Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
It’s no secret that a lot of bands are hurting right now. Granted, lots of people everywhere are hurting right now, financially, emotionally, and physically. But as this is a column about record sales, I’m talking specifically about bands that make their living with the constant cycle of record, release, tour, repeat. A slew of tours have been cancelled, which you already know, but you’ve also probably seen many bands pushing merch or even straight-up asking for fans to give them money. It’s a tough spot to be in especially since a lot of fans might want to give, but aren’t in the position to do so right now. If you’re in such a position, I’d suggest simply spreading word of music you’ve been enjoying lately. Leave a rating/review on Amazon, iTunes, Bandcamp, whatever platform you use. Go on Facebook or Twitter and recommend some bands for people to listen to while they stay home. It might not seem like much, but I think most people agree sharing music that you enjoy is one of life’s simple pleasures.