Robert Trujillo & His Metallica Band Mates Earn Third No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums Chart as “S&M2” Debuts at No. 1

Robert Trujillo’s hit albums keep on coming…

The 55-year-old half-Mexican American bassist and his Metallica band mates have scored their third No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top Rock Albums chart, as S&M2 debuts at the top of the ranking list dated September 12.

Metallica

Recorded live on September 6 and 8, 2019, with the San Francisco Symphony, the set arrives with 56,000 equivalent album units earned in the tracking week ending September 3, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. Of that sum, 53,000 units are via album sales.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame-enshrined band now boasts three Top Rock Albums No. 1s since the chart began in 2006. Death Magnetic ruled for five weeks in 2008 and Hardwired… to Self-Destruct reigned for six in 2016-17.

The new set also debuts atop the Hard Rock Albums chart, where it’s Metallica’s third leader and the San Francisco Symphony‘s first. On Classical Albums, the LP likewise launches at No. 1, as Metallica earns its first leader; the orchestra also leads for the first time, as it ups its count to 11 top 10s.

On the all-genre Billboard 200, S&M2 bows at No. 4, marking Metallica’s 11th top 10. S&M2‘s predecessor, S&M, debuted and peaked at No. 2 in November 1999.

Metallica now becomes the first group, and the third act overall, with at least one new Billboard 200 top 10 in each of the last five decades. The band banked one top 10 in the ’80s (…And Justice for All, No. 6 in 1988); five in the ’90s (its No. 1 self-titled set in 1991; Load, No. 1 in 1996; Reload, No. 1 in 1997; Garage Inc., No. 2 in 1998; and S&M, No. 2 in 1999); two in the ’00s (St. Anger, No. 1 in 2003; and Death Magnetic, No. 1 in 2008); two in the ’10s (Metallica: Through the Never, No. 9 in 2013; and Hardwired… To Self-Destruct, No. 1 in 2016); and now one in the ’20s, with S&M2.

S&M2 debuted at No. 1 on Australia’s ARIA Albums Chart, Metallica’s seventh No. 1 album Down Under.

Robert Trujillo & Metallica’s “Halo on Fire” Charts on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs Chart

Robert Trujillo is still on fire

The 54-year-old Mexican American musician, songwriter and bassist and his Metallica band mates have charted their sixth song from their album Hardwired… to Self-Destruct on Billboard‘s Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart.

Robert Trujillo

On the December 15-dated ranking, “Halo on Fire” debuts at No. 29.

The first five songs from the album all reached the top five, with two topping the tally. In order of their chart runs: “Hardwired” (No. 1, one week, October 2016), “Moth Into Flame” (No. 5, November 2016),“Atlas, Rise!” (No. 1, two weeks, February 2017), “Now That We’re Dead” (No. 2, July 2017) and “Spit Out the Bone” (No. 4, March 2018).

“Halo on Fire” extends the lifetime of Hardwired on Mainstream Rock Songsto over two years and three months, as lead single “Hardwired” debuted on Sept. 3, 2016.

Hardwired is the first set to produce at least six Mainstream Rock Songs entries in over a decade, since Nickelback‘s All the Right Reasons also yielded six, stretching from the seven-week No. 1 “Photograph” (beginning in October 2005) to “If Everyone Cared” (No. 37 peak, March 2007).

Metallica is no stranger to maximizing album airplay. Hardwired‘s predecessor, 2008’s Death Magnetic, generated five entries on Mainstream Rock Songs, including a pair of No. 1s in “The Day That Never Comes” (for nine weeks) and “Cyanide” (two).

Hardwired debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 dated December 10, 2016, with 291,000 equivalent album units earned in its first week, according to Nielsen Music.

Robert Trujillo & Metallica’s “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct” Surpasses One Million Copies Sold

Robert Trujillo has a million reasons to smile…

The 52-year-old Mexican American musician/songwriter and Metallica band members’ latest album Hardwired… To Self-Destruct has registered another 4,000 copies sold in the latest tracking week.

Robert Trujillo

With its performance, the album surpasses 1 million in total U.S. sales, as its to-date sum rises to a little more than 1,004,000.

The former No. 1 set is the band’s 12th album to sell at least a million copies since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991.

Some of Hardwired‘s sales were driven by a well-received concert ticket/album bundle sale redemption promotion with the band’s stadium tour.

