Metallica Still Hold Record

(Gibson) At the close of 2010, Metallica's Metallica (the "Black Album") remains the biggest selling album of the SoundScan era. The Metallica disc has sold 15,620,000 units since SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991.

The album boasted sales of 120,000 last year. Shania Twain's Come on Over ranks second in sales during the era, with Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill holding the third spot.

Nielsen's SoundScan further reports that U.S. album sales, in total, decreased by 12.7 percent in 2010, a slump that matches the drop in sales that occurred in 2009. Americans purchased 326,200,000 albums in 2010. more on this story

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