The Black Album from Metallica is now Certified Platinum 16 Times.
Metallica‘s self-titled 1991 record, aka ‘The Black Album,’ is already the best-selling album of the SoundScan era, and now they’re pulling away from the pack. ‘Metallica’ received its 16th platinum certificate from the Recording Industry Association of America in December, meaning it has surpassed 16 million in sales. The certification was one of 10 awarded to the band last month.
The band’s ‘Ride the Lightning’ album from 1984 also picked up a sixth platinum certificate, and six of their singles (‘Nothing Else Matters,’ ‘Fade to Black,’ ‘The Unforgiven,’ ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls,’ ‘Master of Puppets’ and ‘The Day That Never Comes’) went gold for sales of 500,000.
Additionally, Vintage Vinyl News reports that two Metallica ringtones earned Mastertone Gold certification from the RIAA for 500,000 downloads.