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September 23, 2008

Top Magnetic

METALLICA's 'Death Magnetic' Sells More Than 300K In First Full Week Of Release

  • According to Hits Daily Double (the companion web site of music industry tip sheet HITS), METALLICA's "Death Magnetic" has sold 329,000 copies in the United States in its first full week of release to hold on to the top spot on next week's The Billboard 200 chart. The album has outpaced hit songwriter/performer NE-YO, whose "Year of the Gentleman" bows at No. 2 with around 251,000 units.

  • METALLICA's No. 1 debut on the Billboard album chart with "Death Magnetic", made history. The No. 1 arrival made METALLICA the only band to have five albums debut in the top spot, breaking a tie at four albums held by THE BEATLES, U2 and the DAVE MATTHEWS BAND. "Death Magnetic" is also METALLICA's fifth consecutive studio effort to enter at No. 1, following 1991's self-titled "black album," 1996's "Load", '97's "Reload" and 2003's "St. Anger". The album sold 490,000 copies in just four days of release, arriving in stores on September 12 instead of the usual Tuesday.

  • "Death Magnetic" also debuted at No. 1 in countries all over the world, including Argentina, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, the U.K., Holland, Italy, Norway, Poland and Sweden.