METALLICA's 'Death Magnetic' Reigns On European Album Chart

September 25, 2008

Paul Sexton of Billboard.biz reports that METALLICA's "Death Magnetic" (Vertigo/Universal) marks its first full week on release by starting a second week atop European Top 100 Albums.

"Magnetic" added a further 59,000 sales to its opening, part-week total of 75,000 in the United Kingdom for a second week at No. 1 there, and continues to hold sway in Portugal, Finland, Denmark, Norway and the Belgian region of Flanders. Impressively, the title makes six more No. 1 debuts, in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Holland and Sweden, climbs 3-1 in Ireland and enters at No. 2 in Hungary. It loses only one of its five initial top billings in Europe, dipping 1-2 in France.

"Death Magnetic" sold 337,000 copies in the United States in its first full week of release to hold on to the top spot on The Billboard 200 chart.

METALLICA's No. 1 debut on the Billboard album chart with "Death Magnetic", made history. The No. 1 arrival made METALLICA the only band to have five albums debut in the top spot, breaking a tie at four albums held by THE BEATLES, U2 and the DAVE MATTHEWS BAND. "Death Magnetic" is also METALLICA's fifth consecutive studio effort to enter at No. 1, following 1991's self-titled "black album," 1996's "Load", '97's "Reload" and 2003's "St. Anger". The album sold 490,000 copies in just four days of release, arriving in stores on September 12 instead of the usual Tuesday.

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