According to Billboard, Metallica’s self-titled album, commonly known as the Black Album, sold 37,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending September 16 to land at position No. 9 on the Billboard 200 chart. It marks the first time in 29 years that the LP has cracked the Top 10 following the set’s 30th-anniversary reissue on September 10.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Each unit equals one album sale, or 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams generated by songs from an album.
Of Metallica‘s 37,000 units earned for the week, album sales comprise 29,000 (up 1,365%), SEA units comprise nearly 7,000 (up 34%, equaling 9.17 million on-demand streams of the set’s tracks) and TEA units comprise 1,000 (up 101%). All versions of the album, old and new, are combined for tracking and charting purposes.
Metallica was last in the top 10 in August 1992 after spending four weeks at No. 1.
This post first appeared on Rock Confidential.
Metallica’s ‘Black Album’ Enters Billboard Top 10 For The First Time Since 1992