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Metallica, Linkin Park maintain strong sales halfway through 2017

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Metallica and Linkin Park are two of the major rock acts who have continued to sell albums according to mid-year charts released by Nielsen, which tracks music sales through its SoundScan retail software. Metallica topped two of the sales lists with its Hardwired… To Self-Destruct album, finishing at Number One on the Top 10 Rock Albums chart, which counts physical and digital sales as well as streams. The LP also topped the Mid-Year Top 10 Selling Rock Albums, which is based on pure album sales.

  • Hardwired tallied 540,000 units on the first chart in the period between December 30th, 2016 and June 29th, 2017, finishing just ahead of Twenty One Pilots’ Blurryface and the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 soundtrack. On the second survey, Metallica sold 487,000 units.
  • Guitarist Kirk Hammett says that Metallica doesn't take record sales for granted these days: "Just because we're one of the biggest bands in the world doesn't mean we're gonna sell biggest band in the world record numbers. In the past, we have not shifted, you know, the numbers that we expected to and, you know, it's left us shaking our heads thinking, 'Why?' But you know, at the end of the day, you just have to live with your participation in that and knowing that you've done the best that you possibly could. That's good enough."
  • Linkin Park's One More Light landed at Number Six on the Top 10 Selling Rock Albums chart, selling 130,000 copies.
  • Linkin Park also scored on the Mid-Year Top 10 Selling Digital Rock Songs chart, with the song “Heavy” placing second for the year with 361,000 units sold. That was well behind Imagine Dragons’ “Believer” which tops the list with 905,000 sales.
  • Other tracks on the Digital Rock Songs countdown included Twenty One Pilots’ “Heathens” at Number Four, Kaleo‘s “Way Down We Go” at Number Six and Disturbed‘s 2015 cover of “The Sound of Silence” at Number Seven.
  • The way that people consume music now continued to take a toll on overall sales however, with total physical and digital sales falling 7.8 percent during the first half of 2017. Total rock album sales were down 20.9 percent and rock digital song sales fell 27.9 percent. But streaming of rock songs jumped 21.6 percent.


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