#9 METALLICA – 137,628,000
With a cumulative total of 137,6 million equivalent albums sold, we now join really the elite group of all-time biggest acts. Here, we are speaking about Metallica, a band specific for focusing extensively on their studio albums. Their biggest remains the eponymous black album which topped the overall total of 40 million album sales generated. Their 11th album is scheduled for November 18 this year and their catalog is already buoyant so get ready to see those figures fly even higher within’ a couple of months.
Biggest Album – Metallica – 40,460,000
Weakest Album – St. Anger – 5,772,000
Number of Albums – 10
CSPC Album Average – 13,724,000
Orphan Album Sales – 392,000
Studio Albums Sales – 114,700,000
Studio Albums Ranking- #5
Remaining Full Length Records Sales – 14,582,000
Remaining Full Length Records Ranking- #12
Physical Singles Sales – 10,350,000
Physical Singles Ranking- #10
Download Singles Sales – 35,540,000
Download Singles Ranking- #18
Streaming Sales – 1,687,000 (in album sales equivalent)
Streaming Ranking- #14
It is very rare that studio album sales category represents well past 80% of the artist overall sales, especially after 33 years. Indeed, the band has yet to release a compilation as of now. This strategy enabled their studio albums to all keep selling which explains why after as many as 10 albums they still never dropped below 5,8 million equivalent sales for one era. This present week, they own as many as five albums inside the US Top 50 Catalog albums chart, so don’t expect them to slow down on all-time rankings.
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