December 1 [10:15 EDT] -- Pundits who have been announcing the death of heavy metal get a major league slap in the face this week as Metallica muscles its way to the top of the "Billboard" album chart.
The group's "Re-Load" album debuts in the number one spot on the chart with overpowering first week sales of more than 435,000. The band far outpaced the competition as Celine Dion grabbed the number two spot with more than 333,000 copies of her "Let's Talk About Love" leaving record stores in its first week.
Despite the heavy duty presence of Metallica, the top 20 album chart is still a very diva-friendly affair as Dion is followed by last week's number one, Barbra Streisand, at number three. Upping the diva factor are also Shania Twain, Leann Rimes, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, and the Spice Girls, who also boast top 20 albums along with Erykah Badu, whose new live album debuts at number four with more than 177,000 copies sold.
Meanwhile, Usher's hopes for a number
one single are put on hold for yet another week as his hit "You Make Me Wanna" takes a backseat once again to Elton John's Princess Diana tribute, "Candle in the Wind '97."
The modern rock singles chart also inspires feelings of déjà vu as Chumbawamba's "Tubthumping" tops Everclear's "Everything To Everyone" once again this week.