After only three days on the shelves, Death Magnetic is No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week. Unlike most albums, Metallicaâ€™s latest album was released on Friday, September 12, to accommodate the worldwide release date, posting higher sales in a shorter amount of time than albums debuting on the traditional schedule. With nearly half a million copies sold within three days, Death Magnetic has sold more than 70,000 copies than St. Anger, Metallicaâ€™s 2003 release. This is Metallicaâ€™s largest opening since 1996â€™s Load.
Metallica is the only group to have five of its albums start at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The Beatles, U2, and the Dave Matthews Band trail with four albums with the same feat. In addition, this is Metallicaâ€™s fifth consecutive album to debut at No. 1.http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003850675