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    Metallica - One of the greatest rock bands ever, I thought I'd post whatever info i have about them.

    If anyone knows more about their sales around the world, please share!

  • #2
    US Sales according to the RIAA - most of their albums get certifications when they should, so this is a pretty much correct total:

    Ride the Lightening - 5,000,000
    Master of Puppets - 6,000,000
    Garage Days - 1,000,000
    Kill em All - 3,000,000
    Justice for All - 8,000,000
    Metallica - 14,000,000
    Load - 5,000,000
    Reload - 3,000,000
    Garage Inc - 2,500,000
    S&M - 2,500,000
    St. Anger - 2,000,000

    Total US Sales = 52,000,000

    That's 5 million higher than celine dion ;)

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    • #3
      Here are the sales in the UK:

      Ride the Lightening - 200,000
      Master of Puppets - 200,000
      Garage Days -
      Kill em All - 200,000
      Justice for All - 100,000
      Metallica - 300,000
      Load - 200,000
      Reload - 200,000
      Garage Inc -
      S&M -
      St. Anger - 200,000


      A lot of these haven't been certified in years....

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      • #4
        There's no doubting that their sales in the U.S are massive. I always found it interesting that Iron Maiden have enjoyed similar if not higher levels of success outside of the U.S yet never reached anything close to the peak of Metallica's success in the U.S.

        I know Maiden fans claim it is because Maiden never sold out and got radio play but that's not stricly true! The 'Black Album' was a commercial release by Metallica in 91 but so was much of 'Fear of The Dark' by Maiden in 92. The difference is that Maiden stalled at no. 12 with their release whilst the Black Album sold and sold!

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        • #5
          Where's manowar? He should be here, this topic is designed for him, lol. And I miss him too.
          Hi, manowar, where have you been?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by nibblet
            There's no doubting that their sales in the U.S are massive. I always found it interesting that Iron Maiden have enjoyed similar if not higher levels of success outside of the U.S yet never reached anything close to the peak of Metallica's success in the U.S.

            I know Maiden fans claim it is because Maiden never sold out and got radio play but that's not stricly true! The 'Black Album' was a commercial release by Metallica in 91 but so was much of 'Fear of The Dark' by Maiden in 92. The difference is that Maiden stalled at no. 12 with their release whilst the Black Album sold and sold!
            But songs like Nothing Eles Matters and The Unforgiven had much more pop appeal then anything from Iron Maiden.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by nelson
              Where's manowar? He should be here, this topic is designed for him, lol. And I miss him too.
              Hi, manowar, where have you been?
              Yes where is he ?? this thread is for him

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              • #8
                Originally posted by joao
                Originally posted by nibblet
                There's no doubting that their sales in the U.S are massive. I always found it interesting that Iron Maiden have enjoyed similar if not higher levels of success outside of the U.S yet never reached anything close to the peak of Metallica's success in the U.S.

                I know Maiden fans claim it is because Maiden never sold out and got radio play but that's not stricly true! The 'Black Album' was a commercial release by Metallica in 91 but so was much of 'Fear of The Dark' by Maiden in 92. The difference is that Maiden stalled at no. 12 with their release whilst the Black Album sold and sold!
                But songs like Nothing Eles Matters and The Unforgiven had much more pop appeal then anything from Iron Maiden.
                But 'Fear of The Dark' had 'Wasting Love' which was blatantly an attempt to score a US radio hit - Maiden's first ballad! There was also straight out rock tunes like 'From Here To Eternity' and 'The Fugutive'(released to US radio). Neither of those were 'heavier' than 'Enter Sandman' by Metallica.

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                • #9
                  they got their first gold award without video clip.and it was brutal thrash album not hard n heavy
                  http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a82/ma ... 528991.jpg

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                  • #10
                    You know the routine. U.S. only. Numbers prior to May 25, 1991 aren't counted. Club sales through BMG and its ilk aren't counted.



