Metallica
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Release date: August 1991

Metallica (also known as The Black Album) is the eponymously-titled fifth studio album by the American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released on August 12, 1991 through Elektra Records. The album features five hit singles that are considered today among the band's best-known songs: "Enter Sandman", "The Unforgiven", "Nothing Else Matters", "Wherever I May Roam", and "Sad but True". In 2003, the album was ranked number 252 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The album marked a change in the band's sound to one less harsh than the thrash metal style of their previous four albums.

The album debuted at number one in ten countries, and spent four consecutive weeks at the top on the Billboard 200, being the first Metallica's album to top the album charts. It is also the group's best-selling album, with sales of more than 30 million copies worldwide.

The album has been certified 15× platinum in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which makes it the 25th best-selling album in the country. The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) certified the album 11× platinum. It was also given a Diamond certificate from the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA).

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