Metallica’s Loses Billboard Streak To Country Singer After 32 Years
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Metallica’s most recent album, 72 Seasons, made an entrance at the second spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart with 146,000 sales and 16 million streams. Though this marked the highest sales week, in terms of units, for any rock or hard rock album in almost four years, their 32-year record of debuting at No. 1 on the chart was broken. Meanwhile, Morgan Wallen, a country artist, held onto the top spot on the Billboard 200 with his third studio album, One Thing at a Time, garnering 166,000 equivalent units since March 3. The album has accumulated almost two billion streams in the U.S. since its release, and Wallen managed to defend his position against Metallica’s threat.
Metallica has been dethroned from the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart for the first time since their 1991 album. The band’s latest LP, “72 Seasons,” includes several singles such as “Lux Æterna,” “Screaming Suicide,” “If Darkness Had a Son,” and the title track. They promoted their new project with a four-night Jimmy Kimmel Live! residency and will soon begin a world tour on April 27 in Amsterdam, with U.S. dates starting on August 4 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Even though Nashville briefly withdrew its support for Wallen’s music due to a video of the singer using a racial slur, Wallen is currently on his sold-out One Night at a Time Tour to support his new album. However, the singer had to cancel his performance in Oxford, Mississippi, which was the second of two nights at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium and the fifth American date. Wallen explained in a statement that he lost his voice after the previous night’s show and spent the day resting and working on his vocal exercises, but was still unable to perform.