                    As of December 14, 2005:


                    Metallica

                    * Kill 'Em All - 2,345,000

                    * Ride the Lightning - 3,961,000

                    * Master of Puppets - 4,082,000

                    * ...And Justice For All - 4,810,000

                    Metallica - 14,514,000

                    Load - 4,909,000

                    Reload - 3,882,000

                    Garage, Inc. - 2,933,000

                    St. Anger - 1,707,000

                    Some Kind of Monster (EP) - 153,000

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                    • #11
                      Metallica US Shipments

                      Key
                      year of release
                      year of latest riaa certification
                      title
                      riaa shipment
                      soundscan total since 1991

                      Original Studio Albums
                      1983 1999 Kill 'Em All 3,000,000 2,526,000 nov 2008
                      1984 2003 Ride the Lightning 5,000,000 4,225,000 nov 2008
                      1986 2003 Master of Puppets 6,000,000 4,449,000 nov 2008
                      1988 2003 And Justice For All 8,000,000 5,201,000 nov 2008
                      1991 2003 Metallica 14,000,000 15,278,000 nov 2008
                      1996 2003 Load 5,000,000 4,991,000 mar 2008
                      1997 1998 Reload 3,000,000 3,990,000 sep 2008
                      2003 2003 St Anger 2,000,000 1,760,000 jun 2008
                      2008 2008 Death Magnetic 1,000,000

                      Live Albums
                      1999 2003 S & M 2,500,000 2,883,000 sep 2008

                      Other Projects
                      1987 1990 Garage Days EP 1,000,000 3,000 May 2000
                      1998 2000 Garage Inc. 2,500,000 3,041,000 sep 2008
                      2004 none Some Kind Of Monster none 153,000

                      The Live Binge and Purge was certified as a video and had scanned 548,000 by Sep 2004.

                      These riaa certs, as was pointed out above, total 52,000,000.

                      Metallica's Soundscan total Sep 2005 was 47,600,000.

                      Historically -

                      33.2m feb 1999
                      35.9m may 2000
                      40.2m mar 2002
                      44.4m jan 2004
                      47.6m sep 2005

                      So you can work out their catalogue sales since 1999.

                      I don't know if any of their albums were sold through Record Clubs in the US.






                      See Page One of my threads for all updates

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                      • #12
                        ^^ As Basil hasn't updated the post above since 2008, I've decided to update it here:

                        Metallica US Shipments

                        Key
                        year of release
                        year of latest riaa certification
                        title
                        riaa shipment
                        soundscan total since 1991

                        Original Studio Albums
                        1983 1999 Kill 'Em All 3,000,000 2,575,000 may09
                        1984 2012 Ride the Lightning 6,000,000 4,553,000mar14
                        1986 2003 Master of Puppets 6,000,000 4,833,000mar14
                        1988 2003 And Justice For All 8,000,000 5,580,000 mar14
                        1991 2012 Metallica 16,000,000 16,051,000 oct14
                        1996 2003 Load 5,000,000 5,049,000 dec09
                        1997 1998 Reload 3,000,000 4,036,000 dec09
                        2003 2003 St Anger 2,000,000 1,760,000 jun08
                        2008 2010 Death Magnetic 2,000,000 1,853,000 dec09

                        Live Albums
                        1999 2003 S & M 2,500,000 2,883,000 sep08

                        Other Projects
                        1987 1990 Garage Days EP 1,000,000 3,000 may00
                        1998 2000 Garage Inc. 2,500,000 3,041,000 sep08
                        2004 none Some Kind Of Monster none 153,000 dec05
                        2011 none Beyond Magnetic (EP) 69,000 jan12


                        The Live Binge and Purge was certified as a video and had scanned 548,000 by Sep 2004.

                        Total riaa certs 57,000,000.

                        Metallica's Soundscan total May 25th 2014 was 54,365,000.

                        As far as we know none of their albums were sold through Record Clubs in the US.
                        Top Catalog Albums of the Soundscan era

                        Let there be rock!

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                        • #13
                          Blabbermouth.net has provided a few minor updates.

                          Metallica (Black album): 14.60m mar06
                          St. Anger: 1.71m feb06

                          http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbe ... emID=49784

                          http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbe ... emID=48956
                          Top Catalog Albums of the Soundscan era

                          Let there be rock!

