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Metal By Numbers 1/4: New year, new Nine Inch

Posted by on January 4, 2017

Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.

It’s been two weeks, but Metal By Numbers is back with its first edition for 2017. If you’re at all familiar with how records sales and release schedules work or you just read this column a lot, it shouldn’t be a surprise that we have no new debuts for this week. The newest thing on here is the surprise Nine Inch Nails EP that dropped right before Christmas, which had a solid debut last week, but an ever better second week. It’ll be another week or so until the ball gets rolling again on here, but looking at the listings for metal in 2017, we’ll have plenty on the charts real soon. Stay tuned.

 

Notable Sales:

metallicahardwiredMetallica, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (Blackened)
#6 (from 5)
34,300 sold

Metallica are still raking it in with over 500,000 sold. Oh yeah, and the Black Album sold another 6,700 copies this week. 

 

 

 

 

Nine Inch Nails, Not the Actual Events (The Null Corporation)
#11 (from 20)
26,200 sold

The top 20 is a solid debut for an EP, but getting a 17% boost in the second week is maybe more impressive.

 

 

 

 

avengedsevenfoldthestageAvenged Sevenfold, The Stage (Capitol)
#56 (from 72)
7,400 sold

The band is likely pleased that this is selling well over their unauthorized greatest hits comp from Warner Bros. It should cross 150,000 sold next week.

 

 

 

 

trans-siberian-orchestraTrans-Siberian Orchestra, The Ghosts of Christmas Eve (Rhino Atlantic)
#69 (from 41)
6,400 sold

Christmas is over, so the amount of people who wanted this album dropped by 50%.

 

 

 

 

skilletunleashedcdSkillet, Unleashed (Atlantic)
#84 (from 103)
5,150 sold

Over 150,000 sold.

 

 

 

 

disturbed_ immortalized__album_cover_2015

Disturbed, Immortalized (Reprise)
#102 (from 104)
4,300 sold

Over 70 weeks on the charts with over 530,000 sold.

 

 

 

 

Korn-The_Serenity_of_Suffering-album_coverKorn, The Serenity of Suffering (Roadrunner)
#114 (from 130)
3,775 sold

Ten weeks on with over 100,000 sold.

 

 

 

 

ffdprsdFive Finger Death Punch, Got Your Six (Prospect Park)
#117 (from 157)
3,750 sold

A 17% boost is another drop in the proverbial bucket. They’ll have a new album out this year too.

 

 

 

 

I Prevail - LifelinesI Prevail, Lifelines (Fearless)
#140 (from 178)
3,100 sold

A 20% boost is lively.

 

 

 

 

highlysuspectboywhocriedcdHighly Suspect, The Boy Who Died Wolf (300 Entertainment)
#152 (from 184)
2,650

A 30% boost after dropping off last week.

 

 

 

 

shinedown - threat to survivalShinedown, Threat To Survival (Atlantic)
#193 (re-entry)
2,000 sold

This re-enters the charts once again.

 

 

 

Nails-You-Will-Never-Be-One-of-UsNails, You Will Never Be One of Us (Nuclear Blast)
360 sold

A 77% boost. Nailed it. Did the album’s inclusion on year end polls result in a boost for the band, or angry kids spending Christmas gift cards?

 

 

 

 

 

amaranthe - maximalismAmaranthe, Maximalism (Spinefarm)
290 sold

A boost of 11%.

 

 

 

 

 

epicaholographicEpica, The Holographic Principle (Nuclear Blast)
280 sold

This dropped off last week, but is now up 36%.

 

 

 

 

 

geminisyndromemementomoriGemini Syndrome, Memento Mori (Another Century)
270 sold

A 21% drop, but over 13,000 sold.

 

 

 

 

 

rivalsonshollowbonescdRival Sons, Hollow Bones (Earache)
250 sold

A 13% boost.

 

 

 

 

 

RSR_PZ_2400_REVRed Sun Rising, Polyester Zeal (Razor & Tie)
240 sold

The sun sets on a 41% drop.
 
 

 

 

 

 

Wage_War_-_BlueprintsWage War, Blueprints (Fearless)
240 sold

A 63% boost back up.

 

 

 

 

 

Khemmis, Hunted (20 Buck Spin)
210 sold

Looks like this is picking up some “Best of 2016” numbers.

 

 

 

 

 

Vektor, Terminal Redux (Earache) 600 sold
190 sold

A 71% boost. These new listeners are going to be real disappointed when they hear about the band’s current status.

 

 

 
 
 

knocked-looseKnocked Loose, Laugh Tracks (Pure Noise)
180 sold

A tiny 2% boost.

 

 

 

 

 

through fire breathThrough Fire, Breathe (Sumerian)
180 sold

A boost of 10% is hot.

 

 

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  • Ches Petten

    Always love this column . Will there be a top selling albums of 2016 column by any chance ? I’d love to see what the top 25 or so albums were sales wise last year .

  • Bram Teitelman

    Thanks – and yes!

  • John Vitor Naylor

    Im glad this collumn came back! Abaolutely love it, keep up the good work! m/

  • Captain_Heh

    Woohoo!