Metallica's 'Hardwired' Continues Rock Chart Ascent

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The new single debuts on the Hot Rock Songs, Rock Digital Songs & Hard Rock Digital Songs charts, while jumping to No. 3 on Mainstream Rock Songs.

A week after debuting on Billboard's Rock Airplay and Mainstream Rock Songs airplay charts, Metallica's "Hardwired" continues its climb, entering more rankings (dated Sept. 10), including inside the top 10 of Hot Rock Songs.

"Hardwired," the lead single from the hard rock veterans' upcoming 10th studio album Hardwired… To Self-Destruct, debuts at No. 9 on Hot Rock Songs (which blends radio airplay, digital sales and streaming data), marking both the band's best bow and first top 10 placement since the tally launched in 2009. Metallica previously peaked at a high of No. 28 with "All Nightmare Long" in 2009.

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Additionally, following a full tracking week of sales, "Hardwired" enters at No. 1 on Hard Rock Digital Songs and No. 6 on Rock Digital Songs with 20,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen Music, marking the band's highest debuts on the charts. Metallica previously rose to No. 1 on the former survey with "Enter Sandman" (Oct. 12, 2013), originally from 1991, and "One" (Feb. 15, 2014), first released in 1989, but "Hardwired" represents Metallica's first leader on the list with a new song.

Atop Hard Rock Digital Songs, "Hardwired" dethrones Disturbed's "The Sound of Silence," which had reigned for 30 consecutive weeks (and 34 total), dating to the Feb. 13-dated chart. "Silence" holds the record for most time spent at No. 1 in the chart's history (since it began in 2011).

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Meanwhile, "Hardwired" vaults 14-3 on Mainstream Rock Songs and 21-13 on Rock Airplay (4.5 million in audience) following its first full week of plays. It's the group's 19th top 10 on Mainstream Rock Songs and first since "Nightmare" (No. 9, 2009). "Sandman" became the act's first top 10, hitting No. 10 in 1991.

Hardwired… To Self-Destruct is due Nov. 18 via Metallica's Blackened Recordings. It's the first album from the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers since 2008's Death Magnetic, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (dated Sept. 27, 2008) with 490,000 copies sold. As previously reported, "Hardwired" made its premiere on Mainstream Rock Songs reporter KXXR (93X) Minneapolis on Aug. 18 when drummer Lars Ulrich asked music director/assistant program director James "Pablo" Piper if he would play it as the two were chatting during a live interview.


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