METALLICA's 'Hardwired... To Self-Destruct' Projected To Sell 260K-280K First Week
November 19, 2016
According to music industry web site Hits Daily Double, METALLICA's new studio album, "Hardwired... To Self-Destruct", is likely to sell between 250,000 and 270,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The SPS figure is expected to be between 260,000 and 280,000.
SPS, a practice used by Billboard magazine, stands for "sales plus streaming," which includes album sales and converted track sales plus converted streaming data.
For those interested: 10 tracks sold equal one album sale (since $1.29, the cost for an individual track, multiplied by ten gives you $12.99, a common price for an album, and 1,500 streams is equivalent to one album sale.
METALLICA's "Death Magnetic" album sold close to a half million copies in just a three-day sales window and topped The Billboard 200 chart back in September 2008.
The band's first studio album since 2003 moved 490,000 copies in its abbreviated frame, scheduled off-cycle on a Friday to accommodate a worldwide release date.
METALLICA's previous CD, "St. Anger", also had an unusual release date after Elektra Records decided to move up its release to Thursday, June 5, 2003 from Tuesday, June 10, 2003 "to ensure that counterfeit copies of the band's first studio album in six years do not proliferate in the marketplace," the label said at the time.
"St. Anger" sold 418,000 copies in its first, shortened week on the streets to land at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 chart.
METALLICA's "Re-Load" album sold 435,000 units during its first week in 1997, while 1996's "Load" opened at 680,000. 1991's self-titled "black album" debuted with 598,000 and has since gone on to sell more than 16 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
"Hardwired… To Self-Destruct" arrived on November 18. It consists of two discs, containing a dozen songs and nearly 80 minutes of music.
"Hardwired...To Self-Destruct" track listing:
Deluxe Edition (Digital Download & CD)
01. Hardwired 02. Atlas, Rise! 03. Now That We're Dead 04. Moth Into Flame 05. Dream No More 06. Halo On Fire
01. Confusion 02. ManUNkind 03. Here Comes Revenge 04. Am I Savage? 05. Murder One 06. Spit Out the Bone
Disc Three (Bonus)
01. Lords of Summer 02. Ronnie Rising Medley 03. When a Blind Man Cries 04. Remember Tomorrow 05. Helpless (Live at Rasputin Music) 06. Hit the Lights (Live at Rasputin Music) 07. The Four Horsemen (Live at Rasputin Music) 08. Ride the Lightning (Live at Rasputin Music) 09. Fade to Black (Live at Rasputin Music) 10. Jump in the Fire (Live at Rasputin Music) 11. For Whom the Bell Tolls (Live at Rasputin Music) 12. Creeping Death (Live at Rasputin Music) 13. Metal Militia (Live at Rasputin Music) 14. Hardwired (Live in Minneapolis)
Deluxe Box Set (3LP + 1CD)
Disc One Side A
01. Hardwired 02. Atlas, Rise! 03. Now That We're Dead
Disc One Side B
01. Moth Into Flame 02. Am I Savage? 03. Halo On Fire
Disc Two Side C
01. Confusion 02. Dream No More 03. ManUNkind
Disc Two Side D
01. Here Comes Revenge 02. Murder One 03. Spit Out the Bone
Disc Three Side E (Bonus)
01. Lords of Summer
Disc Three Side F (Bonus)
01. Hardwired (Live in Minneapolis)
01. Ronnie Rising Medley 02. When a Blind Man Cries 03. Remember Tomorrow 04. Helpless (Live at Rasputin Music) 05. Hit the Lights (Live at Rasputin Music) 06. The Four Horsemen (Live at Rasputin Music) 07. Ride the Lightning (Live at Rasputin Music) 08. Fade to Black (Live at Rasputin Music) 09. Jump in the Fire (Live at Rasputin Music) 10. For Whom the Bell Tolls (Live at Rasputin Music) 11. Creeping Death (Live at Rasputin Music) 12. Metal Militia (Live at Rasputin Music)
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