Looks like Metallica is hardwired to succeed.
The band achieved their sixth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 Monday with their latest release Hardwired… to Self-Destruct. After the collection came out on Nov. 18, the record earned 291,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Nov. 24. This is Metallica’s first studio album since Death Magnetic (2008). Hardwired is the third-largest debut of 2016 behind Drake’s Views (1.04 million units) and Beyonce’s Lemonade (653,000 units). It also sold more in its first week than any rock album in two and a half years, Billboard reports.
Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic and Miranda Lambert’sThe Weight of These Wings debuted at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively. Mars hit 231,000 units and Lambert hit 133,000. In EW’s A review of 24K Magic, Eric Renner Brown writes, “Perhaps more than any of his Top 40 peers, attention to detail and world-class chops are what makes Mars’ music tick; those qualities enable “24K Magic” to practically levitate, from its vocoder-channeled opening call to the dancefloor to its ebullient chorus.” EW gave The Weight of These Wings an A-, and in her review, Leah Greenblatt writes, “These 24 songs—notably free of slick production and special guests—do feel like a sort of emotional jailbreak, restless open-road anthems and raw-nerved confessionals written by a woman with her hands on the wheel and no particular desire for a steady plus-one in the passenger seat.”