Edna Gundersen, USA TODAY
Pearl Jam's Ten joins one of music's most elite clubs this week, becoming the 22nd album to sell 10 million copies since SoundScan began tabulating data in 1991.
The 1991 release sold almost 4,000 copies in the tracking week that ended Feb. 17, crossing the 10-million mark by roughly 1,000 copies.
"I'm happily shocked to hear that. Wow," Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready told Billboard after hearing the news. "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."
Ten becomes the fourth album to reach so-called diamond status since the start of 2012, following Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory, Usher's Confessions and Adele's 21, according to Billboard.
Metallica's self-titled 1991 release remains the top-selling album of the SoundScan era, with sales of 15.87 million copies. Shania Twain's Come On Over is second with 15.53 million, followed by Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill with 14.82 million, the Backstreet Boys' Millennium with 12.21 million and The Beatles' 1 with 12.16 million.
Who's likely to be the 23rd entrant into the diamond circle? Celine Dion's Let's Talk About Love, with 9.6 million copies sold to date, is closest to the magic number, according to Keith Caulfield, Billboard's associate director of charts/retail. She could be in for a wait. The album is selling fewer than 1,000 copies a week.