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Six METALLICA Albums Made The Highest-Selling Metal Albums of 2016 List; Here's The Entire List

Posted by on January 5, 2017 at 2:22 pm

Metallica sell, and everybody's buying. We know that the Black Album is a monster, but sometimes we might forget, that the rest of their early catalog still sells very very well.

To my point, Metal Insider compiled a list of the top selling metal albums of the last year, and five Metallica records rank in the top six, with Metallica's debut coming in at #19. The only other band in the top five are Disturbed, with Megadeth's Dystopia ranking at (a respectable) #7. Here's the list:

  1. Metallica, Hardwired… To Self Destruct (Blackened Recordings)
    516,000 sold
  2. Disturbed, Immortalized (Reprise)
    298,000 sold
  3. Metallica, Metallica (Blackened Recordings)
    267,500 sold
  4. Metallica, Master of Puppets (Blackened Recordings)
    163,000 sold
  5. Metallica, …And Justice For All (Blackened Recordings)
    155,000 sold
  6. Metallica, Ride the Lightning (Blackened Recordings)
    153,000 sold
  7. Megadeth, Dystopia (Tradecraft/uME)
    148,000 sold
  8. Five Finger Death Punch, Got Your Six (Prospect Park)
    146,500 sold
  9. Avenged Sevenfold, The Stage (Capitol)
    144,000 sold
  10. Guns N’ Roses, Greatest Hits (Interscope/Geffen)
    138,000 sold
  11. Deftones, Gore (Reprise)
    133,000 sold
  12. Volbeat, Seal the Deal & Lets Boogie (Republic)
    123,000 sold
  13. AC/DC, Back in Black (Columbia)
    117,000 sold
  14. Guns N’ Roses, Appetite For Destruction (Interscope/Geffen)
    115,000 sold
  15. Nirvana, Nevermind (Interscope/DGC)
    114,000 sold
  16. Trans-Siberian Orchestra, The Ghosts of Christmas Eve (Atlantic)
    113,000 sold
  17. Shinedown, Threat to Survival (Atlantic)
    110,000 sold
  18. Pierce the Veil, Misadventures (Fearless)
    105,000 sold
  19. Metallica, Kill ’em All (Blackened Recordings)
    104,000 sold
  20. A Day To Remember, Bad Vibrations (ADTR)
    102,000 sold
  21. Korn, The Serenity of Suffering (Roadrunner)
    100,000 sold

It goes to show that legacy acts are still where all the big money is. The only newer bands here are A Day To Remember, Pierce the Veil and Volbeat – all who already have a decade under their belt. Avenged Sevenfold could have likely been much higher on this list, had they gone the traditional promo route.

[via MetalSucks]

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