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Metallica Takes Over Shania Twain For Best Selling Album


Metallica Takes Over Shania Twain For Best Selling Album

by Paul Cashmere - December 24, 2009

Metallica`s self-titled album aka `Black` album has sold just 3000 more units than Shania Twain`s `Come On Over` to become the biggest selling album of the SoundScan era.

‘Black’ has now sold 15,490,000 units since 1991 according to Nielsen SoundScan. ‘Come On Over’ has sold 15,487,000.

With just two more weeks of sales figures to go until the end of the first decade of the 21st Century, Shania or her label Universal could easily go out and buy up a few thousand copies to end the decade in front. Will they?

Metallica’s ‘Black’ was released on August 13, 1991. Shania Twain ‘Come On Over’ was released on November 4, 1987 (actually 1997). SoundScan started tracking sales on March 1, 1991.

http://undercover.com.au/News-Story.aspx?id=9894_Metallica_Takes_Over_Shania_Twain_For_Best_Selling_Album



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Metallica Make History

Metallica received a big Christmas gift from Nielsen SoundScan with news that their Black Album has reportedly earned a historic distinction. BW&BK has the story:

Metallica's2_bing.gif self-titled album from 1991 (known as the black album) has surpassed Shania Twain's2_bing.gif 1997 CD "Come On Over" to become the best-selling album since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales for Billboard on March 1, 1991. Metallica has sold 15,490,000 copies whereas Come On Over has sold 15,487,000.

Yahoo's chart watch says that " Metallica is the only fourth album to head Nielsen/SoundScan's "release to date" chart, which lists the albums that have sold the most copies in its history." more Interestingly, the RIAA website shows that the Twain album is 20 times platinum (20 million). The SoundScan numbers are based on actual sales where as the RIAA base their numbers on the number of albums that the record company2_bing.gif has shipped. The latest numbers we have from SoundScan were from last year's recap where they show Metallica with sales of 15,319,000 and the Twain album with 15,473,000, so this looks legit to us!

The RIAA site says that the Metallica self-titled album earned its latest multi-platinum award on November 13th when it was recognized for shipping 15 X platinum. (15 million). Guess they were a little behind. - Read the BW&BK report

http://www.antimusic.com/news/09/dec/23Metallica_Make_History.shtml



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Twain's Come On Over No Longer All-Time Best Seller

(RTTNews) - Shania Twain's Come On Over has been surpassed as the best-selling album of the Nielsen SoundScan2_bing.gif era. Metallica's self-titled 1991 album has moved into the top spot, slipping past Twain's 1997 effort.

Metallica has now sold 15,490,000 copies, putting it at number one on Nielsen's release-to-date chart. Come On Over has sold 15,487,000 units to date.

Come On Over remains the top-selling album by a female artist. It spawned 12 singles, including "You're Still The One" and "Man! I Feel Like A Woman."

Twain hasn't released a studio album since Up! in 2002.

She has hinted that a new album could be in the works, though in January a spokesperson said that there was no album coming out soon. Twain is set to carry the Olympic torch for the 2010 games. The torch will go through her home town of Timmins on January 1.

http://www.rttnews.com/ArticleView.aspx?Id=1166321&SMap=1


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I guess any band can overtake someone who, for the moment is sitting still..

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Metallica Still Have Top Selling Album of the Soundscan Era; Garth Brooks Top Selling Artist

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Metallica's self titled album (aka the Black Album) has maintained its hold as the top selling LP of the Soundscan Era which now cover just a little over twenty years.

Nielsen SoundScan has published its annual list of Top 10 albums of the SoundScan era (1991-now) and since SoundScan began it has registered 15,735,000 sales for Metallica's Metallica.

Positions 1, 2, 3 and 4 are the same as last year with Shania Twain's Come On Over (2), Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill (3) and Backstreet Boys' Millennium (4) but The Beatles have jumped into 5th spot adding more than 200,000 sales in the past 12 months.

Apart from that, the Top 10 albums remains the same.

