“Nothing Else Matters” is from the band’s self-titled 1991 album (better known as “The Black Album”), and the song peaked at No. 11 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Airplay chart. The accompanying music video recently reached 1 billion views on YouTube.
“The Black Album” is celebrating its 30th anniversary Thursday (Aug. 12), and on Sept. 10, a star-studded covers album titled The Metallica Blacklist will be released via Blackened Recordings. Miley Cyrus is among the 53 musicians included in the set, which will include her version of “Nothing Else Matters,” also featuring Elton John, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, frequent collaborator Watt and Metallica’s very own bassist Robert Trujillo. Phoebe Bridgers also contributed a cover of “Nothing Else Matters.”
The country singer stated that 100% of proceeds from his version of the song, which will also be featured on The Metallica Blacklist, will benefit Metallica’s nonprofit All Within My Hands Foundation and his and wife Morgane’s own charitable fund Outlaw State of Kind. Proceeds from the new Metallica-inspired Blacklist merch bearing Stapleton’s namesake will also benefit OSOK.
Listen to Stapleton’s cover of “Nothing Else Matters” below.