Pearl Jam's 1991 debut album, Ten, has now officially sold 10 million copies, according to Billboard, which tracks record sales via Nielsen SoundScan. Although the set received its "diamond" status a while back for shipping 10 million copies to stores, the band passed the actual sales figure this week as the disc moved another 4,000 copies. This makes Ten the 22nd release to sell that many copies since Nielsen began tracking sales data in 1991.
Ten was a huge success for the Seattle-based band right out of the box, and bassist Jeff Ament told us how that initial stardom affected them: "I think as hard as it was in terms of our lifestyles and just our everyday life, selling records actually allowed us to kind of make our art kind of how we wanted to make it. There were a lot of benefits that came out of getting as big as we did early on. We were stoked to play in front of a couple of hundred people at the local bar, you know, and so to go from that to a couple of years later, Rolling Stones are asking us to open for them and Neil Young's asking us to be his band and all that kind of stuff...it was a trip."
- Ten featured the classic tracks "Even Flow," "Alive," "Black" and "Jeremy."
- Other albums that hit the 10 million mark in the past year include Linkin Park's 2000 debut, Hybrid Theory, and Adele's recent blockbuster, 21.
- Metallica's self-titled "black album," also issued in 1991, is currently the sales champ for the SoundScan era, with nearly 16 million copies sold.
- Pearl Jam is currently working on a new album and had booked a handful of dates this summer, including a show at Chicago's Wrigley Field.
SIDE NOTES: The Top 10 albums that have sold more than 10 million copies since 1991 are:
1. Metallica, Metallica (1991), 15.9 million
2. Shania Twain, Come On Over (1997), 15.5 million
3. Alanis Morissette, Jagged Little Pill (1995)
, 14.8 million
4. Backstreet Boys, Millennium (1999)
, 12.2 million
5. The Beatles, 1 (2000)
, 12.2 million
6. Whitney Houston, The Bodyguard (1992)
, 12.1 million
7. Santana, Supernatural (1999)
, 11.7 million
8. Creed, Human Clay (1999)
, 11.6 million
9. Bob Marley & the Wailers, Legend (1984), 11.3 million
10. *NSYNC, No Strings Attached (2000)
, 11.1 million
CHECK IT OUT: Watch the music video for "Even Flow":
Jeff Ament On Pearl Jam's Initial Success
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