Nearly three decades after it was first released, Metallica’s “Black Album” has resurfaced on the Billboard 200 album chart.
The album, which turns 29 years old today, sold 6,409 units in the past week — just enough for it to re-enter the chart at number 200, according to Billboard. Despite it’s low position, the album still managed to outsell new releases by Ozzy Osbourne, Lamb of God, Tool and Five Finger Death Punch.
“The Black Album” is now the fourth longest-charting album in history, behind Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon,” Bob Marley’s “Legend” and Journey’s “Greatest Hits.”
Is the album just as relevant today as it was 29 years ago? What prompted this sudden surge in sales?