'St Anger' sells nearly 500,000 copies in a week to debut at Number One...

METALLICA‘s ‘ST ANGER’ has stormed to the top of the US album charts, debuting at Number One and selling 418,000 copies since its release last Thursday (June 5).

The fourth Billboard 200 album chart-topper for the band follows a anti-piracy tactic by the metal heroes which saw the album’s release advance five days from its proposed date on June 10.

The album’s first week sales have surpassed those of their last effort, ‘S&M,’ which shifted 300,000 in November 1999. ‘Load’, Metallica‘s 1996 album, sold 680,000 copies in its first week, while their self-titled 1991 album debuted with sales of more than 500,000.

‘St Anger’ saw off competition for the hot spot from Jewel, who’s ‘0304’ sold 144,000, and 50 Cent’s ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin’ which fell to Number Three, shifting 99,000 copies in its 18th week on the chart.

The first single to be lifted from the Metallica album, also titled ‘St Anger,’ reached Number Two last week on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks chart – the highest entry on the survey since Van Halen’s ‘Without You’ debuted at Number One in March 1998.