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                          • #14
                            i have this:

                            Metallica RIAA:

                            Master of Puppets 6xp
                            Ride The Lightning 5xp
                            Garage Days Revisted 1xp
                            And Justice For All 8xp
                            Kill ‘Em All 3xp
                            Metallica 14xp
                            Load 5xp
                            Reload 3xp
                            Garage Inc. 5xp
                            S&M 5xp
                            St. Anger 2xp

                            Total: 57xp

                            Chris


                            Originally posted by whyme
                            US Sales according to the RIAA - most of their albums get certifications when they should, so this is a pretty much correct total:

                            Ride the Lightening - 5,000,000
                            Master of Puppets - 6,000,000
                            Garage Days - 1,000,000
                            Kill em All - 3,000,000
                            Justice for All - 8,000,000
                            Metallica - 14,000,000
                            Load - 5,000,000
                            Reload - 3,000,000
                            Garage Inc - 2,500,000
                            S&M - 2,500,000
                            St. Anger - 2,000,000

                            Total US Sales = 52,000,000

                            That's 5 million higher than celine dion ;)

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                            • #15
                              I see now. Two albums are double albums.

                              Chris

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                              • #16
                                Aug 2 2006

                                Kill 'Em All-2,387,910
                                Ride the Lightning-4,024,248
                                Master of Puppets-4,165,206
                                And Justice For All-4,890,156
                                Metallica-14,701,950

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by whyme
                                  US Sales according to the RIAA - most of their albums get certifications when they should, so this is a pretty much correct total:

                                  Ride the Lightening - 5,000,000
                                  Master of Puppets - 6,000,000
                                  Garage Days - 1,000,000
                                  Kill em All - 3,000,000
                                  Justice for All - 8,000,000
                                  Metallica - 14,000,000
                                  Load - 5,000,000
                                  Reload - 3,000,000
                                  Garage Inc - 2,500,000
                                  S&M - 2,500,000
                                  St. Anger - 2,000,000

                                  Total US Sales = 52,000,000

                                  That's 5 million higher than celine dion ;)
                                  Not that it matters much but Celine is at 49 million RIAA and her 2 highest sellers are both undercertified, one by at least 1 million and the other by at least 2 million

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by manowar555
                                    Aug 2 2006

                                    Kill 'Em All-2,387,910
                                    Ride the Lightning-4,024,248
                                    Master of Puppets-4,165,206
                                    And Justice For All-4,890,156
                                    Metallica-14,701,950
                                    Thanks, nice to see Ride the Lightning has joined the 4m club!
                                    Top Catalog Albums of the Soundscan era

                                    Let there be rock!

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by manowar555
                                      Aug 2 2006

                                      Kill 'Em All-2,387,910
                                      Ride the Lightning-4,024,248
                                      Master of Puppets-4,165,206
                                      And Justice For All-4,890,156
                                      Metallica-14,701,950
                                      thanks for those soundscan figures

                                      what are the latest figures you got for their other albums?
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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by joao
                                        Originally posted by nibblet
                                        There's no doubting that their sales in the U.S are massive. I always found it interesting that Iron Maiden have enjoyed similar if not higher levels of success outside of the U.S yet never reached anything close to the peak of Metallica's success in the U.S.

                                        I know Maiden fans claim it is because Maiden never sold out and got radio play but that's not stricly true! The 'Black Album' was a commercial release by Metallica in 91 but so was much of 'Fear of The Dark' by Maiden in 92. The difference is that Maiden stalled at no. 12 with their release whilst the Black Album sold and sold!
                                        But songs like Nothing Eles Matters and The Unforgiven had much more pop appeal then anything from Iron Maiden.
                                        Nothing could be further from the truth.

                                        Iron Maiden has always tried to appeal to mainstream commercial crowd, from the early days. Let us not forget that Maiden had videos on MTV as early as 1982. Also, Maiden's stage clothing, costumes and the Eddie alter-ego charater were created mainly to appeal to the 14-22 yr old crowd, clearly with commercial purposes. Let us not forget the action figures and dolls that Iron Maiden marketed from the early 80's (Metallica didn't put out action figures until 2001).

