Metallica Attract Fifth-Consecutive #1 Debut With Death Magnetic

Friday release doesn't hurt sales for band's first album in five years.

Three short days was all it took for to outsell every other album on next week’s Billboard albums sales chart, unloading close to half-a-million copies of their ninth studio outing, Death Magnetic, and simultaneously scoring their fifth-consecutive chart-topping debut.

Metallica’s latest coup was very much expected, even though every other title making next week’s Top 200 benefitted from a full week’s worth of sales. To coincide with its worldwide release, the album hit stores on Friday (September 12) instead of the traditional Tuesday release. But in spite of the smaller window, the rockers generated the best sales the chart has experienced since five weeks ago, when the Jonas BrothersA Little Bit Longer opened at #1 with 525,000 scans.

Earlier this week, Billboard projected that Death Magnetic would take the chart’s coveted top spot , reporting that “informed sources” estimated week-one sales of 450,000 to 500,000 copies. In the end, the disc ended up scanning close to 490,000 units. Clearly, after waiting five years for new Metallica, fans were chomping at the bit for this one. Next week’s #2 LP, ‘s The Recession, sold just 90,000 copies, making Metallica’s win something of a blowout.

Death Magnetic is the band’s seventh release to open with more than 300,000 sold in its first frame. St. Anger debuted at #1 with 418,000 sold in 2003; 1997′s Re-Load bowed with 435,000-plus units sold; 1996′s Load debuted with 680,000; and the band’s self-titled 1991 release sold more than 650,000 copies (marking the first time a Metallica album opened at #1).

Metallica’s wasn’t the only new release to impact next week’s chart — and not the sole new release from a well-established act. In fact, 27 titles enter next week’s Top 200, including the latest from , Do You Know, which claims the #4 spot with a mere 65,000 sold. Also debuting in the top 10, at #9, is the latest from , Exit 13, which generated 44,000 scans, according to the latest figures released by Nielsen SoundScan.

In the #3 spot next week is ‘s Rock N Roll Jesus, which scanned another 75,000 units. ‘s All Hope Is Gone holds at #5 with 52,000 sold, and the ‘ set comes in at #6 on next week’s chart, with 50,000 sold. ‘s L.A.X. finishes at #7, with sales of 49,000, and ‘s Tha Carter III climbs two spots to #8, selling another 47,000-plus. Rounding things out at #10, with 41,000 copies snatched up, is the soundtrack to “Mamma Mia.”

Halle Berry‘s former hubby Eric Benet‘s Love and Life was also among next week’s chart newcomers. That set opens at #11, selling 40,000-plus, while ‘ Quilt follows at #14, with 32,000 sold. Late comedian Mitch Hedberg‘s swan song, Do You Believe in Gosh?, bows at #18, selling 27,000 units. Jenni Rivera‘s Jenni opens at #31, with 16,000 scans. The Royalty, the third studio album from R.K.M y Ken-Y, claims the #32 slot, selling just under 15,000 copies, and Joshua Radin‘s Simple Times debuts at #34, with close to 14,000 scans.

Canadian hip-hop artist Kardinal Offishall‘s Not 4 Sale enters next week’s chart at #40, having sold close to 12,000 copies. Okkervil River‘s Stand Ins takes the #42 position, with sales clocked at just over 11,000. Kenny Lattimore‘s Timeless follows at #54, with 9,000 sold. Former Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch‘s Save Me From Myself bowing at #63, with 8,000 scans. Metal act Iced Earth‘s The Crucible of Man: Something Wicked Part 2 opens at #79, having sold about 7,000 copies, while Calexico‘s Carried to Dust enters at #98, selling 6,000 units.

The Sound of Animals Fighting land at #141, selling 4,000 copies of their new one, Ocean and the Sun, while Lenka‘s self-titled offering follows at #142, selling five fewer copies. Tricky‘s Knowle West Boy opens at #147, with 3,900 sold, and Joan Osborne‘s Little Wild One just makes the cut at #193, with 3,000 scans.