Metallica battle it out with Little Mix for this week’s Number One UK album

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NME cover star Bruno Mars is also in the running

Metallica are battling it out with Little Mix for this week’s UK Number One album.

The metal veterans’ first LP in eight years ‘Hardwired… To Self-Destruct’, is currently 64,000 combined sales behind the all girl group’s ‘Glory Days’. The last time Metallica went to Number One was in 2008 with their last album ‘Death Magnetic’.

Just behind the metal veterans is this week’s NME cover star Bruno Mars, who’s new album ’24K Magic’ is at Number Three.

It was recently confirmed that Metallica are officially the most-steamed metal band in the world, with fans listening to 11,892 years’ worth of their music.

Spotify concluded that the band are the most streamed metal band on their platform, with 7 million listeners a month. Their biggest hit ‘Enter Sandman’ has been streamed 108 million times while their music in general makes an appearance on 15 million user playlists.

READ MORE: What makes Metallica the ultimate metal band?

Metallica: Hardwired… Live from The House of Vans, London

On November 18th, Metallica will unleash to the world their eleventh studio album ‘Hardwired…To Self-Destruct’ with a very special live performance from the House of Vans London. Join the celebration LIVE as the show streams from the intimate venue at 21:00 GMT that night, November 18th, right here!

The streaming service also revealed that London is the top UK city for Metallica streaming, followed by Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Liverpool.

Metallica are also reportedly considering releasing another covers album. It would be the second covers album the band have released after 1998’s ‘Garage Inc.’

They recently launched their new album ‘Hardwired… To Self-Destruct’ at an intimate show at the House Of Vans in London. You can watch the gig above.

To celebrate their new record, the band also hosted a midnight signing session for fans at HMV in London’s Oxford Street.

“In the four decades since their inception they’ve managed to transcend time and keep fans guessing,” we wrote in our review of the band’s new LP. “And while ‘Hardwired… To Self-Destruct’ isn’t dissimilar in delivery to their last record, 2008’s ‘Death Magnetic’, Metallica still – in their fifties – remain both vital and innovative. And nobody in rock has earned those plaudits more.”

Meanwhile, in the UK singles chart Clean Bandit are on course for Number One for a second week with their recent single ‘Rockabye’.

The hit, which also features Sean Paul and Anne-Marie, is 7,000 combined chart sales ahead of its nearest rival, ‘Black Beatles’ by Rae Sremmurd in the mid-week chart.