Ongoing History Daily: Was this the biggest album release day of all time?

Today, the 24th of September is an important 30th anniversary for album releases. On this one day in 1991, three massively important albums came out at the same time.

Soundgarden’s third album, Badmotorfinger, was released which ended up being their big breakthrough and was eventually nominated for a Grammy for Best Performance.

Also on September 24, 1991, the Red Hot Chili Peppers released Blood Sugar Sex Magick, which went on to become a serious part of the alt-rock explosion of the 90s, selling more than 10 million copies worldwide.

But the biggest release on that day was Nirvana’s Nevermind. Just over 45,000 records were shipped to stores. Within weeks, it was selling 300,000 copies a week.

Has there ever been a bigger album release day than September 24, 1991? I’m guessing no.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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