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Metallica, Linkin Park & Foo Fighters Among The Year’s Best Selling Hard Rock Artists Of 2017


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Metallica and Linkin Park placed highly on Billboard‘s rock charts this year with Metallica‘s latest album, “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct” taking home the #1 spot for ‘Top Rock Albums’ and ‘Hard Rock Albums’. That album moved 1.1 million units in the 2017 chart year with sales buoyed heavily by a ticket sale promotion. Metallica‘s 1991 self-titled album (aka ‘The Black Album’) also placed high on the charts, thanks to shifting 268,000 units in the chart year.

According to Billboard, the top 10 ‘Hard Rock Album Artists’ for the 2017 chart year based on sales are as follows:

  • 01. Metallica
  • 02. Linkin Park
  • 03. Foo Fighters
  • 04. Queen
  • 05. Guns N’ Roses
  • 06. Nickelback
  • 07. Disturbed
  • 08. Five Finger Death Punch
  • 09. Led Zeppelin
  • 10. Journey

The top 10 ‘Hard Rock Albums’ of the year based on sales included:

  • 01. Metallica – “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct
  • 02. Metallica – “Metallica
  • 03. Linkin Park – “[Hybrid Theory]
  • 04. Guns N’ Roses – “Greatest Hits
  • 05. Queen – “Greatest Hits I II & III: The Platinum Collection
  • 06. Foo Fighters – “Concrete And Gold
  • 07. Disturbed – “Immortalized
  • 08. Journey – “Journey’s Greatest Hits
  • 09. Led Zeppelin – “Mothership
  • 10. AC/DC – “Back In Black

The rest of the top 50 ‘Hard Rock Albums’ of the year included new or catalog releases from Metallica, Soundgarden, System Of A Down, Queens Of The Stone Age, Avenged Sevenfold, Mastodon and more. You can find that full chart over at Billboard.com. Should you want to delve in even deeper, you can take a look at all of the charts at this location.

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