METALLICA's 'Death Magnetic' Holding On To Top Spot On BILLBOARD Chart

According to Hits Daily Double (the companion web site of music industry tip sheet HITS), METALLICA's "Death Magnetic" appears to have enough momentum to hold on to the top spot on next week's The Billboard 200 chart, with a projected 250-275,000 sales in its first full week of release, outpacing hit songwriter/performer NE-YO, whose "Year of the Gentleman" is expected to debut with around 235-250,000 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, Norway, Poland and Sweden.


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