Metal by Numbers: All hail the pale emperor

Posted by on January 28, 2015

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

The last time Marilyn Manson released an album, 2012’s Born Villain, it solid about 39,000 copies. He’s got the #6 album in the country right now, which sold more than 10,000 than that, putting it on par with his 2009 album, The High End of Low. There aren’t too many other artists that can sell the same as they did six years ago in this current climate. In the meantime, there seems to be a new currency on the charts – covers of Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space.” Hopefully Manson doesn’t decide to do one.


Notable Debuts: 

Marilyn Manson, The Pale Emperor (Loma Vista) #6, 49,000 sold

This is about 12,0o0 more than his last album, Born Villain, sold back in 2012. Given the amount that album sales have fallen in general, this is really impressive. It doesn’t hurt that it’s his best album in years, and he’s riding a lot of positive press.


Enter Shikari, The Mindsweep (Hopeless) #60, 3,900 sold

They recently did the best cover of the Game of Thrones since this one.


It Prevails , Perdition (Mediaskare) 250 sold

Not to be confused with I Prevail, but maybe they should do a Taylor Swift cover too.



Notable Sales:


AC/DC, Rock or Bust (Columbia) #26, 8,300 sold

This is starting to slow down a bit, but even with a 20% drop, it’s sold nearly 450,000 copies so far.


Foo Fighters, Sonic Highways (RCA) #54, 4,500 sold

One of the many reasons we back the Foos? Shouting out the new Venom album on their Facebook page this week.


Slipknot, .5: The Grey Chapter (Roadrunner) #75, 3,500 sold

This sells about the same as it did last week, and the tour with Lamb of God will help keep this going through the Summer.


In This Moment, Black Widow (Atlantic) #133, 2,200 sold

This has sold over 81,000 copies as of this week.


I Prevail, Heart Vs. Mind (Self-Released) #171, 1,600 sold

Another big drop for this metalcore band’s self-released EP, but most bands would kill to sell 12,000 copies of their music in three weeks.


The Pretty Reckless, Going To Hell (Razor & Tie) #170, 1,700 sold

This has sold almost 145,000 already, which is extremely impressive.


Seether, Isolate & Medicate (The Bicycle Music Company) #172, 1,650 sold

You can’t fight the Seether. God knows we’ve tried.


Godsmack, 1000hp (Universal Republic) #185, 1,500 sold

This crosses the 175,000 sold mark this week.


Antemasque, Antemasque (Nadie Sound) 750 sold

A monstrous 131% boost puts this at near 6,000 sold


Sylosis, Dormant Heart (Nuclear Blast)  550 sold

The band’s fourth album has a 69% second week drop.


Melvins, Ozma/Bullhead (Boner) 200 sold

One of two vinyl releases of EPs shows that their fans are devoted enough to support almost anything the band puts out.


Melvins, Eggnog/Lice-All (Boner) 500 sold

…Like the other one. Both albums sold more than double what they sold last week.


Amaranthe, Massive Addictive (Spinefarm) 350 sold

A 28% drop isn’t necessarily massive, but it’s not like people are addicted to it either.


Thank You Scientist, Maps of Non-Existent Places (Evil Ink) 325 sold

The slot of the Periphery tour keeps helping these guys out.


Wednesday 13, Monsters of the Univers: Come Out and Plague (Wednesday 13) 320 sold

This is actually Wednesday 13’s sixth solo album.


The Last Ten Seconds of Life, Soulless Hymns (Workhorse/Density) 300 sold

A pretty sizable 70% drop, but the tour with Upon a  Burning Body and Veil of Maya should help keep them top of mind, as should them being played on Sirius XM Liquid Metal.


Babymetal, Babymetal (VAP Japan) 275 sold

This sells about the same as it did last week, which is to say pretty solid given that it’s not technically out as a CD in the states.


Rival Sons, Great Western Valkyrie (Earache) 275 sold

Yeah, son. This sells almost the same as it did last week.


Panzer, Send Them All to Hell (Nuclear Blast) 270 sold

This German supergroup (also called “The German Panzer”) has a hell of a second week. Actually, it dropped, but it wasn’t a sizable drop.


Fugazi, First Demo (Dischord) 250 sold

This has sold about 6,800 copies so far, which is much more than it sold as a demo.


Our Last Night, Oak Island (Our Last Night)

This band’s two year old album has popped up back on the charts too. Why? Maybe because they did a cover of “Blank Space” too. Stop the insanity!



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