Metallica‘s 1991 self-titled album, a.k.a. “the Black Album,” has just hit a milestone, spending 500 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart.
While the weeks were not tracked consecutively, the album is one of only four to spend 500 weeks on the chart. The other three are Pink Floyd‘s The Dark Side Of The Moon at 937 weeks, Bob Marley And The Wailers‘ Legend: The Best Of Bob Marley And The Wailers at 539 weeks and Journey‘s Greatest Hits, also at 539 weeks.
The standings are pulled from chart data that goes back to 1956. As for the sales of “the Black Album,” it currently sits at 16.83 million copies sold in the United States alone. It was certified 16 times platinum on December 13th, 2012, the first album to sell more than 16 million copies in the U.S. since Nielsen SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991.
The album in 2009 surpassed Shania Twain‘s 1997 record, Come On Over, as the best-selling CD of the SoundScan era.
“The Black Album” was Metallica’s biggest commercial breakthrough, producing five singles and making them into one of the most popular rock bands in the world.