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).”
Drummer Lars Ulrich told us that doing things like the orchestral shows and prepping archival projects keeps Metallica energized and engaged when they're not recording new music: “We certainly never want to turn into a nostalgia band, but at the same time, you've got to keep yourself, I guess, creatively alive and that's what we do by playing these gigs and doing all these other projects and doing movies and festivals. I mean, it's just, all that stuff's a lot of fun, but it takes a lot of time, y'know?”