Metal By Numbers 12/18: A decade of album sales

Posted by on December 18, 2019

Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
In two weeks, we’ll officially be in the 2020’s. I know you’re all asking the important question: where do metal music and album sales go from here? I don’t have an answer for either. Back in 2010, I was a kid just busy worshipping the likes of Maiden and Sabbath and could never imagine all the different kinds of music that I’d find my way to over the next 10 years. But I still worship Maiden and Sabbath, so that hasn’t changed. I also never imagined I would one day not only be writing a weekly column about album sales every week, but that some people would actually read it, even if all they want to know is “Why is (insert band name here) not listed?” or “How much did (insert album from a year and a half ago) sell?”. So hey, thanks for reading.
Notable Debuts:
Nightwish, Decades: Live In Buenos Aires (Nuclear Blast)
Debut #173
900 sold
This is the band’s sixth live album.
Dead Crown, Crucify Me (Stay Sick)
Debut #182
850 sold
This is the band’s debut album. Not to be confused with the French black metal band of the same name.
Disembodied, Transfiguration (Good Fight)
280 sold
This collection includes the band’s two studio albums and one EP.
Fen, The Dead Light (Prophecy)
230 sold
This is the band’s sixth album.
Notable Sales:
Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody(Hollywood)
#16 (from 22)
5,975 sold
A 7% boost.
Cattle Decapitation, Death Atlas (Metal Blade)
#63 (from 9)
2,250 sold
A 72% drop in week two.
Tool, Fear Inoculum (Tool Dissectional LLC/Volcano)
#70 (from 32)
2,150 sold
A 47% drop.
Slipknot, We Are Not Your Kind (Roadrunner)
#95 (from #102)
1,575 sold
A 11% boost.
Greta Van Fleet, Anthem of the Peaceful Army (Lava/Republic)
#117 (from 167)
1,225 sold
A 28% boost.
Skillet, Victorious(Atlantic)
#120 (from 176)
1,225 sold
A 36% boost.
KoRn, The Nothing (Roadrunner)
#132 (from 126)
1,125 sold
A 8% drop.
The Hu, The Gereg(Eleven Seven)
#150 (re-entry)
1,000 sold
A 29% boost up.
Bad Wolves, N.A.T.I.O.N.(Eleven Seven)
#166 (from 174)
930 sold
A 3% boost.
Mötley Crüe, The Dirt Soundtrack (Eleven Seven)
#172 (from 158)
900 sold
A 11% drop.
Alter Bridge, Walk The Sky(Napalm)
#180 (from 185)
860 sold
A 2% boost.
Rob Halford With Family & Friends, Celestial(Legacy)
720 sold
A boost of 56%.
Jinjer, Macro (Napalm)
450 sold
A 52% drop.
Blood Incantation, Hidden History Of The Human Race (Dark Descent)
450 sold
A drop of 81%.
Mayhem, Daemon (Century Media)
330 sold
A 23% drop.
BAND-MAID, Conquerer (Revolver)
330 sold
A 42% drop in week two.
Lindemann, F & M (Vertigo)
320 sold
A 33% drop.
Black Smoke Trigger, Set It Off(Self-Released)
300 sold
A 36% drop.
Daughters, You Won’t Get What You Want (Ipecac)
240 sold
A 28% boost.
Nile, Vile Nilotic Rites(Nuclear Blast)
200 sold
A 5% boost.
Obsequiae, Palms of Sorrowed Kings(20 Buck Spin)
200 sold
A 8% boost.
Rival Sons, Feral Roots(Atlantic)
200 sold
This got a 93% boost back up.
Fire From The Gods, American Sun (E7)
180 sold
A 6% drop.
Gatecreeper, Deserted (Relapse)
170 sold
A 14% drop.
Leah, Ancient Winter (Ex Cathedra)
170 sold
A boost of 9%.
Sleep Token, Sundowning (Spinefarm)
170 sold
This dropped off last week, then got boosted back up by 24%.
Blind Guardian’s Twilight Orchestra, Legacy Of The Lands (Nuclear Blast)
170 sold
A 27% drop.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Fishing For Fishies(ATO)
160 sold
A 8% boost.

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