Metal By Numbers 12/7: Black (album) Friday sales

Posted by on December 7, 2016


Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.

We now come to the time of year on Metal By Numbers where list of debuts grows very small. This week feels particularly bare after Metallica’s album sales were revealed last week. But we’ve also come to the time of year where Metal Insider and our fellow metal websites scrape together our best of 2016 lists for your viewing pleasures, which is always fun to do. And we’ve also also come to the time of year were many of these sales are a result of Black Friday, which included 70,000 something people running out to buy the new Metallica album and some 5,000 of those people decided to pick up The Black Album as well because why not? There won’t be much action on here until next year. Hard to believe we’re already looking ahead to what music we’re in for next year, but 2016 is going to be a tough act to follow musically.



Notable Debuts:

WitcheryWitchery, In His Infernal Majesty’s Service (Century Media)
680 sold

This is the band’s first studio album in six years.






oniONI, Ironshore (Metal Blade)
230 sold

This is the debut album from this progressive death metal act.






napalm-deathNapalm Death / Melt Banana, Like Piss to a Sting (Ipecac)
220 sold

This is a Black Friday 7″ split.






Notable Sales:

metallicahardwiredMetallica, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (Blackened)
#3 (from 1)
70,700 sold

Metallica have the best second week of any metal album this year by sticking in the top 5.





trans-siberian-orchestraTrans-Siberian Orchestra, The Ghosts of Christmas Eve (Rhino Atlantic)
#34 (from 37)
11,275 sold

A boost of 32% makes for a holly jolly Christmas.





avengedsevenfoldthestageAvenged Sevenfold, The Stage (Capitol)
#48 (from 30)
8,300 sold

A 21% drop, but let me know when your band’s latest album sells 116,000 in a month.





skilletunleashedcdSkillet, Unleashed (Atlantic)
#63 (from 90)
6,150 sold

This continues its climb back up the charts with a 42% boost.





Korn-The_Serenity_of_Suffering-album_coverKorn, The Serenity of Suffering (Roadrunner)
#77 (from 68)
5,000 sold

A 12% drop isn’t so serene.





disturbed_ immortalized__album_cover_2015

Disturbed, Immortalized (Reprise)
#99 (from 102)
3,600 sold

A 2% boost is another drop in the bucket.





sixx-amSixx:A.M., Prayers for the Blessed Vol. 2 (Eleven Seven)
#104 (from 17)
3,350 sold

A seventy sixx percent drop in week two (yes I wrote that number out specifically for the joke).





highlysuspectboywhocriedcdHighly Suspect, The Boy Who Died Wolf (300 Entertainment)
#137 (from 15)

This drops by 86% in week two, but maybe that Grammy nomination will help.





ffdprsdFive Finger Death Punch, Got Your Six (Prospect Park)
#139 (from 143)
2,225 sold

Don’t got a six, but a 5% drop instead.





I Prevail - LifelinesI Prevail, Lifelines (Fearless)
#146 (from 161)
2,150 sold

A boost 6% shows signs of life.





prettyrecklesswhoyousellingcd_0The Pretty Reckless, Who You Selling For (Razor & Tie)
#150 (from 152)
2,125 sold

A slight drop of 3%.





disturbedredrocksDisturbed, Live at Red Rocks (Reprise)
#157 (from 45)
2,000 sold

Disturbed’s live album dropped by 74%, but considering their latest LP is still on here, I’m sure they’re fine.




Lamb of God - The DukeLamb of God, The Duke EP (Epic)
#163 (from 40)
1,900 sold

A 77% drop for The Duke in week two.





volbeat_sealthedealVolbeat, Seal the Deal & Let’s Boogie (Universal)
#187 (re-entry)
1,625 sold

A 20% boost brings this back up.





shinedown - threat to survivalShinedown, Threat To Survival (Atlantic)
#195 (re-entry)
1,550 sold

This continues to drop on and off the charts.





darktranquillityatomacdDark Tranquillity, Atoma (Century Media)
390 sold

A tiny drop of 7% isn’t so dark.





epicaholographicEpica, The Holographic Principle (Nuclear Blast)
360 sold

This gets a boost of 19%.






Ice Nine KillsIce Nine Kills, Every Trick In The Book (Fearless)
290 sold

This pops up once again after a big possibly Black Friday related boost.






hammerfallHammerfall, Built to Last (Napalm)
250 sold

A lucky 7% boost.






glennhughesresonatecdGlenn Hughes, Resonate (Frontiers)
250 sold

A 6% drop.






amaranthe - maximalismAmaranthe, Maximalism (Spinefarm)
220 sold

A 26% drop to the max.






darkthrone-artic-thunderDarkthrone, Arctic Thunder (Peaceville)
220 sold

A slight boost of 8%.






Serpentine DominionSerpentine Dominion, Serpentine Dominion (Metal Blade)
210 sold

A 25% drop doesn’t dominate.



geminisyndromemementomoriGemini Syndrome, Memento Mori (Another Century)
190 sold

This has popped back up again as well.



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