The sixth studio album from Kings Of Leon, Mechanical Bull, debuted at Number Two on the Billboard album chart on Wednesday (October 2nd), selling 110,000 copies in its first week of release. It’s the band’s third Top 10 debut, following 2010’s Come Around Sundown and 2008’s Only By The Night. The former sold 184,000 copies to reach Number Two while the latter entered the chart at Number Five with 74,000 copies sold.
- Mechanical Bull was still a very distant second to the week’s Number One debut,Drake‘s Nothing Was The Same, which moved a whopping 658,000 copies.
- Also returning to the Top 10 for the first time since 2008 was Metallica, whose soundtrack to their new movie Metallica Through The Never sold 26,000 copies to debut at Number Nine.
- The live set was Metallica’s ninth Top 10 debut and first since 2008’s Death Magnetic, which entered at Number One.
- The soundtrack was the first release through Metallica’s own label, Blackened Recordings, which launched late last year. Drummer Lars Ulrich told us a while ago that the band was long past the point where it needed a major label behind it: “The great thing about being in a band like us is that we’re in a position to bypass the record company. Basically record companies act like banks. And when you don’t need the bank element of a record company, then you can kind of do it yourself.”
- Metallica’s last release, the disastrous collaboration with Lou Reed called Lulu, sold just 13,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week of release to debut at Number 36 on the Billboard album chart, the lowest sales number and chart position of Metallica’s career since SoundScan began tracking album sales in 1991.
- Metallica Through The Never took in 1.7 million from 308 IMAX screens when it opened last Friday (September 27th), with the film expanding to more theaters this weekend.