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

As is typical of the New Year, we don’t have any debuts this week. That’s soon to change, but for now all we have to tell you is that Taylor Swift is still number 1 on the charts and that AC/DC is still the top-selling band on here. Yeah, nothing new thus far, but things will get interesting in 2015 as it’s the first full year we’ll be taking streaming into account for sales. In addition, as the holiday shopping and gift card bounce is over, sales generally fell this week. So, take a look, Happy New Year, and try not to freeze to death.


Notable Sales:


AC/DC, Rock or Bust (Columbia) #17, 17,300 sold

A 70% drop doesn’t bring this album down far in its fifth week of sales.


Foo Fighters, Sonic Highways (RCA) #27, 11,075 sold

A 65% drop as this crosses the 400,000 mark.


Slipknot, .5: The Grey Chapter (Roadrunner) #56, 6,000 sold

In case you missed it, this album picked up the number seven spot on our combined top 10 albums of 2014.


In This Moment, Black Widow (Atlantic) #99, 3,675 sold

A 40% drop for the album that is decidedly not about Scarlett Johansson.


Black Veil Brides, Black Veil Brides (Republic) #123, 2,975 sold

At week 10, this takes a 56% drop.


Godsmack, 1000hp (Universal Republic) #136, 2,625 sold

This has sold over 170,000 copies total.


Seether, Isolate & Medicate (The Bicycle Music Company) #140, 2,550 sold

This got bumped back onto the charts last week.


Five Finger Death Punch, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Vol. 1 (Prospect Park) #142, 2,500 sold

A 46% drop for the album that’s probably going to still be on here when the band’s next one comes out.


Various Artists, Punk Goes Pop, Vol. 6 (Fearless) #174, 2,025 sold

This also popped back up on the charts…for some reason.


The Pretty Reckless, Going To Hell (Razor & Tie) #176, 2,000 sold

This also makes its way back to the charts.


Avenged Sevenfold, Hail To The King (Warner Bros.) #186, 1,850 sold

A 50% drop.


Linkin Park, The Hunting Party (Warner Bros.) #189, 1,800 sold

Hunting for a 59% drop.


Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, World On Fire (Dik Hayd) #193, 1,775 sold

Sales are slashed with a 41% drop


I Prevail, Heart Vs. Mind (Self-Released) 950 sold

When your band is best known for a Taylor Swift cover, you’re doing it wrong. Or maybe right. We don’t know.


Amaranthe, Massive Addictive (Spinefarm) 600 sold

Sales don’t change much as this crosses the 10,000 mark.


Melvins, Hold It In (Ipecac) 330 sold

Mevlins have also reappeared on the charts since the last edition of MBN.


Fugazi, First Demo (Dischord) 675 sold

After a 56% drop, this is still hanging in there.


Rival Sons, Great Western Valkyrie (Earache) 310 sold

This is still nabbing some sales  as popularity grows.


Rings of Saturn, Lugan Ki En (Unique Leader) 290 sold

A 43% drop.


Texas Hippie Coalition, Ride On (10 Spot) 280 sold

Not only does this ride on, it holds on after a 28% drop.


Bloodbath, Grand Morbid Funeral (Peaceville) 260 sold

This crosses the 4,000 sold mark.


Revocation, Deathless (Metal Blade) 250 sold

A 35% drop.


Antemasque, Antemasque (Nadie Sound) 400 sold

This drops 51%.


Sanctuary, The Year The Sun Died (Century Media) 220 sold

All things considered, this has had a pretty good run.


King 810, Memoirs of a Murderer (Roadrunner) 220 sold

These guys got a fair amount of a attention last year, so we’ll see if that carries over in 2015.


Triptykon, Melana Chasmata (Century Media) 210 sold

This made its way back onto MBN after a long absence.


Stars In Stereo, Leave Your Mark (Hundred Handed) 210 sold

This also made its way back on after dropping off last week.