Metallica's 'Black Album' Hits Historic 500th Week on Billboard 200 Chart
On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Sept. 22), Paul McCartney’s Egypt Station debuted at No. 1, securing the icon his first bow atop the list, and his first No. 1 since 1982. It earned 153,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Sept. 13, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 147,000 were in traditional album sales.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the week’s most popular albums based on their overall consumption. That overall unit figure combines pure album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).
Now, let’s take a closer look at some of the action on the rest of the Billboard 200:
— Metallica, Metallica – No. 137 — Metallica’s self-titled 1991 album (often referred to as The Black Album, due to its stark, black album cover) scores its 500th nonconsecutive week on the Billboard 200 chart. It is now one of only four albums with 500 weeks or more on the tally.
Among all albums -- since the chart began publishing on a regular weekly basis in 1956 -- Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon holds the record for the most weeks on the chart: 937. It’s followed by Bob Marley and The Wailers’ Legend: The Best of Bob Marley and The Wailers (539), Journey’s Greatest Hits (539) and Metallica’s Metallica (500).
Metallica’s self-titled album marked the rock band’s first No. 1 on the Billboard 200, when it debuted atop the list dated Aug. 31, 1991. The set spent four weeks on top, and marked the first of so far six chart-toppers for the group.
The album continues to hold the record as the biggest selling album in Nielsen Music history, with 16.83 million copies sold in the U.S. (since Nielsen began tracking data in 1991).
— Lenny Kravitz, Raise Vibration – No. 43 — The rocker is back on the chart for the first time since 2014, as his latest album, Raise Vibration, bows at No. 43 (13,000 units; 12,000 in traditional album sales). The set also arrives at No. 5 on the Top Rock Albums chart. The album’s single “Low” concurrently rises 37-25 on the Dance Club Songs chart.
— Hozier, Nina Cried Power (EP) – No. 60 — The singer-songwriter, who reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200 in 2014 with his self-titled album, debuts on the tally with his new effort, Nina Cried Power. The four-song EP enters with 11,000 units, of which 6,000 were in traditional album sales.
— Paul Simon, In the Blue Light – No. 70 — The legend collects his 24 th entry on the list, as In the Blue Light debuts at No. 70 (10,000 units; 9,000 in traditional album sales). The seemingly so-so chart debut could be explained by how the album consists of re-recordings of lesser-known tunes from Simon’s catalog. The earliest redux is of a song from 1973’s There Goes Rhymin’ Simon – “One Man’s Ceiling Is Another Man’s Floor.” Simon’s last studio album, before In the Blue Light, was Stranger to Stranger, which debuted and peaked at No. 3 in 2016.
— Led Zeppelin, The Song Remains the Same (Soundtrack) – No. 127 — The rock band’s album reissue series continues with The Song Remains the Same, originally released in 1976. The live set — which also doubles as a soundtrack to the concert film of the same name — was reissued in various deluxe formats, and its remaster was supervised by the band’s Jimmy Page. (For charting purposes, all versions of the album – original and reissues – are blended together.)