The current Top 10 albums of all time for the SoundScan era are:

  1. Metallica - Metallica (15,735,000)
  2. Come On Over - Shania Twain (15,513,000)
  3. Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morissette (14,714,000)
  4. Millennium - Backstreet Boys (12,168,000)
  5. 1- Beatles (11,985,000)
  6. Bodyguard - Soundtrack (11,829,000)
  7. Supernatural - Santana (11,772,000)
  8. Human Clay - Creed (11,574,000)
  9. No Strings Attached - N' Sync (11,122,000)
  10. Falling Into You - Celine Dion (10,790,000)

The biggest selling artists of the SoundScan era are:

  • Garth Brooks (68,561,000)
  • Beatles (63,299,000)
  • Mariah Carey (53,612,000)
  • Metallica (53,170,000)
  • Celine Dion (51,492,000)
  • George Strait (43,310,000)
  • Eminem (41,166,000)
  • Tim McGraw (40,169,000)
  • Alan Jackson (38,860,000)
  • Pink Floyd (37,228,000)

http://www.vintagevinylnews.com/2012/01/metallica-still-have-top-selling-album.html



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Here is an article which gives the updated sales for Come On Over.
 
Santana Hits Nielsen's 'Top 100 Albums Of The SoundScan Era' List

Santana has landed a spot on Nielsen's list of the "Top 100 Recordings of the SoundScan Era." The list compiles sales figures of the best selling records since the chart keeping company launched their highly influential SoundScan service for tracking record sales.

Santana scored the number 11 position on the list with his release Supernatural. That album has moved 11,751,712 to date, according to the list.

The guitar god joins some elite company on the list, including Metallica's self-titled Black album at number one, Shania Twain's Come On Over at number two and Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill at number three.

Nielsen launched SoundScan on March 1, 1991 and it has since been the go-to source for calculating shipments of albums from distributors to retail sellers.

Top 10 Albums Of The SoundScan Era:

1. Metallica - Metallica - 15,896,753 2. Shania Twain - Come On Over - 15,529,216 3. Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill - 14,856,788 4. Backstreet Boys - Millennium - 12,227,551 5. The Beatles - 1 - 12,214,533 6. Various Artists - The Bodyguard (Soundtrack) - 12,068,527 7. Santana - Supernatural - 11,751,712 8. Creed - Human Clay - 11,657,587 9. Bob Marley - Legend - 11,359,409 10. 'N Sync - No Strings Attached - 11,145,749

http://www.rttnews.com/2164469/santana-hits-nielsen-s-top-100-albums-of-the-soundscan-era-list.aspx

 



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Metallica's 'Black Album' Hits 16 Million in Sales

By Keith Caulfield | May 28, 2014 11:07 AM EDT

Metallica's mega-selling self-titled 1991 album has hit a new sales threshold. The album, which continues to be the best-selling release of the Nielsen SoundScan era, has become the first album to sell 16 million copies since SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991.

"Metallica" -- often referred to as "The Black Album" because of its stark cover art -- sold another 3,000 copies in the week ending May 25. That brings its cumulative total to 16,002,000. 

SoundScan began tracking U.S. music sales in 1991. Its point-of-sale data was first used to compile the Billboard 200 albums chart on May 25, 1991. "Metallica" marked the group's first No. 1 that year, when it debuted atop the list.

"Metallica" became the biggest-selling album of the SoundScan era in the week ending Dec. 20, 2009, when it overtook Shania Twain's "Come On Over." Twain's album is currently in second place on the list, with 15.57 million.

"Metallica" and "Come On Over" are the only two albums that have sold more than 15 million copies in the SoundScan era. There have been 22 releases that have shifted at least 10 million. The most recently-released title to reach the 10 million plateau was Adele's 2011 album "21." (Its sales now stand at 10.94 million.)

On the most current Billboard 200 chart, "Metallica" climbs from No. 155 to No. 144, marking its 307th week on the chart. That continues to be the longest chart run of any title since the tally began using SoundScan data. 

Since the Billboard 200 became a regularly-published weekly chart in 1956, "Metallica's" run is the sixth-longest. (Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side of the Moon" has the most weeks on the chart, with 861.) 

http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6099381/metallica-black-album-sales-16-million-nielsen-soundscan



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Metallica's 'Black Album': Happy 25th Birthday, Here's What You Have in Common with Shania Twain

By Kenneth Partridge | Billboard | August 11, 2016

Had the dudes in Metallica really wanted to go pop with their fifth LP, they certainly could have. Producer Bob Rock was ready with the echoey U2 guitar effects and corny Bon Jovi talkbox -- both buried in the mix, as detailed in a 2001 Classic Albums episode -- and there’s an “elevator version” of “Nothing Else Matters” with way more of composer Michael Kamen’s orchestrations.

But the hard-headed Cali thrash-metal pioneers were only willing to venture so far out of their comfort zone. As it turned out, they went just far enough.

