Album sales of the most famous metal bands in America?

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  1. Jeff Kent

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    I'd say Metallica broke out of the traditional metal audience with the Black Album while the others were only popular within the metal crowd.
     
  2. cgw

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    Absolutely correct.
    Signed, The Ramones are not punk
     
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  3. cgw

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    Megadeth just played a small arena here (which still agrees with your point)
     
  4. Jeff Kent

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    I know it's a big country and some artists are more popular in other areas, but I'm in NYC and Maiden just played two sold out shows at the Barclays Center at the end of July in addition to shows in Newark and Philly in early June. Sometimes ticket sales don't equate to album sales. Though it should be noted that Maiden's last tour was a New Stuff tour and not a Nostalgia jaunt.
     
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  5. RK2249

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    Actually they've had 5 platinum albums with only one selling more than 1 million (Countdown To Extinction at 2 million)
     
  6. Mountain Cowboy

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    Motley Crue are a glam metal band. Glam metal is hard rock, not heavy metal.
     
  7. mbrownp1

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    I don't believe any of the OP numbers.
     
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  8. Timeaisis

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    I feel like Iron Maiden is more popular, but British Heavy Metal really didn't take off quite as hugely here than it did over the pond...so maybe that's actually right. But I didn't think it was *that* different.
     
  9. Synthfreek

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    35 isn't out of the realm of possibility since some or many of those sales could be 1.9 million, 4.8 million, etc. yet still counting as 1X and 4X.
     
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  10. impalaboy

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    Queensrÿche should be on that list.
    According to Wiki: Queensrÿche has sold over 20 million albums worldwide, including over 6 million albums in the United States.
     
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  11. Thoughtships

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    That's the funniest thing I've read all week. Thanks.

    Sabbath not metal? Yes. And I'm the Pope of Siam. And an alien.
     
  12. Little surprised that Priest sold more than Maiden, but in my books, thats holds true as I only love Maidens 1st 2 albums with D'Ianno on vocals.

    Can't believe Motörhead's "Ace Of Spades" never went gold... :sigh:
     
  13. Meyer

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    Those numbers all look rather tame to me. Pretty sure Maiden have sold 10x that amount just in t-shirts.
     
  14. Fusionfan

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    The numbers sound off to me. Also I'd include some other bands on that list who are in related genres just for comparison.

    Maiden are probably the biggest real metal band so to speak after Metallica.

    Maiden consistently sell out 20,000 seaters on their own.

    What might be more interesting would be who are the biggest metal bands to emerge post 1990 and what do their numbers look like...

    For me in terms of quality and worldwide presence, Opeth is the standard bearer of metal after the classics though I'm sure there are bigger metal related acts.

    Any ideas?
     
  15. Curveboy

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  16. Fusionfan

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    Not really a metal band but could be included for comparison.
     
  17. Curveboy

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    More metal than most!
     
  18. Fusionfan

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    No, not even close. More metal than most metal?

    Iron Maiden, Metallica, Priest, Megadeth etc?
     
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  19. Lands End Drums

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    Guns N' Roses - 45 million albums sold in the US...

    Unless by the extremely narrow definition of what constitutes metal they're a "hard rock" band or whatever.
     
  20. Curveboy

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    I think without KISS Metallica, Megadeth and Maiden wouldn't exist.
     
  21. artfromtex

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    From RIAA:
    MOTLEY CRUE
    Cert. Units (In Millions): 25
    Gold Units: 12
    Platinum Units: 8
    Multi Platinum Units: 5
    Diamond Units: 0
    Format: Standard
     
  22. Fusionfan

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    Kiss had little impact on those bands from what I can tell. You must be thinking of Deep Purple, Sabbath and Priest.

    You know...the bands they always mention.

    Hell, Bruce Dickinson mentions Van der Graaf Generator a lot more than Kiss (hint: he never does) but that doesn't make Van der Graaf metal.

    Either way, Kiss is hard rock at best.
     
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  23. Mountain Cowboy

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    Yep, I forgot to add them on the list.
     
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  24. yarbles

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    NOT Metal.



    Anyway, where is Bon Jovi? Def Leppard? They've sold a ton.
     
  25. Mountain Cowboy

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    None of Iron Maiden albums since Bruce's comeback went Gold in the US.
     

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