Metallica top charts again with ‘The Black Album’ 30 years later

The album has spent an astonishing 625 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart
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30 years after it was released, The Black Album has topped the charts once again. 

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Metallica is celebrating the 30th anniversary of their landmark album with the ambitious 53-song Blacklist album. Featuring interpretations of the Black Album from a diverse group of artists, it shows the vast stretch of Metallica’s influence.

Now, fans have gotten in on their love of The Black Album too as Metallica’s 1991 record has shot all the way up to the number nine spot on the Billboard 200 chart.

According to Billboard, the album last appeared in the top 10 on the August 22, 1992 chart when it was in the tenth position. The record gave Metallica their first ever number one on the chart as it debuted on the top spot back on August 31, 1991.

The album spent four consecutive weeks at number one and has spent a total of 625 weeks on the chart since its release. Billboard says The Black Album has spent the fourth-most weeks on the Billboard 200 chart since the list began publishing on a regular, weekly basis in 1956. It is also the most weeks on the list for any album since May, 1991.

As beloved as The Black Album is, not everyone is a fan of it. During a recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Metallica read 1-star reviews of the album and it’s exactly as hilarious as you would imagine.

If you’re in the mood to dig deeper into Metallica’s catalog, Audacy has several Exclusive Stations you need to check out. Listen to Metallica Radio for all the band’s hits, deep cuts, and similar artists, and check out Cover Me, a station dedicated to the artists that have covered Metallica.

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