Metal By Numbers 6/2: Sales Have Gone Completely Gaga

Posted by on June 2, 2011

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

It is simply amazing in this day and age that a metalcore band like For The Fallen Dreams can sell 1.1 million copies. I mean seriously! Sure, they probably have gained a lot of attention with their outrageous image, their non-stop TV and public appearances, and that 99 cent sale at Amazon… oh, wait a second………..never mind. Sorry. That was Lady Gaga, and when you think about it, as awesome as 1.1 million copies is, when it’s such a uperstar release and the album was sold via Amazon for only 99 cents for two days, that’s kind of a low number (even though Amazon wound up paying the label full price, or about $7.40).

Notable Debuts:

For the Fallen Dreams, Back Burner (Rise) #151, 2,990 sold
So the metalcore group’s third album sold nowhere near as well as Lady Gaga’s new album, but still a pretty solid first week for a band we’re not that familiar with. Also a solid first week considering it’s the band’s first time on the top 200.

Boris, Heavy Rocks (Sargent House) 1,790 sold
Anyone else wonder whether fans of the experimental Japanese rockers mistook their latest album with their 2002 album of the same name? Either way, pretty impressive.

Cave In, White Silence (Hydra Head) 1,320 sold

This marks the band’s first full length album of original material since coming back from a three year hiatus in 2009. With that in mind, you’d somewhat think that sales would be a little higher, but it’s still a solid number for  Hydra Head band.


Notable Sales:

Seether, Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray (Wind-Up) #11, 23,490 sold
A 62% decrease in their second week. On a side note, who would’ve thought that these guys are Sepultura fans?!


Foo Fighters, Wasting Light (RCA) #30, 13,860 sold
How will the Foo Fighters be able to top the videos for “White Limo” and “Rope”? Find out when they debut the video for “Walk”.

Hollywood Undead, American Tragedy (A&M/Octone) #57, 7,730 sold
The rapcore princes experiences a 9% increase after eight weeks.

Kid Rock, Born Free (Atlantic) #79, 5,600 sold
Still in the top 80 even after 28 weeks on the charts. And it’s not like he’s really had a hit song off this album yet, either.

Avenged Sevenfold, Nightmare (Warner Bros.) #104, 4,110 sold
Anyone catch the Revolver Golden Gods Award Show telecast on VH1 Classic this past weekend?

Sixx:A.M., This is Gonna Hurt (Eleven Seven) #107, 4,040 sold
Another 27% decrease for Nikki Sixx and crew in their fourth week doesn’t hurt them too much.

Five Finger Death Punch, War is the Answer (Prospect Park) #131, 3,430 sold
This marks the 88th week that FFDP has been on the charts. We feel like we should buy them some sort of gift for their 90th week.

A Day To Remember, What Separates Me from You (Victory) #154, 2,970 sold
After a month off the charts, ADTR make a major return to the charts.

Asking Alexandria, Reckless and Relentless (Sumerian) # 157, 2,940 sold
A 17% increase sees the metalcore group jump 40 spots up the charts.

Hank Williams III, Hillbilly Joker (Curb) #175, 2,680 sold
A major 63% decrease isn’t too bad when you consider that the Superjoint Ritual/Assjack member (and grandson of Hank Williams) told fans not to buy the album.

Disturbed, Asylum (Reprise) #180, 2,640 sold
A few spots up the charts, yet they barely budge in sales from last week.

Black Label Society, The Song Remains Not the Same (eOne) #180, 2,640 sold
BLS’ unplugged companion piece to Order Of The Black ties with Disturbed in its third week.

Linkin Park, A Thousand Suns (Warner Bros.) #190, 2,560 sold
The band’s new video for “Iridescent” will debut soon. Excited?…Anyone?

Bullet For My Valentine, Fever (Jive) #195, 2,540 sold
The last time we saw this album on the charts was in October…how the hell did it reappear on the charts after so long?!

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