Metallica Reaches UK Top 5 With Debut Of “S&M2”

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Metallica reached Top 5 on UK debut with their new live record, “S&M2.”

According to the Official Charts Company, the live album joins the Top 100 at No. 2 following Crabs In A Bucket, the third album by British rapper Nines.

In a remarkably tight chart run that closed with 5,000 chart sales separating the Top 5, Crabs In A Bucket reached midweek leads Metallica in the last 24 hours of the poll to close ahead by just short of 2,000 chart sales.

The achievement scores Metallica their eighth UK Top 5 album.

“S&M2” comes to life with the release of Metallica & San Francisco Symphony: “S&M2,” available in an astonishing variety of formats, ranging from a digital album on all major streaming media to 4LP, 2CD, DVD, and Blu-ray vinyl versions.

“S&M2” is a landmark release in the Metallica catalog, both soundly and visually. S&M2’s live album captures over two and a half hours of James, Lars, Kirk Hammett, and Robert Trujillo joining forces with the nearly 80-member San Francisco Symphony, legendary orchestral music director Michael Tilson Thomas, and conductor Edwin Outwater.