METALLICA's 'Nothing Else Matters' surpasses one billion streams on SPOTIFY
METALLICA‘s classic power ballad “Nothing Else Matters” has surpassed one billion streams on Spotify.
Yestrerday, Spotify tweeted: “Welcome to the club, @Metallica Nothing Else Matters has joined the #billionsclub https://spotify.link/billionsclub”.
Billions Club is a playlist first launched in 2020 which includes all of the songs on Spotify that have hit the major milestone. After the achievement, Spotify gifts artists the Billions Club plaque.
METALLICA joins other artists — including SURVIVOR‘s “Eye Of The Tiger”, ABBA‘s “Dancing Queen” and Whitney Houston‘s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” — to reach the achievement. The milestone has reportedly been achieved by nearly 500 tracks so far.
“Nothing Else Matters” originally appeared on METALLICA‘s 1991 self-titled album — also known as “The Black Album” — which was re-released in September 2021 as a remastered deluxe box set via the band’s own Blackened Recordings. The song reached position No. 11 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart as well as top-ten positions on many European charts.
“Nothing Else Matters” was featured as a playable track in the music video game “Guitar Hero: Metallica” and has been covered over 40 times by a host of different artists, including Lucy Silvas, STAIND, Shakira, Bif Naked, Macy Gray, DIE KRUPPS, REV THEORY and APOCALYPTICA.
The Black Album is one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed records of all time. Its 1991 release not only gave METALLICA its first No. 1 album in no fewer than 10 countries, including a four-week run at No. 1 in the U.S., its unrelenting series of singles — “Enter Sandman”, “The Unforgiven”, “Nothing Else Matters”, “Wherever I May Roam” and “Sad But True” — fueled the band’s rise to stadium headlining, radio and MTV dominating household name status. The Black Album remains unchallenged as the best-selling album in the history of Nielsen SoundScan, outselling every release in every genre over the past 30 years.
A totally new and different version of “Nothing Else Matters” appeared twice in Disney‘s 2021 movie “Jungle Cruise”.
Back in August 2021, METALLICA music video for “Nothing Else Matters” surpassed one billion views on YouTube. It was the first METALLICA track to reach the milestone.
METALLICA‘s new album “72 Seasons” sold 146,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in its first week of release to land at position No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart. It marks the band’s 12th Top 10-charting album, of which eight have reached the top two.
“72 Seasons” had the biggest week for any rock or hard rock album since TOOL‘s “Fear Inoculum” arrived in September 2019 with 270,000 equivalent album units.
“72 Seasons” was released on April 14 via METALLICA‘s own Blackened Recordings. Produced by Greg Fidelman with guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich, it is METALLICA‘s first full-length collection of new material since “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct”.
In the seven years since the arrival of “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct”, METALLICA has reissued some of its classic albums, released a second live album with the San Francisco Symphony, commissioned a covers album featuring the likes of GHOST, VOLBEAT, WEEZER, Corey Taylor and THE HU, and landed on the Billboard songs chart with “Master Of Puppets” after a prominent placement in the hit Netflix show “Stranger Things”.
METALLICA‘s “M72” world tour launched in late April in Amsterdam. The trek sees the band playing two nights in every city it visits — with each “No Repeat Weekend” featuring two completely different setlists and support lineups. The “M72” tour features a bold new in-the-round stage design that relocates the famed METALLICA Snake Pit to center stage, as well as the “I Disappear” full-tour pass and the debut of discounted tickets for fans under 16 years of age.
Opening acts include Floor Jansen, EPICA, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, ICE NINE KILLS, MAMMOTH WVH, PANTERA, ARCHITECTS, GRETA VAN FLEET and VOLBEAT.
METALLICA promises fans who purchase a two-day ticket that they won’t see the same song twice for a total of over 30 songs spanning the band’s 40-plus-year career.