Released 25 years ago tomorrow (Aug. 12, 1991) the self-titled set known as The Black Album shocked everyone by topping the Billboard 200 and producing three Top 40 singles, including the ineffable air-guitar anthem “Enter Sandman,” which raged all the way to No. 16. Perhaps because it wasn’t tied to some trend like grunge or teen pop, Black stayed in fashion throughout the ‘90s, and a quarter-century later, it stands as the top-selling album of the Nielsen SoundScan era, the period that began with the March 1991 launch of that company’s sales-tracking system.

For every 100 kids that got into Metallica because of The Black Album, a handful of early fans left the flock. The purists had legitimate gripes. Compared to the foursome’s previous efforts, the record was achingly slow and cloyingly melodic. The guitar solos have feeling, and the rhythm section grooves. Gone was the guileless berserker charge of 1983’s Kill ‘Em All, the precision riff warfare of Ride the Lightning and Master of Puppets, and the cornered-panther prog-thrash prowling of 1988’s ...And Justice for All, the record that had brought Metallica to the brink of crossover success.

And yet it isn’t the sellout album some fans would have you believe. Much like Shania Twain’s 1997 blockbuster, Come On Over, which ranks No. 2 within the Nielsen SoundScan era, it’s an example of how to artfully make millions of mainstream listeners embrace a style of music they always thought they hated. Interestingly, both ‘Tallica and Shania made the masses come to them with the help of ‘80s hard rock super producers.

Twain worked with her then-husband, Robert “Mutt” Lange, the British-born recluse responsible for such mega-sellers as AC/DC’s Back In Black (a major touchstone for Metallica) and Def Leppard’s Pyromania and Hysteria. On those albums, every hummable lick and humongoid chorus is right where it belongs. Lange is a peerless pop craftsman, and with Come On Over, he and Twain left nothing to chance. They held on to some key country elements -- the slight twang in Shania’s vocals, the flashes of fiddle, the spunky lipstick feminism of “Man! I Feel Like a Woman,” the earnest devotion of “Still the One” -- and snuck them into pop tunes VH1 would play alongside the Spice Girls and Alanis Morissette. (The non-single “Black Eyes, Blue Tears,” about leaving an abuser, even rumbles a bit little like “Sandman.”)

Metallica got to a similar place -- primetime MTV -- in a less calculating manner. Rock, whose credits included Bon Jovi and Motley Crue, tried and failed to shape the band’s arrangements; as he says in the Classic Albums episode, the best he could do was convince the guys to slow the tempos, make the bass audible, and include a few harmonies. The group made these concessions, and yet they didn’t sacrifice the attitudes essential to metal. The vaguely hawkish “Don’t Tread On Me” and Eastern-flavored drifter’s apologia “Wherever I May Roam” speak to the trust-no-one, screw-everyone individualism endemic to the genre. Frontman James Hetfield aims the huffy “Holier Than Thou” at people who think they’re better than him, tapping into the anti-elitist vibe that manifests itself more meaningfully whenever bands like Metallica sing about poor soldiers sent to war. “Through the Never” is about how existence is cruel riddle man will never solve.

Instead of slicing through you like bits of shrapnel, the album's songs shake the ground out from under your feet. “Sad But True” is the best example -- any faster and this one actually would’ve lost momentum. And then there’s the love ballad, “Nothing Else Matters,” which was destined to irk thrash-heads even without the strings. Sure, it’s weird to hear Hetfield croon instead of growl and bare his soul with lines like, “Never opened myself this way.” But it’s dark and vague enough to be about anything. Metallica had done pretty before -- ”Fade to Black,” “Welcome Home (Sanitarium),” even the 2:35 mark on the first album’s “Phantom Lord” -- and here, they can’t help but stay a little ugly.

Today, the gambles Metallica and Shania took are emblematic of another time. Post-Twain mainstream country gobbles up pop sounds (rap verses, EDM drops, ‘80s butt-rock guitars) like items on a buffet. Crossovers are very much the norm. (One day, Shania and Kanye can argue about who actually made Taylor Swift famous.)

Fans of metal and country still debate about authenticity and selling out, but the stakes are lower. The next time Metallica pisses everyone off by going full-on orchestral, re-hiring Bob Rock for a snare-free musical therapy session, or making a highfalutin concept record based on 19th century German theater, fans won’t have to risk money on a CD or a download. If it sucks on first stream, just scroll down to Puppets for the billionth time. Or Metallica. Now that record rules.

http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/7469350/metallica-black-album-25-anniversary-shania-twain-1991



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