After 29 years, Metallica’s 1991 self-titled album is back in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200. The album, better known as the “Black Album,” which topped the charts back in the day, returns to the charts die to the massive 30th anniversary box set edition of the heavy metal classic.

Billboard reported, “The former chart-topper surges from Number 158 to Number Nine on the September 25th-dated chart, earning 37,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending September 16th (up 397 percent) according to MRC Data. . . The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).”

Metallica next plays on September 24th and 26th in Louisville, Kentucky at the Louder Than Life at Highland Festival Grounds at the Kentucky Exposition Center.


  • Metallica‘s “Black Album” was released on August 12th, 1991. The set debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200 albums chart and eventually sold more than 15 million copies in the U.S. and 22 million worldwide.
  • It is currently the biggest selling album of the SoundScan era of sales tracking.


  • Just released is the massive box set edition of Metallica‘s self-titled 1991 set, better known to fans as the “Black Album.”
  • The “Deluxe Box Set” includes 14 CD’s, six LP’s, and six DVD’s, along with much more.
  • Also out now is a companion covers collection, titled, The Metallica Blacklist, which includes a whopping 53 covers by various artists across the musical landscape.  

CHECK IT OUT: Metallica’s video for 1991’s “Nothing Else Matters”: