LOU REED And METALLICA: First 'Lulu' Chart Positions Revealed

METALLICA's collaborative album with Lou Reed, titled "Lulu", has registered the following first-week positions so far:

Australia: #33
Belgium: #30
Finland: #20
Ireland: #36
Netherlands: #17
Norway: #11
Sweden: #9
U.K.: #36

"Lulu" is likely to sell between 12,000 and 15,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to industry web site Hits Daily Double. The estimate was based on one-day sales reports compiled after the record arrived in stores on November 1 via Warner Bros. Records (one day earlier in the rest of the world through Universal Music). By contrast, METALLICA's last studio effort, 2008's "Death Magnetic", sold 490,000 copies in just a three-day sales window after it came out on a Friday, with sales tracked through the following Sunday.

Even METALLICA's controversial 2003 set, "St. Anger", moved 418,000 copies in its initial week of release, which was also shortened to four days.

METALLICA's previous three studio outings, 1997's "Reload", 1996's "Load" and the 1991 "black album" all earned six-figure first week sales as well.

"Lulu" is based on two plays by early 20th century German author Frank Wedekind about an amoral woman.

Both METALLICA and Reed have downplayed the scathing reviews that the album has gotten, with Reed saying that METALLICA fans are "threatening to shoot me." METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich defended the project, saying, "It's not for everyone, but I think it's a fantastic record."

(Thanks: IMNoMoreLies)

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