Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
One of the things I’ve enjoyed about writing this column for nearly five years (wait, that long?) is seeing sales patterns of bands growing in popularity, tracking the numbers for their new top 20 debut on the Billboard 200 when I remember them being on the Top New Artists chart only a scant few years ago. So seeing a band like Steel Panther arrive in the top 15 is a pretty neat thing. It’s also funny that they debuted just below the soundtrack to Sing, a children’s movie with cute animals singing pop songs, though I assume none of them are about pussies and partying. Also, to reader who requested the status of the Ghost album Meliora, I unfortunately do not have any numbers for that album but you can bet that should it get a sales boost you’ll find it on here!
Metallica take the number one spot yet again after a huge 120% boost. In fact, they sold more physical copies than anything else on the chart this week. Take that, Beauty and the Beast soundtrack!
I Prevail, Lifelines (Fearless)
#132 (from 136)
An 11% boost with over 65,000 sold.
KXM, Scatterbrain (Rat Pak)
#183 (from 18)
This drops 85% in week two.
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Flying Microtonal Banana (ATO)
A 17% boost is just bananas.
Havok, Conformicide (Century Media)
A 51% drop.
Bad Seed Rising, Awake In Color (Roadrunner)
This gets another boost back up after dropping off last week.
Ice Nine Kills, Every Trick In The Book (Fearless)
This gets boosted up again thanks to the band’s latest touring stint.