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Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Metallica’s ‘Hardwired’ Hits 1 Million Sold in the U.S.

On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Metallica's "Hardwired… To Self-Destruct" surpasses 1 million in U.S. sales, Lorde's "Melodrama" takes a tumble, Joe Bonamassa continues his hot blues…

On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated July 15), DJ Khaled scored his second No. 1 with Grateful, while Imagine Dragons arrived at No. 2 with Evolve.

Elsewhere in the top 10, Prince and the Revolution’s Purple Rain soundtrack re-entered at No. 4, following a deluxe reissue, while 311’s MOSAIC bowed at No. 6.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the week’s most popular albums based on their overall consumption. That overall unit figure combines pure album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

Let’s take a closer look at some of the action on the latest Billboard 200 chart:


Metallica, Hardwired… To Self-Destruct No. 123 — With another 4,000 copies sold in the latest tracking week, Hardwired… To Self-Destruct surpasses 1 million in total U.S. sales, as its to-date sum rises to a little more than 1,004,000. The former No. 1 set is the band’s 12th album to sell at least a million copies since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991. Some of Hardwired‘s sales were driven by a well-received concert ticket/album bundle sale redemption promotion with the band’s stadium tour.

In total, the group has sold 58 million albums in the U.S. in the Nielsen Music era, and owns the overall top-selling album of that span of time: its self-titled 1991 release, with 16.6 million sold.


Lorde, Melodrama – No. 13 — Melodrama falls from No. 1 to No. 13 in its second chart week (28,000 units earned, down 74 percent), making it the fifth No. 1-debuting album in 2017 to fall straight out of the top 10 in its second frame. It follows Katy Perry’s Witness (falling from No. 1 to No. 13 on the July 8-dated list), Bryson Tiller’s True to Self (1-13, June 24), Linkin Park’s One More Light (1-30, June 17) and Logic’s Everybody (1-11, June 3). In all of 2016, there were a total of six albums that tumbled from No. 1 to out of the top 10 in their second week on the chart.

Radiohead, OK Computer: OKNOTOK 1997 2017 – No. 36 — The band’s reissue of its 1997 album takes a bow at No. 36 with 13,000 units earned (10,000 from traditional album sales), garnering the group its 10th top 40-charting release. The set was expanded with bonus tracks and offered in a variety of formats. The reissue tracks separately from the original album in Nielsen Music’s database and our charts. The original version of OK Computer debuted and peaked at No. 21 on the list dated July 19, 1997.


Joe Bonamassa, Live at Carnegie Hall: An Acoustic Evening – No. 64 — While Bonamassa’s latest live album bows at No. 64 on the Billboard 200, it also enters at No. 1 on the Top Blues Albums chart, giving the artist his 18th leader on the list. He extends his record for the most No. 1s in the 21-year history of the chart, and continues to distance himself from the acts in second place with the most No. 1s: B.B. King and Stevie Ray Vaughan (each has nine).

Soundtrack, Baby Driver No. 141 — The soundtrack to the film drives onto the chart at No. 141 with 5,000 units earned (nearly all from traditional album sales). The set is sure to zoom up the list next week, following the movie’s release in theaters on June 28 (as its debut on the chart reflects activity for the album in the week ending June 29).