Original Album Sales – Comments
1983 Kill ‘Em All – 7,300,000
1984 Ride The Lightning – 11,500,000
1986 Master Of Puppets – 12,300,000
1988 …And Justice For All – 15,500,000
1991 Metallica – 30,400,000
1996 Load – 11,700,000
1997 Reload – 8,500,000
1998 Garage Inc. – 6,500,000
2003 St. Anger – 5,400,000
2008 Death Magnetic – 5,600,000
With only 9 studio albums and 1 cover album, Metallica have sold nothing less than a massive 114,7 million studio albums worldwide, with the USA ranking naturally as their lead market. UK may not be their biggest one but, in the rest of Europe, they achieved a comparatively better success, especially in such places as Scandinavia and the German-speaking countries. Also interesting to note is the fact that they are absolutely huge in Latin America.
Their self-titled, now classic album from 1991 has reached 30 million in recent years, clearly leading this pack. Ride The Lightning, Master Of Puppets, …And Justice For All and Load have all crossed the 10 million mark. Other two, Kill ‘Em All and Reload, aren’t all that far from that magic figure and will eventually get there at some point. Have they already reached 10 million equivalent sales via CSPC? Keep reading to find it out and also to see how more recent stuff has performed!