February 21, 2013 8:00am PT by Keith Caulfield, Billboard
Pearl Jam's 'Ten' Album Hits 10 Million in U.S. Sales
Pearl Jam's landmark debut album Ten becomes the latest addition to the 10 million-sellers club in the U.S.
This week, the 1991 Epic Records release surpassed the 10 million U.S. sales mark according to Nielsen SoundScan, making it the 22nd album to reach the threshold since the company began tracking data in 1991.
In the week ending Feb. 17, the album sold nearly 4,000 copies (up 159% over the previous week). That brings its total sales to about 1,000 over 10 million.
It is the fourth album to hit 10 million U.S. sales since the start of 2012. In that span of time, Ten follows Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory, Usher's Confessions and Adele's blockbuster 21.
21 now stands as the No. 15 best-selling album of the SoundScan era, with 10.4 million records sold. It is currently about 186,000 copies behind Britney Spears' Baby One More Time, which is in 14th place.
It should be a while before another album crosses the 10 million threshold. While we had a quick succession of albums hit 10 million in the last year, the next-closest album is still 400,000 copies away: Celine Dion's Let's Talk About Love (9.6 million). The album is currently selling fewer than 1,000 copies a week.
Since 1991, the highest selling album -- according to SoundScan -- is Metallica's self-titled 1991 release, which has moved 15.86 million records. Shania Twain's Come On Over takes second place with 15.53 million and Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill is in third with 14.82 million.
In fourth is Backstreet Boys' Millennium (12.21 million), followed by the Beatles' 1 (12.16 million), The Bodyguard soundtrack (12.06 million), Santana's Supernatural (11.73 million), Creed's Human Clay (11.64 million) and Bob Marley and the Wailers' Legend (11.26 million) at Nos. 5-9.
Rounding out SoundScan's top 10 selling albums since 1991 is 'N Sync's No Strings Attached, with 11.14 million.