The rock legends blocked Bruno from taking home the gold.
Rock legends Metallica blocked Bruno Mars from taking home the gold.
Despite having one of the best-selling songs of the decade with “Uptown Funk,” Mars’s new album, 24K Magic, failed to pull in the colossal numbers to outbid Metallica for the No. 1 position on the Billboard 200.
Metallica scores its sixth No. 1 album with Hardwired… to Self-Destruct, selling 291,000 equivalent album units (282,000 were in traditional album sales)
Numbers jargon from Billboard:
Hardwired’s start is the third-largest debut of 2016 — both in terms of overall units and traditional album sales — behind only the arrivals of Drake’s Views (1.04 million units; 852,000 in sales) and Beyonce’s Lemonade (653,000 units; 485,000 sales).
Further, Hardwired sold more in its first week than any rock album in two-and-a-half years. The last rock album to sell more in a single week was Coldplay’s Ghost Stories, which bowed with 382,000 copies sold on the chart dated June 7, 2014.
Hardwired is Metallica’s first studio album since 2008’s Death Magnetic, which also bowed at No. 1, with 490,000 copies sold in its first week. Metallica’s last six studio albums, stretching back to its self-titled album (usually referred to as The Black Album) in 1991, have debuted at No. 1. Before Death Magnetic, the band topped the chart with St. Anger (in 2003), Reload (1997), Load (1996) and Metallica (1991).
Mars debuts at No. 2 with 194,000 in traditional album sales (231,000 sales plus streaming), which marks the “Calling All My Lovelies” singer’s best opening week sales ever.
This week’s Billboard 200 Top 10:
1. Metallica’s Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (291,000)
2. Bruno Mars – 24K Magic (231,000)
3. Miranda Lambert – The Weight of These Wings debuts (133,000 units)
4. Pentatonix – A Pentatonix Christmas (101,1000)
5. A Tribe Called Quest – We Got it From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service (59,000)
6. Trolls Soundtrack (53,000)
7. Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood – Christmas Together (39,000)
8. Rae Sremmurd – Sremmlife 2 (38,000)
9. Hamilton Soundtrack (34,000)
10. Drake – Views (34,000)