Buzzing: Metallica is No.1 on Billboard album chart

Metallica is No.1 on Billboard album chart

Metallica lead a crop of new releases on the latest Billboard album chart, as the veteran metal band beat Bruno Mars and Miranda Lambert to score its sixth consecutive No. 1 debut this week.

Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, Metallica's first studio album in eight years, sold 281,000 copies in the United States in its first week, according to Nielsen.

That is the third-best showing of the year, after albums by Drake and Beyonce.

Hardwired, which is the band's first studio release on their label, Blackened Recordings, also had 9.3 million streams, which helped to bring its full "album equivalent" sales to 291,000 for the week.

Since Metallica (better known as the Black Album) in 1991, every new studio album by the band has opened at No. 1 on the Billboard chart.


Suzy, Lee Jong Suk to star in new show

K-pop singer Suzy and actor Lee Jong Suk are set to return to the small screen next year in the SBS drama, While You Were Sleeping.

The show will be written by Park Hye Ryun, who worked on Dream High (2011), starring Suzy, and I Hear Your Voice (2013), starring Lee.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 30, 2016, with the headline 'Buzzing'. Print Edition | Subscribe