METALLICA's 'Hardwired' Tops BILLBOARD's 2017 'Top Rock Albums' And 'Hard Rock Albums' Charts

METALLICA's 'Hardwired' Tops BILLBOARD's 2017 'Top Rock Albums' And 'Hard Rock Albums' Charts

METALLICA's "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct" has topped Billboard magazine's year-end Top Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums charts.

The disc, which came out in November 2016, sold 1.1 million units in the 2017 chart year, the only rock album to top 800,000 units.

METALLICA also ranked as the No. 2 act on Mainstream Rock Artists for 2017. Five songs from the new album made the survey in the chart year, led by the two-week No. 1 "Atlas, Rise!" in February.

Billboard's year-end music recaps are based on chart performance between the December 3, 2016 and November 25, 2017-dated charts.

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Top Hard Rock Albums Artists Of 2017

01. METALLICA
02. LINKIN PARK
03. FOO FIGHTERS
04. QUEEN
05. GUNS N' ROSES
06. NICKELBACK
07. DISTURBED
08. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
09. LED ZEPPELIN
10. JOURNEY

Top Rock Albums Of 2017:

01. METALLICA - "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct"
02. IMAGINE DRAGONS - "Evolve"
03. TWENTY ONE PILOTS - "Blurryface"
04. Soundtrack - "Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2"
05. Soundtrack - "Suicide Squad: The Album"
06. PANIC! AT THE DISCO - "Death Of A Bachelor"
07. LINKIN PARK - "One More Light"
08. THE LUMINEERS - "Cleopatra"
09. THE ROLLING STONES - "Blue & Lonesome"
10. TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS - "Greatest Hits"

"Hardwired… To Self-Destruct" was certified platinum on April 12 by the RIAA (Recording Association Of America). The members of METALLICA were presented with their plaques by "executives" from their record label, Blackened Recordings, on May 17 at The New Coliseum Presented By NYCB in Uniondale, New York.

The "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct" platinum certification reflected a million equivalent album units, which blends traditional album sales, tracks sold from an album and on-demand audio and video streams.

The gain in "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct" sales was owed mostly to a concert ticket/album bundle sale redemption promotion with the band's stadium tour that went on sale on February 17. Redemptions of albums included with the purchase of a concert ticket registered as a sale in the week the customer redeemed/received the album.

"Hardwired… To Self-Destruct" debuted as expected at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 album chart in November 2016, selling 291,000 copies in its first week of release. Both of the band's previous outings, 2008's "Death Magnetic" and 2003's "St. Anger", sold more copies in shortened sales weeks. "Death Magnetic" moved 490,000 copies in a three-day window, while "St. Anger" shifted 418,000 copies in a similar frame.

"Hardwired... To Self-Destruct" consists of two discs, containing a dozen songs and nearly 80 minutes of music.

Photo credit: Finlay MacKay

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