                                        Heck, even by the time their very first record was out, they were already pulling Beatles-like marketing stunts such as being photographed with the prime minister (see photos in the sleeve of "Iron Maiden" -title album-, 1980). They even use female dancers in their stages ... talk about desperate measures to achieve pop appeal.

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                                        • #21
                                          it's a nonsense Iverass.

                                          Why do you compare both bands ?
                                          Iron Maiden is a totally unerground band almost everywhere in the world. If they can sell out stadiums in the world it's not beacause of pop appeal or bullshits like that. It's just because they have always respected their fanbase

                                          In term of airplay, if you are lucky you can listen to one iron maiden song per month in france on radio
                                          On the other hand you can listen entersandman and notheing else matter thousands of times.

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                                          • #22
                                            Originally posted by john2000
                                            it's a nonsense Iverass.

                                            Why do you compare both bands ?
                                            Iron Maiden is a totally unerground band almost everywhere in the world. If they can sell out stadiums in the world it's not beacause of pop appeal or bullshits like that. It's just because they have always respected their fanbase

                                            In term of airplay, if you are lucky you can listen to one iron maiden song per month in france on radio
                                            On the other hand you can listen entersandman and notheing else matter thousands of times.
                                            Are you kidding me? If Iron Maiden is so "underground", how come they had their photo taken with Margaret Tatcher back in 1980 when they were still a relatively new band.

                                            If they're so underground, how come the 1998 re-issue all of all their CDs carry an introduction of the "Pop Charts" success of those CDs? If they were "so underground", they'd didn't care about that.

                                            Iron Maiden has been far more commercial from their beginning than most any other metal band. I mean, come on, they have far more commercial and marketeable products than most other bands (save for Kiss). They've had action figures since the 80's. They've had videos on MTV virtually since MTV began. They have far more different types of dolls, toys, shirts, masks, posters, and general merchandise than Metallica. That's a clear sign of their attempting commercial success, that's not a sign of "undergroundness".

                                            Metallica has always had a much more underground attitude, than Maiden, even to this day. I have yet to see Metallica bring coreography and dancing girls to their stages, or use glam-metal clothing. Metallica focuses more on the music. Maiden depends more on image (Eddie, album cover artwork, costumes, etc.)

                                            And to answer your comment, the difference is that Metallica has had more demand, and that demand is what has driven up their album sales, their merchandise sales, their tickets sales and, above all, their airplay.

                                            Iron Maiden sells less and gets less airplay simply because they can't do any better, but it's certainly not because they dn't tried. They've certainly tried much harder than Metallica. Are you forgetting that Maiden comes out with a compillation or a live album every other year or so? That's a blatant attempt at seizing commercial success (while still failing short of Metallica).

                                            And, finally, like NIBBLET pointed out, they've even tried to get more airplay with ballads and softer tunes such as "Wasting Love", "From Here To Eternity" and "The Fugitive". The only difference is that they've failed at doing so. That doesn't mean that they're "underground".

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                                            • #23
                                              Of course every band in the world wants to have as much success as possible. What's the deal with that ?

                                              The aim of the merchandising is only to make money and please fans.

                                              When I talk about uderground, it's with the media, nothing else. What's the problem with trying to have more airplay ?? They try but they failed almost everywhere. With this new album they will reach probably 2M sales with out help of medias. That's a great achievement.

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                                              • #24
                                                It's worth noting that Metallica have not made anything worth listening to since 1991. Iron Maiden have made several good albums since then. Metallica have had a much, much more commercial approach to music than Maiden. They made the piece of shit album Load which was not even metal while St.Anger was a nu-metal band. They always jump onto the latest trends and for that, they are sell-outs. No excuses. Anyone who can't see that is in denial.

                                                Maiden, on the other hand, have stayed true to their music over the years. Ever hear a Maiden album without guitar solos? Nope. Ever seen Maiden sue their fans for downloading their music? Nope. Have Maiden ever tried to sound current? Nope.

                                                End of discussion.

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                                                • #25
                                                  ifpi site says only 1 million for reload they know nothing about metallica's selling power

                                                  It's Metallica's first studio album since 1997's Reload, which has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide
                                                  http://music.yahoo.com/read/news/12030339
                                                  http://www.metallica.com/index.asp?item=670

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