According to Billboard, METALLICA's latest album, "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct", has landed at position No. 2 on this weekend's Billboard 200 chart, following sizable sales generated from a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer with the band's upcoming U.S. and Canada tour. (The redemptions count as sales.) The disc, which arrived in November 2016, shifted approximately 65,000 equivalent album units in the week ending March 22.
Unlike XXXTentacion's "?", which topped this weekend's chart, METALLICA's No. 2 showing is driven by traditional album sales, as 63,000 of its 65,000 units were in pure sales.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).
When METALLICA bundled "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct" with tickets to its North American stadium tour last year, the band worked with WMG to remind fans to download the album, pushing it back up to No. 2 on the Billboard 200.
According to Billboard, "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct" is METALLICA's 12th album to sell at least a million copies since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991.
In total, the group has sold 58 million albums in the U.S. in the Nielsen Music era, and owns the overall top-selling album of that span of time: its self-titled 1991 release, with nearly 17 million sold.