CSPC: Metallica Popularity Analysis

Streaming Part 5 – Their last album to date

Metallica's streaming 5

We end this streaming analysis with their last studio album released to date, with almost 100,000 equivalent sales. It was technically released in the Spotify era but that in itself doesn’t mean much as streaming was an irrelevant part of the music business at the time and only started to be significant when the initial run for Death Magnetic was done. Its relatively small figures prove it isn’t really a fan favorite as of today.

One would have expected I Disappear to be their biggest Orphan song, but it turns out to be No Leaf Clover, first included on their big S&M live album.

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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