After selling nearly 500,000 copies of their latest LP over just a three-day period last week, Metallica’s Death Magnetic spends a second week at the top of Billboard’s albums chart, scanning more than 337,000 units during its first full week in record stores.
Prior to Nielsen SoundScan’s release of the latest sales figures Wednesday morning (September 24), many in the industry thought Metallica would fail to keep pace and cling to the chart’s peak position, especially with Ne-Yo’s Year of the Gentleman hitting stores last week. And while Ne-Yo did pose a serious threat to Metallica’s dominance, he’ll have to settle for second best, as his album posted first-week sales of 250,000-plus. Meanwhile, another big-name release, Nelly’s Brass Knuckles, follows at #3, debuting on next week’s chart with 83,700 sold.
Following Kid Rock’s Rock N Roll Jesus, which slips one spot to #4 next week with 63,600 sold, it’s the latest from Hootie & the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker, Learn to Live, which enters the chart at #5 with 60,400 scans. Young Jeezy’s The Recession plummets four spots to #6, with sales reported at around 60,000, and is followed by two other chart newcomers: DJ Khaled’s We Global, which claims the #7 slot with first-week sales of 49,400, and Buckcherry’s Black Butterfly at #8, which sold 46,700 copies. Rounding out the chart is Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III at #9, selling 43,000, and the Game’s L.A.X. at #10, with 41,500 scans.
There are 30 new releases on next week’s chart, and they run the genre gamut, from heavy metallers to R&B crooners. Coming in at #16, with 28,600 copies being snatched up, is Massachusetts metal outfit All That Remains’ Overcome. Following them at #19, with sales reported at 23,400, is Raphael Saadiq’s The Way I See It. Avenged Sevenfold’s Live in the LBC & Diamonds in the Rough enters the chart at #24, selling close to 20,000 copies, while Colby O’Donis’ Colby O opens at #41, with 10,800 sold.
Jem’s Down to Earth bows at #43, having sold a reported 10,600 units, while Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham’s Gift of Screws claims the #48 spot, with 9,600 scanned. “American Idol” alum Kristy Lee Cook’s Why Wait follows at #49, selling just 40 fewer copies. Taproot’s Our Long Road Home enters the Billboard top 200 at #65, with 7,700 scans, with Dresden Dolls’ Amanda Palmer’s morbidly titled Who Killed Amanda Palmer coming in at #77 with 6,700 sold. B.G. and Chopper City Boyz’s Life in the Concrete Jungle sold 5,200 copies its first week, which lands that LP at #117, while All Shall Perish’s Awaken the Dreamers comes in at #126, with 5,000 sold.
Death Cab for Cutie’s iTunes exclusive Live From Las Vegas at the Palms EP was downloaded 4,500 times, which earns that effort the #135 position, while Marc Broussard’s Keep Coming Back follows at #136, with 4,400-plus sold. 33Miles’ One Life enters the chart at #161, with 3,700 sold, while White Tie Affair’s Walk This Way follows at #168, selling 3,600 copies — largely thanks to the inclusion of the band’s track “Candle (Sick and Tired)” in a recent episode of “The Hills.” Lastly, with sales clocked at 3,300, we find Breathe Carolina’s Classic debuting at #186.