In total, the group has sold 58 million albums in the U.S. in the Nielsen Music era, and owns the overall top-selling album of that span of time: its self-titled 1991 release, with 16.6 million sold.

Ceu Earns Libera Award Nomination for Acclaimed Album “Tropix”

The sky’s the limit for Céu

The 37-year-old Brazilian singer-songwriter, whose full name is Maria do Céu Whitaker Poças, has earned a Libera Award nomination from the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM).

Céu

Céu is nominated in the Best Classical/World Album for her album Tropix, released by Six Degrees Records. The critically acclaimed album, which was released in March 2016, earned Céu two Latin Grammys last year, including Best Portuguese Language Contemporary Pop Album.

Meanwhile, Robert Trujillo and his Metallica bandmates picked up a nod in the Best Metal/Hard Rock Album category for the band’s Hardwired…To Self-Destruct album, which was released by Blackened Recordings.

The Libera Awards, which are presented by SoundExchange, recognize artistic, creative and business achievement in the independent music sector.

“The Libera Awards allow the independent recorded music community to celebrate and showcase its own,” said Richard James Burgess, CEO A2IM, in a statement. “In a digital environment where credits are sorely lacking it is increasingly necessary to identify and publically demonstrate the incredible diversity of independent music.”

The ceremony will be held June 8 at New York City’s PlayStation Theater with Ted Leo hosting the sixth annual event.

Here’s a look at this year’s nominees:

2017’s Libera Awards Nominations

Album of the Year 

  • Angel Olsen – MY WOMAN (Jagjaguwar)
  • Bon Iver – 22, A Million (Jagjaguwar)
  • Bonobo – Migration (Ninja Tune)
  • Mandolin Orange – Blindfaller (Yep Roc Records)
  • Radiohead – Moon Shaped Pool (XL Recordings)
  • Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 3 (Run the Jewels, Inc.)
  • Thundercat – Drunk (Brainfeeder)

Best Blues/Jazz/R&B Album

  • Adrian Young – Something About April II (Linear Labs)
  • BADBADNOTGOOD – IV (Innovative Leisure)
  • Bobby Rush – Porcupine Meat (Rounder Records)
  • Charles Bradley – Changes (Daptone Records)
  • Nick Waterhouse – Never Twice (Innovative Leisure)
  • Sampha – Process (Young Turks)
  • Thundercat – Drunk (Brainfeeder)

Best Live Act 

  • Angel Olsen (Jagjaguwar)
  • Bon Iver (Jagjaguwar)
  • Charles Bradley (Daptone Records)
  • Chuck Prophet (Yep Roc Records)
  • Iggy Pop (Loma Vista Recordings)
  • Radiohead (XL Recordings)
  • Run the Jewels (Run the Jewels, Inc)

Best Sync Usage

  • Alabama Shakes – Transparent | Season 3 Official Trailer | Amazon Video (Music Supervisor: Arranged by Zync Music) (ATO Records)
  • Gillian Welch – Hell or High Water (Music Supervisor: Chris Robertson) (Acony Records)
  • Perfume Genius – Toyatathon 2016 Ad Spot (Music Supervisor: Abby Rubin) (Matador Records)
  • Radiohead – The Accountant Official Trailer (Music Supervisor: Miwa Okumura) (XL Recordings)
  • Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings – Lincoln MKZ Spot (Music Supervisor: Neal Sugarman) (Daptone Records)
  • Sharon Van Etten – 2016 Volvo XC90 TV Commercial (Music Supervisor: Ben Dorenfeld, Grey Advertising / Jon Coombs, Secretly Group) (Jagjaguwar)
  • tUnE-yArDs – #Pixel: Memories by you, Phone by Google (Music Supervisor: Abby Rubin) (4AD)

Breakthrough Artist 

  • Delicate Steve – This Is Steve (ANTI-)
  • The Lemon Twigs – Do Hollywood (4AD)
  • Margaret Glaspy – Emotions and Math (ATO Records)
  • Margo Price – Midwest Farmer’s Daughter (Third Man Records)
  • Roosevelt – Roosevelt (City Slang)
  • Whitney – Light Upon the Lake (Secretly Canadian)
  • Young M.A – OOOUUU (M.A Music/3d)

