Pearl Jam's 1991 album 'Ten' moves past 10 million sales mark

Posted By KATE STANTON,  |  Feb. 21, 2013 at 4:16 PM
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It took 22 years, but Pearl Jam's debut, "Ten," just joined a small group of albums to surpass the 10-million mark, Billboard reported Wednesday.

Released in 1991, "Ten" featured hit singles, like "Alive" and "Even Flow," that catapulted the Seattle-based grunge band to international stardom.

"I'm happily shocked to hear that. Wow," Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready told Billboard of the achievement. "We had no idea that it was going to ever do that well. I just felt like it was a really cool record and that I was in a good band."

Pearl Jam came out of the same early 1990s Seattle grunge scene that produced Nirvana and Soundgarden, though music critics (and Kurt Cobain himself) occasionally accused the band of selling out.

Metallica's 1991 self-titled album is the best-selling album since Neilsen SoundScan began tracking sales data 22 years ago. Shania Twain's "Come On Over" and Alanis Morrisette's "Jagged Little Pill" come in second and third respectively.

Pearl Jam is reportedly back at work on their tenth album, though there's no release date yet.

"I don’t think there’s any doubt we’re going to make a record, but when that’s going to be, and when everybody is ready to do it, well that’s another story," bassist Jeff Ament told Guerilla Candy. "And there’s no pressure. So if at any point the guys called up and said “Hey, we’re ready to do this,” I’d have no problem dropping everything because that’s my first love."

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