Despite Short Sales Week, Metallica's "Death Magnetic" Expected to Sell 500K

September 15, 2008 9:25 AM ET

Metallica's Death Magnetic is on pace to sell about 500,000 copies in the U.S. despite its release late in the week last Friday. Globally, the album is already dominating charts, with one report saying Death Magnetic sold more albums in Norway in one day than U2's last album sold in a week. Here in the states, Death Magnetic's sales numbers were perhaps aided on Friday by emo clothing store Hot Topic, who were selling the album for only $5 on its release day. The half-million copies sold falls within the range of the first week sales for previous Metallica albums. The band's Load in 1996 enjoyed the best debut, selling 680,000 in its first week. Death Magnetic will likely improve on the numbers of the band's last album, as St. Anger only sold about 363,000 in a similarly-shortened week.

Related Stories:
Album Review: Metallica, Death Magnetic (4 stars)
Metallica Premiere Video For "The Day That Never Comes"
Metallica Playing Cheap Death Magnetic Shows in Europe

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Long Walk Home”

Bruce Springsteen | 2007

When the subject of this mournful song returns home, he hardly recognizes his town. Springsteen told Rolling Stone the alienation the man feels is a metaphor for life in a politically altered post-9/11 America. “Who would have ever thought we’d live in a country without habeas corpus?” he said. “That’s Orwellian. That’s what political hysteria is about and how effective it is. I felt it in myself. You get frightened for your family, for your home. And you realize how countries can move way off course, very far from democratic ideals.”

More Song Stories entries »