As expected, new releases from Kings of Leon , Dream Theater and Metallica all scored top-10 positions on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week.
Kings of Leon’s sixth studio album, Mechanical Bull , secured the #2 spot on the tally, racking up 110,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The successful sales week makes Mechanical Bull the band’s third top-10 album on the list, following 2008's Only by the Night and 2010’s Come Around Sundown .
Dream Theater also scored their third top-10 album on the list this week. The group’s self-titled twelfth studio effort came in at #7 on chart, with 34,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Dream Theater’s previous two albums, 2011's A Dramatic Turn of Events and 2009's Black Clouds & Silver Linings , debuted at #8 and #6 their first weeks out, respectively.
Meanwhile, the soundtrack to Metallica’s 3D concert film, Metallica Through the Never, debuted at #9 on the Billboard 200, with 26,000 copies sold. The live compilation is the band’s ninth release to debut in the top 10 on the list. Before Metallica Through the Never (Music from the Motion Picture) , the last album Metallica had on the list was their previous record, 2008’s Death Magnetic , which debuted in the #1 slot, with 490,000 copies sold its first week out.
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