Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, Metallica’s first full-length studio album in eight years, debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart this week, selling 49,000 copies to pick up over 50,000 total consumption units that combine sales and streams. Metallica's album is also the third highest one-week sales total for a release so far in 2016, trailing only Drake and Céline Dion. It's the fourth chart-topper for the band in the SoundScan era.
Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic debuts at No. 2 with 21,000 total consumption units. The album scores the most Digital Song sales, second highest album sales and third highest Audio On-Demand streams for the week. This is his highest chart debut to date, surpassing the No. 3 entry of his last, 2012’s Unorthodox Jukebox. Both of his previous albums eventually reached No. 1.
The 40th anniversary reissue of Harmonium’s final studio album L’Heptade debuts at 3 with 12,000 total consumption units. The Québec ensemble's catalogue has sold over 270,000 copies in the SoundScan era.
The fourth and final top-ten debut this week is Miranda Lambert’s Weight Of These Wings, at 5. It is her second straight top-five album, and follows up her No. 1, 2014 release, Platinum.
Harmonium has one of five Canadian albums in the top 10. Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker is at 6, Bobby Bazini’s Summer Is Gone at 7 and Michael Bublé has two in the top ten -- Nobody But Me at 9. and Christmas at 10.
Adisq Award-winning breakthrough artist of the year Safia Nolin debuts at 12 with Reprises Vol. 1. The Québec City songstress's debut album, Limoilou, peaked at 16 earlier this month.
Other debuts in the top 40 include Volition, by Whitby, ON prog-rock band Protest The Hero, at 15; Brit girl group Little Mix's Glory Days, at 21; Nikki Sixx's Sixx: A.M., at 31, with Prayers for the Blessed, Vol. 2; and the hugely popular Albertan country-bluegrass band High Valley sits at 36, with Dear Life.
The Weeknd’s “Starboy” scores his first No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart. Previously he reached the runner-up position with “The Hills” and “Can’t Feel My Face.” “Starboy” also holds at No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart. Notable is the fact that this is the fourth straight week that the No. 1 selling song has sold less than 10,000 downloads.
-- All data supplied by SoundScan with additional details from Nielsen Canada Music Director Paul Tuch