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Metallica's 'Halo on Fire' Is Sixth 'Hardwired' Hit on Mainstream Rock Songs Chart

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"Hardwired… to Self-Destruct" is the first album to yield six songs on the tally since Nickelback's "All the Right Reasons" in 2005-07.

The Hardwired… to Self-Destruct era rolls on, as Metallica charts a sixth song from the set on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart.

On the Dec. 15-dated ranking, "Halo on Fire" debuts at No. 29. The first five songs from the album all reached the top five, with two topping the tally. In order of their chart runs: "Hardwired" (No. 1, one week, October 2016), "Moth Into Flame" (No. 5, November 2016), "Atlas, Rise!" (No. 1, two weeks, February 2017), "Now That We're Dead" (No. 2, July 2017) and "Spit Out the Bone" (No. 4, March 2018).

"Halo" extends the lifetime of Hardwired on Mainstream Rock Songs to over two years and three months, as lead single "Hardwired" debuted on Sept. 3, 2016.

Hardwired is the first set to produce at least six Mainstream Rock Songs entries in over a decade, since Nickelback's All the Right Reasons also yielded six, stretching from the seven-week No. 1 "Photograph" (beginning in October 2005) to "If Everyone Cared" (No. 37 peak, March 2007).

Metallica is no stranger to maximizing album airplay. Hardwired's predecessor, 2008's Death Magnetic, generated five entries on Mainstream Rock Songs, including a pair of No. 1s in "The Day That Never Comes" (for nine weeks) and "Cyanide" (two).

Hardwired debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 dated Dec. 10, 2016, with 291,000 equivalent album units earned in its first week, according to Nielsen Music.