The band’s ninth studio album, Death Magnetic debuted atop the Billboard Top 200 Album chart at No. 1, Metallica’s fifth consecutive album to do so, making them the only band in chart history to have five albums debut at No. 1. It breaks the band's tie with the Beatles, U2, and the Dave Matthews Band, all of whom have four No. 1 album debuts. In addition to debuting at No. 1 atop Billboard's Rock, Alternative, Hard, and Internet album charts in the U.S., the album racked up No. 1 chart positions in 32 foreign countries, including the U.K., Canada, and Australia, and Top 3 chart slots in seven more, including Japan. The Recording Industry Association of America certified the album platinum just six weeks after its release on September 12th, 2008.
Metallica have already won seven Grammy Awards, including five for "Best Metal Performance" since drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield formed the band in Los Angeles in 1981. They have gone on to become one of the most influential and commercially successful rock bands in history, having sold 100 million albums worldwide and playing to millions of fans the world over.
Metallica are currently on their first proper tour of the United States and Canada in four years in support of Death Magnetic.
The Grammy Awards will be handed out at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 8th, 2009. Tune in to the 51st Annual Grammy Awards Telecast, which airs that night on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT.