Metallica has revealed that the band’s new album, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, is Number One in 57 countries, with the album going Top Three in 75 nations and Top Five in 105 countries. The band said in a statement, “We are stunned, beyond grateful and truly appreciative that not only have Metallica fans embraced Hardwired…To Self-Destruct beyond our wildest expectations, but more importantly, we’re proud to see that hard rock and metal is still viable and matters in 2016… TO SO MANY PEOPLE!”

The statement added, “The story has just begun and there is so much more to come, but we want to thank you for making this such a special time in Metallica history. We look forward to seeing you out on the road as we’re just getting started here.”

  • Drummer Lars Ulrich told us a while back that he believes one reason for Metallica’s continued success is the bond the band has with its fans: [“The main thing really is just the fans. How do you communicate with your fans, how do you get the music to the fans, how do you offer your fans the best Metallica experience that you can?”] 
  • According to music industry web site Hits Daily Double, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct is now likely to sell between 305,000 and 315,000 copies in the U.S. in its first full week of release.
  • Both of the band’s previous studio outings, 2008’s Death Magnetic and 2003’s St. Anger, sold more copies in shortened sales weeks. Death Magnetic moved 490,000 copies in a three-day window, while St. Anger shifted 418,000 copies in a similar period of time.
  • Hardwired…To Self-Destruct arrived on November 18th. It consists of two discs, containing a dozen songs and nearly 80 minutes of music.