CSPC: Metallica Popularity Analysis

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Streaming Part 2 – Consolidation

Metallica's streaming 2

The band broke the medium success achieved by the late eighties, and became massive all over the world, with both of these titles: …And Justice For All and Metallica, their fourth and fifth albums. Considering that …And Justice For All sold more than both Ride The Lightning and Master Of Puppets, it is a relative disappointment to see its equivalent album sales barely passing the 150,000 mark, and more if we also add that one of their most regarded tracks, One, is included here.

Metallica -the album- shines among their catalogue with a massive 570,000 equivalent sales, mostly thanks to Enter Sandman and Nothing Else Matters, that are both approaching the 100 million mark on Spotify and have already surpassed that milestone when other online platforms are taken into account.

13 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.

  4. Great work again!

    “On the other hand, their debut Kill ‘Em All lacks a proper hit singles on its own, unlike the two other albums covered above.”

    I thought “Seek and Destroy” would be a huge streaming track. This early classic has been played at almost every concert of their entire career, and it’s quite big on youtube. One version has 27 mio views another has 25 mio. Easily the biggest from Kill ’em All and on par with (or bigger than) other early classics like “Creeping death”, “Ride the Lightning”, “Battery” and “Welcome Home Sanitarium”.

    I can’t believe “Seek and Destroy” only ranks 5th on Kill Em All in your streaming research!! Could spelling be an issue? Seek and Destroy, Seek n Destroy, Seek & Destroy…

    Regards,
    Thomas (Dane)

    1. Hi again Thomas!

      Yes, I was myself surprised when Hernan compiled this article at first. It seems the track was either unavailable / or had an incorrect count by then, since by now Seek & Destroy is indeed way ahead of the remaining songs from Kill ‘Em All! As of now, it has 23,2 million streams, The 4 Horsemen is on 14,5 million and both Hit the Lights and Whiplash are on 9,5/10 million.

      Their recent album / tour clearly boosted them as Enter Sandman is now almost on 200 million!

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