Thrash legends Metallica were recently included on a list of the top-selling artists of the SoundScan era (referring to the method by which record stores calculate album sales). Coming in at No. 5, just after Celine Dion, the group has sold 48,867,000 albums to date, since the scanning service was launched in May 1991. It’s estimated the band will hit 50 million sales by summer 2009. Their self-titled (“Black”) album is the No. 2 best-selling album of the SoundScan era and has sold over 15 million copies; it’s also close to overtaking the No. 1 album, Shania Twain’s Come On Over, next year. The most-successful artist of this period, all together, is country singer Garth Brooks.

In other Metallica news, the group set a record in Bulgaria as the highest-paid musicians in that country’s history. The group will receive a $1.6 million fee for its July 25 performance at the 44,000-capacity Vasil Levski Stadium in Sofia, the nation’s capital. In contrast, Kiss’s concert at the city’s 18,000-capacity Akademik Stadium earned them only $650,000.



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