. The disc, widely referred to as The Black Album due to its plain cover art, continues to be a popular choice with fans and shifted an estimated 3,000 copies last week (ends25May14) to take its grand total to 16,002,000 units sold in the 23 years since first it hit retailers.
The Metallica album, released in the same year experts at Nielsen SoundScan began tracking music sales Stateside, is just one of two projects which have racked up over 15 million sales in the chart’s history – Shania Twain’s Come On Over boasts 15.57 million units.