Metallica is a well-known heavy metal band. The band comprises of James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, and Robert Trujillo. It was formed in 1981 and has released many albums. The band has won numerous awards and is one of the most commercially successful bands in the world. It is the third best-selling band by selling more than 58 million copies in the United States. In 2009, the band was inducted into the ‘Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.’
History & Wiki
In 1981, Metallica was formed by Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield in Los Angeles, California. It was soon joined by Dave Mustaine and Cliff Burton. They recorded their first song entitled “Hit the Lights” in 1982. They released their debut album called ‘Kill ‘Em All’ in 1983. It was a major commercial success and became a multi-platinum certified album.
The album ‘Ride the Lightning’ was released in 1984; this, too, became a commercially successful album and went on to sell over 4.3 million records. In 1986, the band released the album ‘Master of Puppets,’ and it sold over 4.5 million copies. In September of the same month, their bass guitarist Cliff Burton died in an accident. The band was then joined by Jason Newsted. This was also the last album with Dave Mustaine.
In 1988, the album ‘…And Justice for All’ was released. This also sold more than 5.3 million copies, and it was followed by their No. 1 album ‘Metallica’ in 1991. The album sold over 16 million copies in the United States alone.
The band released the album ‘Load’ in 1996. This became another No. 1 album for the band. This was followed by ‘Reload’ in 1997. In 2001, Jason Newsted left the band. It was joined by Robert Trujillo in 2003. In the same year, they released the album ‘St. Anger’.
Metallica released the album ‘Death Magnetic’ in 2008 by Warner Bros label. Their last studio album entitled ‘Hardwired… to Self-Destruct’ was released in 2016. Metallica has also released four live albums, 3 EPs, ten video albums, one soundtrack album, and one collaboration album.
They have released 39 singles. Some of their popular singles include “Until It Sleeps,” “Hero of the Day,” “Turn the Page,” “Whiskey in the Jar,” “The Memory Remains,” “No Leaf Clover,” “I Disappear,” “My Apocalypse,” and “Lords of Summer.”
Awards & Achievements
Metallica has won 8 Grammy Awards from 17 nominations. They are the winners of two American Music Awards out from six nominations. They have also won 5 Kerrang! Awards, 4 MTV Video Music Awards, 2 My VH1 Music Awards, 2 Rock on Request Awards, and 4 Billboard Music Awards. Other awards won by the band include Echo Music Prize, iHeartRadio Music Awards, Independent Spirit Awards, and NME Awards.
Net Worth of Metallica
As of December 2023, Metallica has an estimated net worth of more than $1 billion ($1075 Million). This fortune is the combined net worth of Ulrich’s $400 million, Hetfield’s $400 million, Hammett’s $250 million, and $25 million for Trujillo. They have sold more than 100 million albums across the world.
Metallica is considered one of the most popular rock bands in the world. They have released many No. 1 albums and singles in over three decades. As one of the most successful bands of all time, Metallica has appeared on the list of greatest artists of all time in various magazines, including Rolling Stone. They have also released the film ‘Metallica: Through the Never’ in 2013. They have many fans across the world and have been liked by people of all ages.