Metal By Numbers 9/28: I want to be a Popestar

Posted by on September 28, 2016



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

Not every band can hit the top 10 with just an EP, especially one that is more or less on par with an LP released last year. But Ghost have come quite a long way three albums into their career and, if I may gush, it makes me so damn happy to see a band that many viewed as a mere novelty reach such great heights not only in the metal scene, but in today’s music scene in general. Also, Ghost covering Eurythmics is one of the best covers to happy this year in my humble opinion. The biggest-selling album this week in terms of physical albums belongs to Staind frontman Aaron Lewis, whose Sinner wold an amazing 42,000 copies. Also, in weekly Metallica, the Black Album sold another 4,500 copies


Notable Debuts:

Ghost, Popestar (Lorna Vista)
Debut #6
20,950 sold

Ghost’s new EP reached the same chart position as last year’s Meliora and is the band’s second-best debut. Not bad for a release with only one original track (but damn is it good).



led-zeppelinLed Zeppelin, Complete BBC Sessions (Rhino)
Debut #10
13,850 sold

A top ten debut for another Led Zep compilation.





knocked-looseKnocked Loose, Laugh Tracks (Pure Noise)
Debut #47
4,150 sold

This is a solid top 50 debut for the band’s first LP.





touche-amoreTouché Amoré, Stage Four (Epitaph)
Debut #51
4,050 sold

The band’s fourth album and its first on Epitaph and is the the band’s highest debut yet.





King 810 La Petit MortKing 810, La Petit Mort or A Conversation with God (Roadrunner)
Debut #90
2,500 sold

The band’s sophomore LP manages to outdo its predecessor.





turnstileTurnstile, Move Thru Me (Roadrunner)
Debut #183
1,100 sold

This is the hardcore punk act’s debut album.





Brujeria Pocho AztlanBrujeria, Pocho Aztlan (Nuclear Blast)
Debut #187
1,075 sold

The band’s fourth album is their first LP in sixteen years.





Heaven Shall Burn WandererHeaven Shall Burn, Wanderer (Century Media)
930 sold

This is the German band’s eighth album.






to-speak-of-wolvesTo Speak of Wolves, New Bones (Cardigan)
620 sold

This new EP from the Christian metalcore act is their first release since 2012.






warzoneWarzone, Don’t Forget The Struggle, Don’t Forget The Streets (Revelation)
540 sold

This is a reissue of the band’s formerly out of print album from 1987.






sumerlandsSumerlands, Sumerlands (Relapse)
430 sold

This is the debut album from this Philly metal band.






Inanimate ExistenceInanimate Existence, Calling from a Dream (Unique Leader)
250 sold

This is the band’s third LP.






shokranShokran, Exodus (Self-Released)
220 sold

This is the second album from the Russian metal band.





Notable Sales:

a-day-to-rememberA Day To Remember, Bad Vibrations (ADTR)
#32 (from 15)
4,800 sold

A 60% drop with nearly 80,000 sold.





skilletunleashedcdSkillet, Unleashed (Atlantic)
#50 (from 44)
4,075 sold

Just under 100,000 sold.





disturbed_ immortalized__album_cover_2015

Disturbed, Immortalized (Reprise)
#75 (from 70 )
2,850 sold

Though it’s technically a few weeks off according to Soundscan, Immortalized has become yet another gold record for Disturbed.





ghost-meliora-album-artGhost, Meliora (Loma Vista)
#95 (re-entry)
2,325 sold

Ghost’s LP re-entered the charts thanks to the release of Popestar, which is being bundled with Meliora as a deluxe edition. It has sold over 96,000 copies.




DTP TranscendenceDevin Townsend Project, Transcendence (InsideOut)
#96 (from 38)
2,325 sold

A 58% drop in week two.





ofmiceandmenOf Mice & Men, Cold World (Rise)
#98 (from 13)
2,300 sold

This takes a steep 88% drop in week two.





ffdprsdFive Finger Death Punch, Got Your Six (Prospect Park)
#105 (from 100)
2,100 sold

Over 395,000 sold.





volbeat_sealthedealVolbeat, Seal the Deal & Let’s Boogie (Universal)
#106 (from 127)
2,100 sold

Touring has boosted this up by 31% even though we saw Rob Caggiano at the Metallica show last night.





breakingbenjaminBreaking Benjamin, Dark Before Dawn (Hollywood)
#156 (re-entry)
1,275 sold

A 69% boost brings this back up again.





Pierce_The_Veil_-_Misadventures_usePierce the Veil, Misadventures (Fearless)
#168 (re-entry)
1,175 sold

A 23% boost yields another re-entry on the charts.





normajeanpolarsimilarNorma Jean, Polar Similar (Solid State)
#170 (from 29)
1,175 sold

An 85% drop going polar south.





chevellenorthcorridorcdChevelle, The North Corridor (Epic)
#176 (from 184)
1,125 sold

An 8% boost.





prophets of rageProphets of Rage, The Party’s Over (Prophets of Rage)
#196 (from 125)
1,025 sold

A 36% drop is a reason to rage.





geminisyndromemementomoriGemini Syndrome, Memento Mori (Another Century)
630 sold

A 31% boost back up.






Twelve_Foot_Ninja_OutlierTwelve Foot Ninja, Outlier (Volkanik)
440 sold

A 29% boost. Go, ninja, go!






RSR_PZ_2400_REVRed Sun Rising, Polyester Zeal (Razor & Tie)
390 sold

A 52% rise.






evergrey_thestormwithinEvergrey, The Storm Within (AFM)
340 sold

A 70% drop storms in.






fire from the godsFire From the Gods, Narrative (Rise)
300 sold

A 54% drop isn’t so hot.






Delain - MoonbathersDelain, Moonbathers (Napalm)
340 sold

A 20% drop.






Inquisition-Bloodshed-AcrossInquisition, Bloodshed Across the Empyrean Altar Beyond the Celestial Zenith (Season of Mist)
290 sold

A tiny 5% drop is…you know, there’s too many words in this album title to choose a pun from.






sylarSylar, Help! (Hopeless)
280 sold

This might need some help after a 24% drop.







letters-from-the-fireLetters From The Fire, Worth the Pain (Sand Hill)
270 sold

A 72% second week drop.






rivalsonshollowbonescdRival Sons, Hollow Bones (Earache)
260 sold

Another 12% drop.






Ice Nine KillsIce Nine Kills, Every Trick In The Book (Fearless)
230 sold

A teeny tiny 1% drop.






ErraErra, Drift (Sumerian)
230 sold

This drifted up to a 20% boost.

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