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Metallica Is SoundScan's Third Best-Selling Album Artist

Image courtesy of Metallica.com (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Metallica.com (via ABC News Radio)

It's official:  Metallica  is now the third best-selling album artist of the SoundScan era.

According to  Billboard.biz , Metallica has edged out former third placer  Mariah Carey , by posting sales of 54.26 million units to her 54.24 million.

The SoundScan top-five selling artists are:

1. Garth Brooks -- 69.52 million units
2. The Beatles -- 65.55 million units
3. Metallica -- 54.26 million units
4. Mariah Carey -- 54.24 million units
5. Celine Dion -- 52.21 million units

SoundScan began tracking album sales in March of 1991.

As previously reported, Metallica's self-titled album -- known by almost everyone as  The   Black Album  -- will soon mark 16 million in sales.

To date, the 1991 album has sold approximately 15,971,000 copies.  According to  Billboard , Metallica sells between 2,000 and 3,000 copies of  The Black Album  per week, and should therefore hit the 16 million mark sometime in June or July.

In other Metallica news, the band has just posted the latest of its MetOnTour  video series -- this installment from its Lima, Peru, show on March 20.  "The Four Horsemen" and "Whiplash" are featured in the video, which is streaming on  Metallica.com

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