Metallica's 'Death' hits No. 1


Senior Editor, JAM! Showbiz

, Last Updated: 12:32 PM ET

Metallica's new album "Death Magnetic" captivated a lot of music buyers this week.

The band's critically acclaimed new effort soared to the top of the Canadian album charts this week, selling 81,000 copies in its debut, according to Nielsen SoundScan data.

It marks the second best debut of the year, right behind Coldplay's "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends", which racked up 90,000 copies when it was released in June.

However, Metallica hit those numbers on just a three-day sales window -- the album was out last Friday to accommodate a worldwide release date.

They also grabbed the No. 1 spot south of the border, selling 490,000 copies of "Death Magnetic" in the U.S.

Back in Canada, the "Mamma Mia" soundtrack, Coldplay's "Viva La Vida," and Slipknot's "All Hope is Gone" all remained at No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4, respectively.

Kid Rock's "Rock 'N Roll Jesus" moved up two spots to No. 5, the "NOW 13" compilation rose four to No. 6, and the Jonas Brothers' "A Little Bit Longer" inched up one to No. 7.

Rounding out the top 10 was Kardinal Offishall's "Not 4 Sale" at No. 8, The Game's "LAX" at No. 9, and the New Kids on the Block's "The Block," which tanked in its second week, going from No. 1 to No. 10.

Other notable debuts included Jessica Simpson's "Do You Know" at No. 13, Buckcherry's "Black Butterfly" at No. 14, Aaron Pritchett's "Thankful" at No. 38 and Gym Class Heroes' "The Guilt" at No. 39.

In the U.S., Young Jeezy's "The Recession" placed second, followed by Kid Rock in third, Jessica Simpson in fourth, and Slipknot in fifth.


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