Metal By Numbers 9/14: Hanks A Lot

Posted by on September 14, 2011

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

This week Hank III has the top 200 on lockdown! It’s ambitious for anyone to put out three albums in the same week, but not only did Hank Willams Jr’s kid do that, but all of them charted, with the country/psychobilly/whatever else artist moving over 13,000 copies of the releases. Aside from him, there’s precious little in the debut column, and very little rock music anywhere else within the top 50, or really, the whole rest of the charts. So business as usual, basically.

Notable Debuts:

Hank III, Ghost To a Ghost/Gutter Town (Megaforce) #47, 8,050 sold
This is a double album that’s part country, part cajun and features Tom Waits on it.

Aerosmith, Essential Aerosmith 3.0 (Sony) #94, 4,300 sold
And by “essential,” they mean “it’s essential that we soak customers that still buy CDs one last time, even though we added a third disc with only six songs to 2002’s O Yeah: Ultimate Aerosmith Hits comp.”

Oh  Sleeper, Children of Fire (Solid State) #122, 3,482 sold
Oh Sleeper you’re so fine, you’re so fine you blow my mind Oh Sleeper! Oh Sleeper!

Hank III, Hank III’s Attention Deficit Domination (Megaforce) #144, 2,850 sold
This is his “doom” album

Hank III’s Bar Ranch, Cattle Callin’ (Megaforce) #167, 2,400 sold
From what I understand, this album consists of an auctioneer and some guitar noodling. And that’s it.

Notable Sales:

Foo Fighters, Wasting Light (RCA) #73, 5,400 sold
After 22 weeks , the band have a 19% drop, but they’ll stick around.

Breaking Benjamin, Shallow Bay: The Best Of Breaking Benjamin (Hollywood) #99, 4,000 sold
Why a double greatest hits album after only four hours? Why not just throw the other two discs in there and have a box set?

Kid Rock, Born Free (Atlantic) #101, 3,800 sold
This album should become the latest in a string of platinum (at least) albums for Kid next week.

Hollywood Undead, American Tragedy (A&M/Octone) #140, 2,900 sold
It’s not like these guys need to keep wearing masks – they’d be anonymous even if they didnt.

Avenged Sevenfold, Nightmare (Warner Bros.) #142, 2,875 sold
This has been on the charts for 59 weeks now. Hard to believe that there were almost 3,000 people that just got around to buying it this week.

Trivium, In Waves (Roadrunner) #156, 2,890 sold
Five weeks in, and the band have sold almost 40,000 copies. If they keep touring, this should sell consistently.

Volbeat, Beyond Hell/Above Heaven (Universal) 900 sold
This is great artist development. After a solid amount of touring, and great word of mouth, the band are selling about the same amount as they did last week almost a year into the album cycle.

Jasta, Jasta (eOne) 400 sold
Inching towards 10,000 sold. Is it a coincidence that Hatebreed announced a tour this week?

Stray From the Path, Rising Sun (Sumerian) 325 sold
A pretty huge 76% drop isn’t quite the path these guys probably wanted to be on.

Revocation, Chaos of Forms (Relapse) 325 sold
A very solid 22% increase puts the band back on the charts for a third week.

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