“The Black Album” By Metallica Hits A Record 500 Weeks On The Billboard Charts

Metallica’s perpetually selling hit record Metallica a.k.a. The Black Album (Elektra) has just hit quite the milestone: spending 500 weeks on the Billboard 200. This is the only Metal record to do this in music history and one of only three others ever ahead of them: Pink Floyd, Bob Marley, and Journey. Two of those albums (Bob Marley and Journey) are Greatest Hits releases, adding extra merit to Metallica and Pink Floyd. While not tracked consecutively, the album is one of only four to spend 500 weeks on the chart (this week’s charts find it at #137.) A further breakdown can be seen here.

Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of the Moon (937 weeks)

Bob Marley And The Wailers – Legend: The Best Of Bob Marley And The Wailers (539 weeks)

Journey – Greatest Hits (539 weeks)

Metallica – Metallica (500 weeks)

The standings are pulled from chart data that goes back to 1956. As for the sales of Metallica, it currently sits at 16.83 million copies sold in the United States alone. It was certified 16x multi-platinum on December 13th, 2016. On average, about two copies of the “The Black Album” are sold every minute each week.


Upcoming Metallica Worldwired To Self Destruct tour dates:

10/16 Milwaukee, WI – Wisconsin Entertainment And Sports Center

10/18 Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena

10/20 State College, PA – Bryce Jordan Center

10/22 Charlotte, NC – Spectrum Center

10/27 Buffalo, NY – Keybank Center

10/29 Albany, NY – Times Union Center

11/03 San Francisco, CA – The Masonic (‘All Within My Hands Foundation Helping Hands Concert and Auction‘)

11/26 Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena

11/28 Boise, ID – Taco Bell Arena

11/30 Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Smart Home Arena

12/05 Portland, OR – Moda Center

12/07 Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center

12/09 Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center

12/12 Spokane, WA – Spokane Arena

01/18 Tulsa, OK – BOK Center

01/20 Little Rock, AR – Verizon Arena

01/22 Birmingham, AL – Legacy Arena at the BJCC

01/24 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena

01/28 Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena

01/30 Cincinnati, OH – U.S. Bank Arena

02/01 Cleveland, OH – Quick Loans Arena

02/28 El Paso, TX – Don Haskins Center

03/02 Lubbock, TX – United Supermarkets Arena

03/04 Wichita, KS – Intrust Bank Arena

03/06 Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center

03/09 Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center

03/11 Indianapolis, IN – Bankers Life Fieldhouse

03/13 Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena