Monday, April 25, 2011

Metallica: Big 4 go double-platinum


The first-ever Big 4 show on U.S. soil was enough of a reason for a celebration, as Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax rocked the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California on Saturday.

But there was added great news for the bands, as they were presented with double-platinum plaques for the two-disc DVD release of "The Big Four: Live From Sofia, Bulgaria," containing footage of the June 22, 2010 Sonisphere cinecast from the Sofia, Bulgaria stop of the touring rock festival featuring all four groups.

"The Big Four: Live From Sofia, Bulgaria" was certified double platinum on December 17, 2010 by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments in excess of 100,000 copies. (Note: Due to the fact that the set consists of two discs, it was eligible for platinum certification after shipping 50,000 copies; platinum certification for a single-disc release is 100,000 copies.)

According to Nielsen SoundScan, the DVD has sold 110,000 copies in the U.S. since its early November release.

"The Big Four: Live From Sofia, Bulgaria" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard "Top Music Videos" sales chart in November with first-week sales of 22,000 copies. The set also debuted at No. 1 in Canada, the U.K. and Austria, while entering at No. 4 in Germany.

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