Metallica sprinkles the Billboard charts dated Sept. 25 following the 30th anniversary reissue of his self-titled 1991 album, punctuated by a climb to No. 1 on the top rock albums and hard rock albums charts.
Metallic, also known as “The Black Album”, shoots 28-1 on Top Rock Albums, for its first week at the top of the chart, with 37,000 equivalent album units earned during the tracking period from 10 to September 16, according to MRC Data. Thirty thousand units of this amount include album sales.
The set is Metallica’s fourth frontman on Top Rock Albums, which debuted in 2006. It’s also the band’s fourth frontman on Hard Rock Albums (it launched in 2007).
On the all-format Billboard 200, Metallic returned to the top 10 for the first time since 1992, rising to No. 9. The album topped the survey for four weeks when it was released in 1991.
The 30th anniversary reissue remasters the original 12 tracks and also includes a multi-disc box set featuring live versions, alternate takes and more.
Several songs from the album reached the Billboard Songs-based charts. “Enter Sandman” falls 1-3 on Hard Rock Digital Song Sales (2,000 downloads), while “Nothing Else Matters” climbs 7-4 (2,000 downloads). “The Unforgiven” (#14, 1000) and “Wherever I May Roam” (#25, 1000) also appear.
“Sandman” also lifts 8-6 on Hard Rock Streaming Songs with 3.4 million US streams.
During this time, The Metallica Blacklist, the 53-song companion album featuring Metallica track listing covers from a variety of artists, entered Hard Rock Albums, Top Rock Albums and the Billboard 200 at numbers 8, 22 and 132, respectively, with 8,000 units. It also bowed to No. 2 on the compilation albums chart.
A few songs from the sprawling release also make their own charts. One’s Even a Number 1: Miley Cyrus’ Cover of ‘Nothing Else Matters,’ Featuring WATT, Elton John, Yo-Yo Ma, Robert Trujillo and Chad Smith, Enters Hard Rock Digital Song Sales with 4,000 Downloads .
Cyrus’ “Matters” is joined by Chris Stapleton’s own version of the song, up 8-2 with 3,000 downloads, and other appearances include Ghost’s “Enter Sandman” (#5, 2,000 downloads) , Alessia Cara and “Enter Sandman” from The Warning. (#11, 1,000), Corey Taylor’s “Holier Than Thou” (#12, 1,000), Weezer’s “Enter Sandman” (#13, 1,000), and “Don’t Tread on Me” by Volbeat (#24, 1,000).
In addition to their sales numbers, four of them are moving up the Hot Hard Rock Songs chart based on streaming, airplay, and sales. Cyrus leads the pack at No. 5 with 641,000 additional streams, followed by Stapleton (No. 7, 372,000), Ghost (No. 9, 440,000) and Cara and The Warning (No. 13, 548,000) .