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Metallica's new album debuts at No. 1

Monday, November 28, 2016 6:34 AM PT

As expected, the new Metallica album has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Hardwired... to Self-Destruct sold roughly 290,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, easily enough to propel Metallica to their sixth straight No. 1 debut on the aforementioned chart, a streak dating back to the band's 1991 self-titled album.

Metallica's previous album, Death Magnetic (2008), sold 490,000 copies in its first week (technically, three days) of release, while St. Anger (2003) moved around 420,000 units during its debut week.

Going back further, their 1997 album, Reload, sold 426,000 in its debut week. Metallica's 1996 release, Load, generated a tally of 680,000 in first-week sales.

Metallica (aka the 'Black' album), released in 1991, sold nearly 600,000 copies in its first week, and has gone on to sell more than 16 million copies, making it the best-selling album in the United States since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking album sales.

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