METALLICA is one of the top-selling artists since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking album sales in May 1991
, with cumulative U.S. sales of more than 52 million copies. The band's 1991 self-titled fifth album, commonly known as "the black album," also surpassed SHANIA TWAIN's 1997 record, "Come On Over", as the best-selling CD of the SoundScan era. Just before Christmas, the black album hit total sales of 15,490,000 copies, eclipsing "Come On Over"'s total of 15,487,000. The Nielsen SoundScan system began compiling sales electronically more than 18 years ago on a weekly basis, providing more accurate sales figures that form the basis for the Billboard music charts
Although METALLICA had scored their first radio and video airplay with their previous effort, 1988's "...And Justice For All", the black album was the band's biggest commercial breakthrough, producing five singles and making them into one of the most popular rock bands in the world.( Collapse )Source
The noise in the concert hall is loud, throbbing. The crowd chants, "Metallica ... Metallica!"
Lars Ulrich holds a drumstick high above his head. For a split second, the frenzy quiets to a dull roar. Ulrich brings his drumstick down with a crash and is swallowed by astonishing noise -- wailing guitars, thumping bass and his own furious banging on the drums.
"I've been playing loud rock music for the better part of 35 years," said Ulrich, 46, drummer for the heavy metal band Metallica. "I never used to play with any kind of protection."
Early in his career, without protection for his ears, the loud noise began to follow Ulrich off-stage.
"It's this constant ringing in the ears
," Ulrich said. "It never sort of goes away. It never just stops."
Except the ringing is not spurred by actual sound. It is a condition called tinnitus, a perception of sound where there is none
. It sucks balls.( Collapse )SourceDoes ONTD set volume limits on their respective MP3 players?