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Metallica is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California. The band was formed in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield. The band's fast tempos, instrumentals and aggressive musicianship made them one of the founding "big four" bands of thrash metal, alongside Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer. Metallica's current lineup comprises founding members Hetfield and Ulrich, longtime lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo. Guitarist Dave Mustaine (who formed Megadeth) and bassists Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton and Jason Newsted are former members of the band.

Metallica earned a growing fan base in the underground music community and won critical acclaim with its first five albums.[1] The band's third album, Master of Puppets (1986), was described as one of the heaviest and most influential thrash metal albums; its eponymous fifth album, Metallica (1991), the band's first to root predominantly in heavy metal, appealed to a more mainstream audience, achieving substantial commercial success and selling over 16 million copies in the United States to date, making it the best-selling album of the SoundScan era. After experimenting with different genres and directions in subsequent releases, the band returned to its thrash metal roots with the release of its ninth album, Death Magnetic (2008), which drew similar praise to that of the band's earlier albums.

In 2000, Metallica led the case against the peer-to-peer file sharing service Napster, in which the band and several other artists filed lawsuits against the service for sharing their copyright-protected material without consent; after reaching a settlement, Napster became a pay-to-use service in 2003. Metallica was the subject of the acclaimed 2004 documentary film Some Kind of Monster, which documented the troubled production of the band's eighth album, St. Anger (2003), and the internal struggles within the band at the time. In 2009, Metallica was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The band wrote the screenplay for and starred in the 2013 IMAX concert film Metallica: Through the Never, in which the band performed live against a fictional thriller storyline.

Metallica has released ten studio albums, four live albums, a cover album, five extended plays, 37 singles and 39 music videos. The band has won nine Grammy Awards from 23 nominations, and its last six studio albums (beginning with Metallica) have consecutively debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. Metallica ranks as one of the most commercially successful bands of all time, having sold over 125 million records worldwide as of 2018.[2] Metallica has been listed as one of the greatest artists of all time by magazines such as Rolling Stone, which ranked them at no. 61 on its 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list.[3] As of 2017, Metallica is the third best-selling music artist since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991,[4] selling a total of 58 million albums in the United States.[5]



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"Spit Out the Bone" is a song by American heavy metal band Metallica.
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Damage, Inc. is a song by musical group Metallica, released on November 2, 2017.
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The Thing That Should Not Be is a song by musical group Metallica, released on August 29, 2017.
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Disposable Heroes is a song by musical group Metallica, released on August 29, 2017.

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Metallica and rhythmic gymnastics? Kiwi teen gymnast brings unusual combination together during qualifying round
  –  April 11, 2018
Kiwi teen Stella Ebert created an unusual pairing of heavy metal music and rhythmic gymnastics at the Commonwealth Games during her gymnastics qualification, completing her ball routine with Metallica as her backing track. Ebert, 15, is the youngest of New ...
Metallica tour dates confirmed, including 2 Upstate NY concerts
  –  February 26, 2018
Metallica's tour dates had been rumored for several days and all but confirmed Sunday when venues, including in Buffalo and Albany, began teasing Monday's announcement. The hard rock group, led by singer-guitarist James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich ...
Metallica returns to Pittsburgh
  –  February 26, 2018
PITTSBURGH — Hard rock legends Metallica will perform Oct. 18 at PPG Paints Arena. Tickets go on sale Friday to the general public for $71.50 to $138. A series of pre-sales start at 11 a.m. Tuesday for Citi card members and 10 a.m. Wednesday via Spotify.
Metallica announces Canada, U.S. dates of WorldWired Tour
  –  February 26, 2018
Hard-rock band Metallica announced the North American dates for its WorldWired Tour on Monday. So far, there are only two Canadian dates on the North American leg of the tour. In support of the band’s latest LP Hardwired… to Self-Destruct, Metallica ...
Afghan institute that empowers girls and pioneers of hard rock, Metallica win music’s ‘Nobel Prize’
  –  February 14, 2018
STOCKHOLM: An Afghan music institute that has empowered girls in the war-torn country and metal pioneers Metallica on Wednesday shared the Polar Music Prize, often called music’s Nobel. The laureates will each receive one million Swedish kronor (101,000 ...


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