It was a close fight for the top spot on Billboard charts, but Metallica came on top.
Earning its sixth number one album on the Billboard 200 chart, Metallica rose to the top with the debut of their new album Hardwired…To Self-Destruct. The band earned 291,000 album units — with 282,000 of them as traditional album sales and the rest were earned through streaming.
Hardwired was also the third biggest debut of the year behind Drake’s Views and Beyonce’s Lemonade. It was also the biggest week for a rock album in more than two years, only shadowed by Coldplay’s Ghost Stories in 2014.
This is also Metallica’s first album in almost eight years. Their last album, Death Magnetic, also went to number 1 in 2008 with 490,000 copies sold in its first week.
Hardwired‘s lead title track is also at number 1 on the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart and is number 9 on the Hot Rock Songs chart. The album is also at number 1 on the Independent Albums Chart.
Also fighting for the top spot as Bruno Mars, who had an album debut this week with 24K Magic. It went to number 2 with 231,000 units, only 60,000 short from Metallica. With this, however, all three of his albums, including Unorthodox Jukebox and Doo-Wops & Hooligans, have reached the top three on the charts. With both Metallica and Bruno Mars going past the 200,000 mark, this is the first time in over a year that two artist debut albums sold more than 200,000 units since Justin Bieber’s Purpose and One Direction’s Made in the A.M.
Miranda Lambert debuted her new double album, The Weight of These Wings, at number 3, making it the highest charting female country album in over a year with 133,000 units. It’s her fifth consecutive top 10 album. It is also the first time in almost a year that three albums debuted at more than 100,000 units.