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Metallica’s “Death Magnetic” already platinum

By Tony Hicks
Wednesday, October 29th, 2008 at 2:33 pm in Uncategorized.

I just got the press release below. Going platinum in six weeks is pretty impressive in an age when the CD is supposed to be dying.

And, unlike when I reviewed “St. Anger” way too quickly and gave it a grade it didn’t merit, I’ve spent weeks listening to “Death Magnetic.” It’s a good record; a solid B+, even without any choruses. Like my old Metallica-crazed cousin told me, it sounds like the record that should’ve come after “And Justice For All.”

I saw an interview with Lars in which he said, with some genuine regret, that Metallica has finally become the band Jason Newsted wanted it to be when he quit.  

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


Burbank, CA-
Death Magnetic, the current album from best-selling hard rock band Metallica, has scanned more than one million units and has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America just six weeks after its release on September 12th by Warner Bros. Records.

The band’s ninth studio album, Death Magnetic debuted atop the Billboard Top 200 Album chart at No. 1, Metallica’s fifth consecutive album to do so, making them the only band in chart history to have five albums debut at No. 1. It breaks the band’s tie with the Beatles, U2, and the Dave Matthews Band, all of whom have four No. 1 album debuts. Death Magnetic remained at No. 1 for three consecutive weeks and to date has scanned over 1.2 Million albums.

In addition to debuting at Number 1 atop Billboard‘s Rock, Alternative, Hard, and Internet album charts in the U.S., the album racked up No. 1 chart positions in 31 foreign countries, including the U.K., Canada, and Australia, and Top 3 chart slots in seven more, including Japan.

Metallica’s first proper tour of the United States and Canada in four years is currently in full swing with support bands Down, The Sword, Lamb of God, and Machine Head. Critics attending the October 21st opening night in Glendale, AZ, were ecstatic with declaring that if the first show “was any indication, rock’s not dead. Check its pulse.” The Arizona Republic noted that “Metallica burst out of the starting gate with a ferocious two-hour show that left no doubt that the band is still the monster of American heavy metal.”

Formed in Los Angeles in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield, Metallica has become one of the most influential and commercially successful rock bands in history, having sold 100 million albums worldwide and playing to millions of fans the world over. They have garnered numerous awards and accolades, including seven Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, and multiple MTV Video Music Awards.

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