Just to prove Metallicas enduring status as one of the biggest acts in music, its now been officially confirmed thatThe Black Album is the biggest seller in America over the past 20 years.
Since 1991, it has sold 15,735,000 copies. This is since the introduction of the electronic Soundscan system to more accurately monitor sales in the States.
In total, the band have sold 53,170,000 copies of all their albumssince 91. That makes them the fourth biggest artist of the Soundscan era, behind Garth Brooks, The Beatles and Mariah Carey.
Metallica will, of course, be playing the whole ofThe Black Album when they headline the Download Festival on Saturday, June 9. They will also release the four-track EPBeyond Magnetic on CDon January 30. This came out digitally last month.
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