Best Classical/World Album

  • Bing & Ruth – No Home Of The Mind (4AD)
  • Céu – Tropix (Six Degrees Records)
  • Hailu Mergia – Wede Harer Guzo (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
  • Imarhan – Imarhan (City Slang)
  • Laraaji – All In one Peace (Leaving Records)
  • Peter Broderick – Partners (Erased Tapes Records)
  • Tinariwen – Elwan (Anti-)

Best Country/Americana/Folk Album

  • Case/Lang/Veirs – Case/Lang/Veirs (ANTI-)
  • Drive-By Truckers – American Band (ATO Records)
  • Gillian Welch –  Boots No. 1: The Official Revival Bootleg (Acony Records)
  • Hiss Golden Messenger – Heart Like a Levee (Merge Records)
  • Mandolin Orange – Blindfaller (Yep Roc Records)
  • Margo Price – Midwest Farmers Daughter (Third Man Records)
  • Michael Chapman – 50 (Paradise of Bachelors)
  • Ryley Walker – Golden Sings That Have Been Sung (Dead Oceans)

Creative Packaging

  • Bobo Yéyé – Belle Époque in Upper Volta (Creative Director: Ken Shipley and Rob Sevier) (Numero Group)
  • Bonobo – Migration (Creative Director: Neil Krug) (Ninja Tune)
  • Bon Iver – 22, A Million (Creative Director: Eric Timothy Carlson) (Jagjaguwar)
  • Eggs Over Easy – The Eggs Over Easy Story (Creative Director: Nathan Golub) (Yep Roc Records)
  • King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity (Creative Director: Jason Galea) (ATO Records)
  • My Morning Jacket – It Still Moves (Deluxe Edition) (Creative Director: Jim James & Danny Cash) (ATO Records)
  • Thundercat – Drunk (Creative Director: Adam Stober) (Brainfeeder)

Best Dance/Electronica Album

  • ANOHNI – HOPELESSNESS (Secretly Canadian)
  • Bonobo – Migration (Ninja Tune)
  • Boys Noize – Mayday (Boysnoize Records)
  • DJ Shadow – The Mountain Will Fall (Mass Appeal Records)
  • Flume – Skin (Mom + Pop Music/Future Classic)
  • Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – Ears (Western Vinyl)
  • TYCHO – Epoch (Ghostly International)

Independent Champion 

  • Bandcamp
  • MERLIN
  • NPR
  • PledgeMusic
  • Redeye
  • Secretly Distribution
  • Spotify

Label of the Year (6+ employees) 

  • ATO Records
  • Innovative Leisure
  • Jagjaguwar
  • Mexican Summer
  • Stones Throw
  • XL Recordings
  • Yep Roc Records

Label of the Year (<5 employees)

  • Acony Records
  • Dangerbird Records
  • Daptone Records
  • Erased Tapes Records
  • Run For Cover Records
  • Topshelf
  • Triple Crown Records

Marketing Genius

  • Bon Iver – 22, A Million – (Marketing Lead: Phil Waldorf / Tom Davies) (Jagjaguwar)
  • Charles Bradley – Changes – (Marketing Lead: Nydia Davila, Victoria Morris, and Joanna Noyes) (Daptone Records)
  • DJ Shadow – Nobody Speak Campaign – (Marketing Lead: Amit Nerurkar, Chris Mcilvenny, Annie Chen) (Mass Appeal Records)
  • Joseph – I’m Alone, No You’re Not – (Marketing Lead: Jon Salter, Laura Lyons) (ATO Records)
  • KAYTRANADA – 99.9% The Game – (Marketing Lead: Adam Berman, Pablo Douzoglou, Blake Thomas) (XL Recordings)
  • King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity – (Marketing Lead: Jon Salter, Dave McClain, Laura Lyons) (ATO Records)
  • Radiohead –  Radiohead Disappears from the Internet – (Marketing Lead: Radiohead, Scott Wright) (XL Recordings)
  • The xx – I See You (Marketing Lead: Pablo Douzoglou, Blake Thomas) (Young Turks)

Best Metal/Hard Rock Album

  • The Claypool Lennon Delirium – Monolith of Phobos (ATO Records)
  • Descendents – Hypercaffium Spazzinate (Epitaph)
  • King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity (ATO Records)
  • Metallica – Hardwired…To Self-Destruct (Blackened Recordings)
  • Pierce The Veil – Misadventures (Fearless Records)
  • Red Fang – Only Ghosts (Relapse Records)
  • White Lung – Paradise (Domino Recording Company)

