Metallica is an American heavy metal band formed in Los Angeles, California, 1981. The band's fast tempos, instrumentals, and aggressive musicianship placed them as one of the founding "big four" bands of thrash metal, alongside Anthrax, Megadeth, and Slayer. Metallica has released ten studio albums, four live albums, five extended plays, 26 music videos, and 37 singles. The band has won eight Grammy Awards and six of its albums have consecutively debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. In 2012, Metallica formed the independent record label Blackened Recordings and took full ownership of its albums and videos.