CSPC: Metallica Popularity Analysis

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Digital Singles Sales

With an estimated 35 million downloads sold worldwide, Metallica have also achieved remarkable numbers in this territory as well.

As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 1 ratio between one album and one digital single.

Kill ‘Em All (1983) – 82,000  equivalent albums

Total tracks – 820,000

Ride The Lightning (1984) – 400,000  equivalent albums

Total tracks – 4,000,000

Master Of Puppets (1986) – 390,000  equivalent albums

Total tracks – 3,900,000

…And Justice For All (1988) – 300,000 equivalent albums

Total tracks – 3,000,000

Metallica (1991) – 1,160,000  equivalent albums

Total tracks – 11,160,000

Load (1996) – 148,000  equivalent albums

Total tracks – 1,480,000

Reload (1997) – 200,000  equivalent albums

Total tracks – 2,000,000

Garage Inc. (1998) – 327,000 equivalent albums

Total tracks – 3,270,000

St. Anger (2003) – 97,000 equivalent albums

Total tracks – 970,000

Death Magnetic (2008) – 400,000 equivalent albums

Total tracks – 4,000,000

Orphan Album – 50,000 equivalent albums

Total tracks – 500,000

7 thoughts on “CSPC: Metallica Popularity Analysis”

  1. Great work again MJD! Kinda shocked how low their physical single sales are, but their digital sales makes that up. Impressive total as well!

    I hope MJD, that you can analysis on artists that dominated the early 2000s and had big albums like Shakira (Laundry Service), Usher (Confessions), Alicia Keys (Songs In A Minor) or Christina Aguilera (Stripped). Looking forward for the next one.

  2. Great article! However the Australian estimate for Metallica is too low given it was certified 12 x Platinum in june 2015 (840,000) units

    1. Hey Innocent Eyes,

      Good to see you here! Thanks for noticing that. I totally forgot. It has already been corrected.

  3. I just want to thank you for the great research and analysis.

    Metallica’s one of my favorite bands and i’m delighted that the younger generations continue to discover the fantastic material they released from 1983-1991.

    The Black Album is right on Appetite for Destruction’s heels…only 500,000 behind and considering the catalog sales, it’s going to surpass it sooner rather than later.

    1. Btw, in the analysis of the …And Justice For All album (page 5), the sales estimate is 15,000,000 but on the other pages in the article (page 12 and page 23) it’s 15,500,000 which probably means that page 5 is a typo.

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