Best Rap/Hip-Hop Album

  • Aesop Rock – The Impossible Kid (Rhymesayers Entertainment)
  • De La Soul – And The Anonymous Nobody (A.O.I. Records)
  • Gold Panda – Good Luck And Do Your Best (City Slang)
  • KAYTRANADA – 99.9% (XL Recordings)
  • NxWorries – Yes Lawd! (Stones Throw)
  • Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 3 (Run the Jewels, Inc.)
  • Tech N9ne – The Storm (Strange Music)

Video of the Year 

  • Angel Olsen – Shut Up Kiss Me (Jagjaguwar)
  • ANOHNI – Drone Bomb Me (Secretly Canadian)
  • Bonobo – Kerala (Ninja Tune)
  • DJ Shadow feat. Run The Jewels – Nobody Speak (Mass Appeal Records)
  • King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Gamma Knife/People-Vultures (ATO Records)
  • Mitski – Your Best American Girl (Dead Oceans)
  • Radiohead – Daydreaming (XL Recordings)

Video of the Year (Fan Vote) Sponsored by YouTube

  • Angel Olsen – Shut Up Kiss Me (Jagjaguwar)
  • ANOHNI – Drone Bomb Me (Secretly Canadian)
  • Bonobo – Kerala (Ninja Tune)
  • DJ Shadow feat. Run The Jewels – Nobody Speak (Mass Appeal Records)
  • King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Gamma Knife/People-Vultures (ATO Records)
  • Mitski – Your Best American Girl (Dead Oceans)
  • Radiohead – Daydreaming (XL Recordings)

Trujillo & His Metallica Bandmates Notch Ninth No. 1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs Chart

Robert Trujillo is feeling the Rise

The 52-year-old Mexican American musician and his Metallica bandmates have notched their ninth No. 1 on Billboard‘s Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart, as “Atlas, Rise!,” the third single from Hardwired… To Self-Destruct, rises 2-1 on the list dated February 18.

Robert Trujillo

The song is Metallica’s second No. 1 from the album, following “Hardwired” (October 8, 2016). The band also scored two chart-toppers apiece from two prior LPs: The group’s last studio set, 2008’s Death Magnetic (“The Day That Never Comes,” “Cyanide“), and 1996’s Load (“Until It Sleeps,” “Hero of the Day“).

With its ninth overall Mainstream Rock Songs No. 1, Metallica is in a tie for fifth place among all acts for the most leaders since the chart launched in 1981. The new No. 1 ties the quartet with Aerosmith, while Van Halen leads with 13 toppers.

Most No. 1s on Mainstream Rock Songs

13, Van Halen (between 1982 and 1998)
12, Three Days Grace (2004-15)
10, Tom Petty/The Heartbreakers (1981-94)
10, Shinedown (2005-16)
9, Aerosmith (1989-2001)
9, Metallica (1996-2017)
8, Linkin Park (2003-14)
8, Nickelback (2001-14)

Notably, Metallica’s span of No. 1s extends to a chart-record 20 years, eight months and 12 days, narrowly passing the span of Red Hot Chili Peppers (three days shy of 20 years, eight months, between 1995 and 2016).

All three singles from Hardwired have made the Mainstream Rock Songs chart. In between leaders “Hardwired” and “Atlas,” “Moth Into Flame” reached No. 5 in November; between Nov. 19 and Jan. 14, all three songs charted simultaneously. The set opened as Metallica’s sixth No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (Dec. 10).

“Atlas” concurrently reaches a new peak (14-12) on the genre-encompassing Rock Airplay chart (5.2 million audience impressions, up 7 percent, according to Nielsen Music). The rank is Metallica’s best on the survey, which began in 2009; “Hardwired” previously led with a No. 13 peak.

Trujillo & His Metallica Band Mates Perform New Single “Moth Into Flame”

Robert Trujillo is flaming out…

The 51-year-old bassist and his fellow Metallica band mates debuted the second song off their new studio album Hardwired… To Self-Destruct on national television on Thursday.

Robert Trujillo & Metallica

Metallica guested on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and performed the headbanger “Moth Into Flame.”

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers certainly got a spirited introduction. Leading into the performance, Fallon accurately called them “one of them most influential rock bands in music history” and Vice President Joe Biden — who was also guesting on the show — shouted them out on Twitter: “my house band, Metallica.”

Hardwired… To Self-Destruct will be released on November 18, 2016.