Advertisement

Music News

News > Music News > Metallica, Imagine Dragons, Linkin Park among 2017's top rock acts

Metallica, Imagine Dragons, Linkin Park among 2017's top rock acts

Photo by David Wolff - Patrick/Redferns | Getty Images

Metallica was the top-selling rock act of 2017, according to Nielsen Music's 2017 Year-End Music Report, while the band's 10th studio LP, Hardwired...To Self-Destruct, was the third best-selling rock record of the year. It was eclipsed only by albums from Imagine Dragons and Twenty One Pilots on Nielsen's Top Rock Albums chart. Metallica's overall Number One status was based on physical album sales, downloads and streaming totals.

Drummer Lars Ulrich said a while back that Metallica owes its success to doing things on its own terms: "Metallica, over the years, we kind of float around in our own little bubble. We do things our way, and sometimes we take some chances, and sometimes we play it safe and sometimes we're on the frontlines and sometimes, you know, we're on the second wave or whatever. But we kind of do it, you know, in our own little bubble."

  • Hardwired...To Self-Destruct sold more than 585,000 copies in 2017, with the tally since it came out last November at 1.1 million units.
  • The other artists on the chart measuring the year's top rock acts were Imagine Dragons at Number Two, the Beatles at Number ThreeLinkin Park in the fourth spot and Twenty One Pilots rounding out the Top Five.
  • Despite strong showings from all five acts, however, rock music as a whole experienced a decline in 2017. R&B and hip-hop became the most dominant genre in the U.S. for the first time ever, with nine of the Top 10 songs across all platforms coming from the category.
  • R&B and hip hop took a 24.5 percent total volume share as opposed to rock’s 20.8 percent share in physical and digital albums, digital track sales and on-demand audio streams. Physical sales and downloads decreased for all genres by nearly 20 percent last year, while streaming rocketed upwards by 58 percent from 2016.

 

READ: Get the full story at Blabbermouth

Related articles

A Perfect Circle has shared a 2D video for “TalkTalk,” the third single off their first album in 14 years, Eat The Elephant. The video is taken from...
Metallica and its charitable foundation, All Within My Hands, launched the first official "day of service" for fans and friends on Wednesday...
Although Pearl Jam recently released a new single, bassist Jeff Ament says they haven't really gotten to work on their new album yet and they are not pressuring themselves...
Linkin Park vocalist Mike Shinoda has released a new song called "Running From My Shadow," accompanied by a music video. While still...