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Postby whyme » Sun Sep 04, 2005 10:30 pm

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!
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Postby whyme » Sun Sep 04, 2005 10:36 pm

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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Postby whyme » Mon Sep 05, 2005 6:51 am

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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Postby nibblet » Sat Sep 10, 2005 3:38 pm

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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Postby nelson » Sat Sep 10, 2005 4:10 pm

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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Postby joao » Sat Sep 10, 2005 4:19 pm

nibblet wrote: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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Postby john2000 » Sat Sep 10, 2005 4:54 pm

nelson wrote: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 ?? :lol: this thread is for him :wink:
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Postby nibblet » Sat Sep 10, 2005 7:51 pm

joao wrote:
nibblet wrote: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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Postby manowar555 » Sun Sep 18, 2005 5:23 am

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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Postby manowar555 » Mon Dec 19, 2005 6:49 pm

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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Postby Basil » Mon Dec 19, 2005 8:20 pm

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.






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Postby Dane » Tue Dec 20, 2005 7:38 am

^^ 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.
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Postby Dane » Wed Apr 05, 2006 4:22 pm

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
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Postby thebigham » Wed Apr 05, 2006 4:39 pm

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

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whyme wrote: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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Postby thebigham » Wed Apr 05, 2006 4:40 pm

I see now. Two albums are double albums.

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Postby manowar555 » Thu Aug 03, 2006 2:38 am

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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Postby Fever » Thu Aug 03, 2006 3:17 am

whyme wrote: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 :wink:
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Postby Dane » Thu Aug 03, 2006 5:38 pm

manowar555 wrote: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!
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Postby AutomaticBR » Fri Aug 04, 2006 12:55 am

manowar555 wrote: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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Postby lverass » Wed Aug 30, 2006 6:48 am

joao wrote:
nibblet wrote: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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Postby john2000 » Wed Aug 30, 2006 8:32 am

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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Postby lverass » Wed Aug 30, 2006 9:24 am

john2000 wrote: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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Postby john2000 » Wed Aug 30, 2006 10:45 am

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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Postby Priestfan » Wed Aug 30, 2006 12:43 pm

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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Postby manowar555 » Sun Sep 03, 2006 1:28 pm

ifpi site says only 1 million for reload :lol: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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