Metallica started a two week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with their ninth album 'Death Magnetic'.
Death Magnetic is the ninth studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica, released on September 12, 2008 through Warner Bros. Records. It was the band's first album to be produced by Rick Rubin, making this Metallica's first album since 1988's.And Justice for All that was not produced by Bob Rock. The album received mostly positive reviews upon release, with critics describing it as a return to the musical style of their early albums.
Musically, the album is a radical departure from Metallica's previous album, St. Anger, which featured no guitar solos and a more modern sound.Death Magnetic, on the other hand, features very long, technical guitar solos from both Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield, marking a return to the band's thrash metal roots. The album was also the band's first album released through Warner Bros. Records, although they still remain with Warner Music Group, which also owns their previous label, Elektra Records. Outside of North America, they are distributed through Universal Music Group as they remain signed to Vertigo Records in the UK. The album is also the band's fifth consecutive studio album to debut at number 1 on the Billboard200 in the U.S., making Metallica the first band ever to do so.
Death Magnetic and its songs were nominated for five Grammy Awards, winning "Best Recording Package" and "Best Metal Performance" for "My Apocalypse" at the 51st Grammy Awards on February 8, 2009, on which Rick Rubin also received the award as "Producer of the Year, Non-Classical". The album was also nominated for Best Rock Album and "Suicide & Redemption" for Best Rock Instrumental Performance at the 51st Grammys, and "The Unforgiven III" was up for Best Hard Rock Performance the following year. Death Magnetic was awarded "Best Album" in theKerrang! Awards 2009.
Death Magnetic debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 490,000 copies in just three days of availability. It is the band's fifth consecutive studio album to debut at number 1, making Metallica the first band to have five consecutive studio album releases to do so. The album marked the highest first week sales for the group since 1996's Load.
According to Billboard Magazine, in the September 27, 2008 issue, Death Magnetic landed at number 1 on the following ten charts: Billboard Top 200, Billboard Comprehensive Albums, Top Rock Albums, Top Hard Rock Albums, Top Modern Rock/Alternative Albums, Top Digital Albums, Top Internet Albums, Top European Albums, Tastemakers, and Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks("The Day That Never Comes"). The album stayed at number one for three consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200. The album spent 50 consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200 chart. Internationally, the album peaked at number 1 in 34 countries, including Ireland, UK, Canada, and Australia.
According to The Rock (a New Zealand radio station) the album became platinum on the first day of its release in New Zealand. In addition, nearly 60,000 copies were sold digitally, making it debut at number 1 on the Digital Album chart. The album debuted at number 1 in the UK albums chart after just three days of availability, selling 75,164 copies. The album remained at number 1 for two weeks and has sold over 150,000 copies to date. In Canada, Death Magnetic debuted at number 1 on the Canadian Albums Chart. The album sold 81,000 copies in its first week, making it the second best-selling debut album of 2008 in Canada. It remained the #1 album for four consecutive weeks. The album was certified 4x Platinum in Canada in October 2009.
In Australia, Death Magnetic was the fastest selling album of 2008, selling 55,877 copies in its first full week of release. Death Magnetic was Australia's highest-selling record in one week sinceAustralian Idol winner Damien Leith's The Winner's Journey, in December 2006. The same success was repeated in Germany, where Death Magnetic has become the fastest selling album of 2008. Within the first three days of the album's release, Death Magnetic sold over 100,000 copies and has been certified platinum. According to reports, Death Magnetic is outselling competitors in Russia and Turkey, two countries which don't have an official album chart.
In Finland, during the second week of January 2009, Death Magnetic jumped eighteen spots back up to number 1 on that country's album charts within one week.As of August 2010 the album has sold more than 4.5 million copies worldwide.
Death Magnetic was certified double platinum (2,000,000 units sold) by the RIAA on June 28, 2010.