Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
So Megadeth’s Dystopia is the big star this week and the first major release of 2016. It’s in the top five and it’s the second highest debut of the band’s (or Mustaine’s, I should say) career, so there’s much to be celebrated. But, to be honest, I’m more distracted by the hot new compilation Now That’s What I Call Rock. It just find it so amusing. Remember when these albums had commercials? On actual television? Do they even still do that? And when are they going to take it a step further and put out Now That’s What I Call Kvlt Metal? Rev up that Kickstarter and take my dollars.
(Note: The actual chart positions are missing from this week’s MBN are missing. Why? Whatever reason you want. That’s the power of free will.)
Megadeth, Dystopia (UMe) 48,000 sold
Megadeth’s fifteenth album is its second highest charting album ever following Countdown To Extinction.
Various Artists, Now That’s What I Call Rock (Sony) 4,600 sold
You know, it’s been awhile since we had some kind of random compilation on here. So just for kicks, let’s track this Now album that lets you hear Seether, Breaking Benjamin, and, uh, Walk The Moon all on one disc (two actually).
Abbath, Abbath (Season of Mist) 2,600 sold
The self-titled solo debut has an excellent first week.
Failure Anthem, First World Problems (Razor & Tie) 1,500 sold
This is the band’s debut album and, yes, that’s the actual title.
Borknagar, Winter Thrice (Century Media) 1,000 sold
This is the band’s tenth album.
Lionheart, Love Don’t Live Here (Fast Break) 500 sold
The band’s fourth album makes its debut.
Ulver, ATGCLVLSSCAP (House of Mythology) 250 sold
The band’s twelfth album is probably their most experimental yet.
Disturbed, Immortalized (Reprise) 4,900 sold
This has reached 255,000 sold.
Shinedown, Threat To Survival (Atlantic) 3,300 sold
This gets a boost of 28%.
Five Finger Death Punch, Got Your Six (Prospect Park) 3,200 sold
This drops by 10%.
Red, Of Beauty and Rage (Essential) 1,800 sold
A 39% drop after a series of boosts.
Breaking Benjamin, Dark Before Dawn (Hollywood) 1,600 sold
It got a little dark after a 14% drop.
Bring Me The Horizon, That’s The Spirit (Columbia) 1,600 sold
A 7% drop.
Witchcraft, Nucleus (Nuclear Blast) 2,100 sold
A 71% drop in week two.
Red Sun Rising, Polyester Zeal (Razor & Tie) 450 sold
Rise up for a 33% boost.
Exmortus, Ride Forth (Prosthetic) 300 sold
Riding on a 25% drop.
Ice Nine Kills, Every Trick In The Book (Fearless) 200 sold
This booked it towards a 33% drop.
Wage War, Blueprints (Fearless) 200 sold
A 33% drop can make you blue.
Ignite, A War Against You (Century Media) 200 sold
Warring against a 33% drop.
Metal Allegiance, Metal Allegiance (Nuclear Blast) 200 sold
This sold the same as last week.