When Metallica ruled Soundscan

Back in the day when an album was gold (500,000 copies), or platinum (1,000,000 copies), it often meant albums shipped to stores, which could have promptly been shipped right back. 

Metallica's Black Album turns 20

It's the old cliché about how something a long time ago feels like it was just yesterday, but I can absolutely remember Metallica's Black album coming out like it was yesterday.