Metal By Numbers 4/1: Welcome to the new and improved Metal By Numbers

Posted by on April 1, 2020

Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week.
I’ve been writing the Metal By Numbers column for about 7 1/2 years now, and I think it’s about time for change. Something’s been missing from this column and for years I haven’t been able to put my finger on it. Then I heard the song “Yummy” off of Justin Bieber’s new album Changes. That got me thinking about the song “Changes” by Black Sabbath. And then it hit me: we should really be including pop releases on MBN. So from here on out, you’ll be seeing sales numbers from releases from Bieber, Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, and much more more alongside the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Tool, and Slipknot. I know you faithful readers will greet this change with understanding and grace.
By the way, are we still celebrating April Fools’? Asking for a friend.
Notable Debuts:
Myrkur, Folkesange (Relapse)
Debut #25
2,475 sold
Myrkur’s third album, sells slightly less than its predecessor, but its her highest charting album yet.
Def Leppard, The Early Years 79-81 (UMC)
Debut #39
1,650 sold
This is a 5 disc set encompassing the band’s first two albums along with B-sides and rarities.
Heaven Shall Burn, Of Truth And Sacrifice (Century Media)
Debut #85
640 sold
This is the band’s ninth album.
Lucifer, Lucifer III (Century Media)
Debut #92
610 sold
This is the band’s third album.
Master Boot Record, Floppy Disk Overdrive (Metal Blade)
Debut #95
590 sold
This is the seventh album from this one-man industrial act.
Hyborian, Volume II(Season Of Mist)
130 sold
This is the band’s second album.
Notable Sales:
Ozzy Osbourne, Ordinary Man (Epic)
#17 (from 18)
3,275 sold
A 29% drop.
Five Finger Death Punch, F8(Better Noise)
#24 (from 17)
2,575 sold
A 43% drop.
Code Orange, Underneath (Roadrunner)
#34 (from 13)
1,875 sold
A 62% drop in week two.
Tool, Fear Inoculum (Tool Dissectional LLC/Volcano)
#61 (from 45)
970 sold
A 30% drop.
Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody(Hollywood)
#68 (from 77)
820 sold
A 14% drop.
Slipknot, We Are Not Your Kind (Roadrunner)
#102 (from 118)
550 sold
A 12% drop.
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Greatest Hits(Sony Legacy)
#103 (from 162)
540 sold
A 20% boost.
Skillet, Victorious(Atlantic)
#108 (from 169)
520 sold
A 18% boost.

Body Count, Carnivore(Century Media)
#115 (from 57)
500 sold

A 58% drop.



Breaking Benjamin, Aurora (Hollywood)
#118 (from 100)
480 sold
A 34% drop.
KoRn, The Nothing (Roadrunner)
#122 (re-entry)
480 sold
A 34% boost back up.
Beneath The Massacre, Fearmonger (Century Media)
#150 (re-entry)
400 sold
This gets boosted way back up.
The Hu, The Gereg(Eleven Seven)
#162 (from 178)
360 sold
A 15% drop.
#162 (entry)
360 sold
So I just spent the last 10 minutes trying to find out why Skid Row’s self-titled debut was on the top current albums chart (which is the most amount of time I’ve ever devoted to Skid Row). Apparently a 30th anniversary edition came out a year ago and I guess it’s only just appeared.

The Amity Affliction, Everyone Loves You…Once You Leave Them (Pure Noise)
#186 (from 161)
300 sold

A 35% drop.




Shinedown, Attention Attention (Atlantic)
#197 (re-entry)
270 sold
This pops up again almost 2 years after its debut.
Lingua Ignota, Caligula (Profound Lore)
180 sold
One of my favorite albums from 2019 gets a 88% boost back up.
Stitched Up Heart, Darkness(Another Century)
170 sold
A 80% drop in week two.
Intronaut, Fluid Existential Inversions (Metal Blade)
120 sold
A 39% drop.
Blood Incantation, Hidden History Of The Human Race (Dark Descent)
120 sold
A 62% boost back up.
Human Impact, Human Impact(Ipecac)
110 sold
A 75% drop in week two.
Gatecreeper, Deserted (Relapse)
100 sold
A 73% boost up.
Huntsmen, Mandala Of Fear(Prosthetic)
100 sold
A 52% second week drop.
Dark Fortress, Spectres From The Old World(Century Media)
100 sold
A 71% drop.
My Dying Bride, The Ghost Of Orion (Nuclear Blast)
100 sold
A 78% drop.

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