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METALLICA IS LAUGHING ALL THE WAY TO THE BANKLord knows we are completely sick of talking about Metallica here at the MS Mansion despite the fact that a Metallica post is automatically good for 50-100 comments and we love watching you all duke it out. But damn, the fact that Metallica’s Death Magnetic sits atop the Soundscan charts for the 3rd week in a row, having moved over 130,000 units this week and 500,000 units in its abridged first week (due to a Friday release date), is certainly worth breaking our self-imposed Metallica hiatus for. In other weeks this year 131,000 wouldn’t be enough to tally a #1, but that’s part of the game; this week’s #2 Demi Lovato (who???) shifted only 88,000 copies. And any way you slice it, 131,000 is a damn respectable number.

Apparently Metallica is still relevant. And apparently nearly 1 million people think Death Magnetic is good enough to pay for it. Shitty mixing job be damned.

Elsewhere on the charts, Kid Rock continues his monolithic dominance; next week will mark one full year since Rock N’ Roll Jesus was released, and it’s still sitting pretty at #7 with 60,000+ copies moved this past week. This record is going to go 3x Platinum before it’s done.

Slipknot is hangin’ tough at #17, and though the record has dropped a few spots each week since its debut 5 weeks ago, the Iowa Nine are looking to break Gold sometime in the next 2 to 4 weeks.

All That Remains’ latest Overcome dropped 60% in sales volume down to #44, but with 40,000+ cumultive units sold two weeks in, the Massachusetts metalcore outfit are lookin’ good on what, by most accounts, is a pretty generic album. It’s gotta be the girls buying these records.

Otherwise it was a pretty ho-hum week, with your usual radio-rock suspects selling way too many records: Nickelback, Daughtry, Disturbed, Staind, etc.

All Shall Perish’s Awaken the Dreamers moved 2,184 to bring their total close to 8,000 in 2 weeks of release; pretty cool for such a heavy band.


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