Metallica Once Again Projected to Have the Top Selling Album in the U.S.

by VVN Music

Metallica has once again topped the Sales chart at Hits Daily Double with Hardwired...To Self Destruct projected to sell 49,600 copies for the latest week.

While it's not known how many of those albums were due to retail and download sales and the number that were redeemed by fans who bought tickets to their upcoming tour, the total of those two markets outdistances the Beauty and the Beast soundtrack (47,200), Drake's More Life (43,200), Ed Sheeran's Divide (42,300) and Trey Songz' Tremaine the Album (41,755). No other album broke 25,000 in sales for the week.

Hardwired's sales total was up 132% over the previous week. The album had big sales numbers two and three weeks ago but last week's numbers had dropped it to number 9 on Hits' projected sales chart.

Of course, when streaming is added in, the top five get completely shuffled:
  1. More Life - Drake (226,200)
  2. Divide - Ed Sheeran (99,600)
  3. Tremaine the Album - Trey Songz (63,300)
  4. Beauty and the Beast - Soundtrack (55,100)
  5. Hardwired...To Self Destruct - Metallica (51,500)
Keith Urban's Ripcord continues to rack up big sales as it approaches a year in release. It's week 47 total was a projected 9,400 and 16,100 with streaming which should keep it in the top 30. 

Depeche Mode's Spirit saw a second week drop off in sales of 92% to 5,100 copies which should push it out of the top 50 from its debut at number 5. 

The highest debut by a veteran artist for the week looks to be Raekwon's The Wild which moved a projected 4,500 copies to put it at 31 on the Hits Sales chart but out of the top 50 when streaming is added. 

The only other veteran in Hits' top 50 is Ian Anderson's Jethro Tull: The String Quartets with sales of about 3,400. 

Final chart positions will be out on Tuesday. 

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