Metallica Debuts at Number 1, George Strait Box Starts at 20

by VVN Music

Metallica has their sixth number 1 album in the U.S. with Hardwired...to Self Destruct.

This is also their sixth straight studio album to hit the top of the charts going back to 1991's Metallica.
  • Metallica (1991 / #1)
  • Load (1996 / #1)
  • Reload (1997 / #1)
  • St. Anger (2003 / #1)
  • Death Magnetic (2008 / #1)
  • Hardwired...to Self Destruct (2016 / #1)
The band has promised that it won't be another eight years before they release another studio set. 

Hardwired is also number 1 on the Album Sales, Independent Albums, Tastemaker Albums, Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums charts. 

Two weeks ago, Bon Jovi had the number 1 album before it took the biggest drop from the top in history, falling to number 43. In it's third week, it is now at 127.

On the other hand, last week's number 1, We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service only fell from 1 to 5 in its second week and is showing some very strong staying power for the holiday season. 

A number of holiday albums have also been climbing the charts, but none bigger than Christmas Together by Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood. This week, not only does it move from 11 to 7 but a package of Christmas Together with Garth's new album, Gunslinger, debuts at 134. 

The second highest debut by a veteran artist for the week is the new box set from George Strait, Strait Out of the Box: Part 2, starts at 20 on the Billboard 200 and 3 on the Country Albums. Covering the second half of his career, the set outdistances the first volume, Strait Out of the Box, which peaked at 43 on the Albums and 9 on the Country Albums charts. Over time, that album has gone on to go nine-times platinum. 

Sixx:A.M. are back with their fifth studio album and their second of 2016, Prayers For the Blessed, Vol. 2. Opening at 37, it falls short of April's Prayers For the Damned, Vol. 1 which peaked at 19. The band's best showing remains This is Gonna Hurt (2011 / #10).


