Album sales of the most famous metal bands in America?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Mountain Cowboy, Sep 24, 2017.

  1. zphage

    zphage Beatard

    Bucks County, PA
    2.5 million units US, with some other sales for an EP and video.
  2. Curveboy

    Curveboy Forum Resident

    New York City
    More metal than Metallica.
  3. zphage

    zphage Beatard

    Bucks County, PA

    But metal is rock, doesn't exist outside it, and the foundation bands for the genre exist within it . Always found it funny when tinny sounding thrash bands are held up as heavy, when your average Killing Joke, Motorhead or even Swans album is heavier.
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  4. Brett44

    Brett44 Forum Resident

    North Carolina
    Always fun when a thread devolves into what is metal and what isn't metal :rolleyes:

    "so and so is so much more METAL than so and so" :biglaugh:
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  5. Mountain Cowboy

    Mountain Cowboy Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Maiden's Number of the Beast is considered the biggest Maiden classic and according to RIAA it is certified only one Platinum in the USA, but a certification date is October 2, 1986(3 decades ago). I personally believe that NOTB has sold more than two million copies in the USA to this day.

    And RIAA says that Priest's Sad Wings of Destiny isn't certified at all in the States till now. I just can't believe it. I doubt whether these RIAA data about album sales are accurate if albums by particular music artists aren't re-certified in the last couple of years.
  6. ponkine

    ponkine Forum Resident

    Scorpions, according to wikipedia

    Lovedrive - Gold
    Animal Magnetism - Platinum
    Blackout - Platinum
    Love at First Sting - 3 Platinum
    World Wide Live - Platinum
    Savage Amusement - Platinum
    Best of Rockers n' Ballads - Platinum
    Crazy World - 2 Platinum
  7. Castle in the air

    Castle in the air Forum Resident

    new york
    Do people realize how silly it looks when there are dozens of genres created and no one agrees which act belongs to what one?
    I am glad I like a given song by how it sounds to me.
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  8. eric777

    eric777 Rock Star

    How does a thread about popularity and album sales turn into an argument about who is and is not metal? Does it really matter?
  9. bartels76

    bartels76 Forum Hall Of Fame

    Whitesnake (Hard Rock, metal..whatever)
    20th Century Masters- Gold
    Greatest Hits- Platinum
    Slip Of The Tongue- Platinum
    Whitesnake- 8 x Platinum
    Slide It In- 2 x Platinum
    12.5 million
  10. Zeki

    Zeki Forum Resident

    That's not up to RIAA. They'll do the certifying if the label asks/pays for it. (And I don't think it's expensive.)
  11. sons of nothing

    sons of nothing Forum Resident

    Motorhead don't belong on this list. They played Rock N Roll. Lemmy said it before so many of their shows., most of which were well attended.
    Lemmy just about died on stage, passing away a few weeks after the last show. He knew he was going down to die, and went out his way.
  12. dmiller458

    dmiller458 Forum Resident

    Midland, Michigan
  13. dmiller458

    dmiller458 Forum Resident

    Midland, Michigan
    Pure numbers always require a second look. A band can have say one 5xplatinum album and then have their careers tank while another band can have 5 individual albums each go platinum.

    Which album is more popular, one that goes diamond in two or three years or one that does the same in 10? In the end, they both have 10,000,000 in certified sales.
  14. YMC4

    YMC4 Forum Resident

    SF Valley, CA.
    when did this obsession of Metal or Not Metal started ?
    it wasn't there when i was growing up in the 80's...back then, whoever was in Circus or Hit Parader magazine (or played in KNAC) were all considered metal and that's pretty much everyone that got rejected in this thread.
  15. dmiller458

    dmiller458 Forum Resident

    Midland, Michigan
    Rather than focusing on who is or isn't; maybe we can concentrate on the theme of the thread.
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  16. Holy Diver

    Holy Diver Forum Resident

  17. dmiller458

    dmiller458 Forum Resident

    Midland, Michigan
    Ozzy is a legend and the normal rules don't apply to legends.
  18. The Hud

    The Hud Not As Dumb As I Look

    The I'm The Man EP went platinum as well.

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