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Since its release almost exactly three years ago, “Lulu”, METALLICA’s controversial collaborative album with former THE VELVET UNDERGROUND frontman Lou Reed, has sold just under 33,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Issued on November 1, 2011, “Lulu” shifted 13,000 units in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 36 on The Billboard 200 chart. By contrast, METALLICA’s last full-length studio effort, 2008’s “Death Magnetic”, sold 490,000 copies in just a three-day sales window after it came out on a Friday, with sales tracked through the following Sunday.
Even METALLICA’s controversial 2003 set, “St. Anger”, moved 418,000 copies in its initial week of release, which was also shortened to four days.
METALLICA’s “Re-Load” album sold 435,000 units during its first week in 1997, while 1996’s “Load” opened at 680,000. 1991’s self-titled “black album” debuted with 598,000 and has since gone on to sell more than 16 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.