The top forty albums this week by veteran artists who have been recording twenty years or more (Billboard 200 position in parenthesis). Debuts are in blue:
  1. Hardwired...to Self Destruct - Metallica (1)
  2. We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service - A Tribe Called Quest (5)
  3. Christmas Together Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood (7)
  4. Strait Out Of the Box: Part 2 - George Strait (20)
  5. Ripcord - Keith Urban (33)
  6. Prayers For the Blessed, Vol. 2 - Sixx:A.M. (37)
  7. Cosmic HallelujahKenny Chesney (39)
  8. You Want It Darker - Leonard Cohen (42)
  9. 57th & 9th - Sting (45)
  10. The Ultimate Hits - Garth Brooks (46)
  11. Tennessee Christmas - Amy Grant (48)
  12. Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship - Chris Tomlin (63)
  13. The Ghosts of Christmas Eve - Trans-Siberian Orchestra (66)
  14. Hard II Love - Usher (71)
  15. Revolution Radio - Green Day (76)
  16. 4Ever - Prince (80)
  17. #MYNAMEISJOETHOMAS - Joe (82)
  18. Merry Christmas - Mariah Carey (83)
  19. Metallica - Metallica (88)
  20. The Getaway - Red Hot Chili Peppers (90)
  21. A Charlie Brown Christmas Soundtrack - Vince Guaraldi Trio (96)
  22. 'Tis the Season - Jimmy Buffett (99)
  23. These Are Special Times - Celine Dion (108)
  24. The Essential Michael Jackson - Michael Jackson (116)
  25. The Eminem Show - Eminem (117)
  26. NOW That's What I Call a Merry Christmas - Various Artists (118)
  27. This House is Not For Sale - Bon Jovi (127)
  28. The Essential Leonard Cohen Leonard Cohen (128)
  29. Christmas Together / Gunslinger - Garth Brooks & Tricia Yearwood (134)
  30. The Serenity of Suffering - Korn (139)
  31. Christmas Songs by Sinatra - Frank Sinatra (141)
  32. Acoustic Christmas - Neil Diamond (145)
  33. Greatest Hits - Journey (150)
  34. It's Christmas Time - Elvis Presley (151)
  35. Live at the Hollywood Bowl - Beatles (152)
  36. Curtain Call: The Hits - Eminem (155)
  37. Wonderland - Sarah McLachlan (161)
  38. Strait For the Holidays - George Strait (162)
  39. Greatest Hits - Queen (166)
  40. Unleashed - Skillet (169)
    The top ten albums overall:
    1. Hardwired...to Self Destruct - Metallica
    2. 24K Magic - Bruno Mars
    3. The Weight of These Wings - Miranda Lambert
    4. A Pentatonix Christmas - Pentatonix
    5. We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service - A Tribe Called Quest
    6. Trolls - Soundtrack
    7. Christmas Together - Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood
    8. Sremmilife 2 - Rae Sremmurd
    9. Hamilton: An American Musical - Original Broadway Cast
    10. Views - Drake
      The top ten vinyl albums:
      1. Hardwired...to Self Destruct - Metallica
      2. Live at the Hollywood Bowl - Beatles
      3. A Very Kacey Christmas - Kacey Musgraves
      4. 24K Magic - Bruno Mars
      5. A Charlie Brown Christmas - Vince Guaraldi Trio
      6. Stranger Things, Vol. 2 - The Hold Steady
      7. Sounds of Perseverance - Death
      8. Abbey Road - Beatles
      9. Merry Christmas - Bing Crosby
      10. Blurryface - twenty one pilots
      The top ten singles:
      1. Black Beatles - Rae Sremmurd Featuing Gucci Mane
      2. Closer - The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey
      3. Starboy - The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk
      4. 24K Magic - Bruno Mars
      5. Juju On the Beat (TZ Anthem) - Zay Hilfigerrr & Zaylon McCall
      6. Side to Side - Ariana Grande Featuring Nicki Minaj
      7. Heathens - twenty one pilots
      8. Let Me Love You - DJ Snake Featuring Justin Bieber
      9. Broccoli - D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty
      10. Don't Wanna Know - Maroon 5 Featuring Kendrick Lamar
      Veteran artists at the top of other Billboard charts:
      • Albums
        • Album Sales - Hardwired...to Self Destruct - Metallica
        • Independent Albums - Hardwired...to Self Destruct - Metallica
        • Tastemaker Albums - Hardwired...to Self Destruct - Metallica
        • Rock Albums - Hardwired...to Self Destruct - Metallica
        • Hard Rock Albums - Hardwired...to Self Destruct - Metallica
        • Rap Albums - We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service - A Tribe Called Quest
        • Latin Albums - Los Duo 2 - Juan Gabriel
        • Latin Pop Albums - Los Duo 2 - Juan Gabriel
        • Tropical Albums - Juntos Por La Sonora - La Sonora Dinamita
        • Christian Albums - Tennessee Christmas - Amy Grant
        • Gospel Albums - Losing My Religion - Kirk Franklin
        • Tracks/Singles
          • Country Songs - Blue Ain't Your Color - Keith Urban
          • Country Digital Song Sales - Blue Ain't Your Color - Keith Urban
          • Country Streaming Songs - Blue Ain't Your Color - Keith Urban
          • R&B Songs - Starboy - The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk
          • R&B Streaming Songs - Starboy - The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk
          • Adult R&B Songs - Thick of It - Mary J. Blige
          • Rhythmic Songs - Starboy - The Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk
          • Smooth Jazz Songs - Echoes Rising - Paul Hardcastle
          • Latin Songs - Chantage - Shakira Featuring Maluma
          • Latin Digital Songs - Olvidame y Pega La Vuelta - Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony
          • Latin Streaming Songs - Chantage - Shakira Featuring Maluma
          • Christian Digital Song Sales - Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24) - Trans-Siberian Orchestra
          • Christian Streaming Song - Monster - Skillet
          • Hot Gospel Songs - Hold My Mule - Shirley Caesar Featuring Albertina Walker & Milton Brunson
          • Gospel Streaming Songs - Hold My Mule - Shirley Caesar Featuring Albertina Walker & Milton Brunson

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