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Metallica Earns Eighth Mainstream Rock Songs No. 1 With 'Hardwired'

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The band lands its first leader since 2009.

Metallica pushes 2-1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs radio airplay chart (dated Oct. 8) with "Hardwired," the lead single from the band's album Hardwired… to Self-Destruct, due Nov. 18.

The track is the metal legends' eighth No. 1 on the chart, and first since "Cyanide," which led for two weeks in April 2009. The quartet's Mainstream Rock Songs-topping heritage dates 20 years back to "Until It Sleeps," which began an eight-week command in June 1996; despite first appearing on the chart in 1989, Metallica had not climbed higher than No. 10 until "Sleeps," having reached that rank with both "Enter Sandman" (1991)  and "The Unforgiven" (1992).

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Metallica's Mainstream Rock Songs No. 1s

"Until It Sleeps," eight weeks at No. 1, beginning June 8, 1996

"Hero of the Day," three, Dec. 7, 1996

"Turn the Page," 11, Nov. 28, 1998

"No Leaf Clover," seven, Jan. 22, 2000

"I Disappear," seven, June 10, 2000

"The Day That Never Comes," nine, Sept 20, 2008

"Cyanide," two, April 4, 2009

"Hardwired," one (to date), Oct. 8, 2016

With the coronation of "Hardwired," Metallica logs its 48th cumulative week atop Mainstream Rock Songs, the fifth-best total in the chart's 35-year history (breaking a tie with Collective Soul); Three Days Grace leads with 76 weeks in charge, followed by Shinedown (61), 3 Doors Down (53) and Nickelback (51).

"Hardwired" reaches a new peak in rock radio audience, up 9 percent to 5.8 million in the week ending Sept. 25, according to Nielsen Music, and holds at its No. 13 high on the Rock Airplay chart.

Hardwired… to Self-Destruct, Metallica's 10th studio album, follows 2008's Death Magnetic,  which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 490,000 copies sold and has moved 2 million to date.