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Accelerated Mobile Page Version of this document: Metallica was the most popular band of 2017 in the USA according to Nielsen Music
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Metallica was the most popular band of 2017 in the USA according to Nielsen Music

The market research company Nielsen Music has pointed out that the San Francisco band has been the most successful combining all platforms and has the second best selling album of the year: 'Hardwired to self Destruct'. Next February they will perform in Barcelona and Madrid.


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Market research consultant Nielsen Music says that Metallica has been the most popular band in 2017 in the US. A fact that results, first, that the new album of the metal band, 'Hardwired to self Destruct', has been the second best-selling album of the year although it is 2016, only behind the original soundtrack of the film 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' with rock classics from such legendary bands as the Electric Light Orchestra, Fleetwood Mac or Cheap Trick.

Metallica will perform four shows in Spain and Portugal: two in Madrid, one in Barcelona and another show in Lisboa. The tickets for the Metallica shows were sold out instantly.

The second fact that Metallica is the most popular group of the past year is that combining all the musical platforms: paid music, streams, downloads ... It is the group with the most demand from users, also partly due to the reissue of luxury of its emblematic album 'Master of Puppets' of 1986.

The bands that follow the quartet formed by Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammet and Robert Trujillo are Imagine Dragons, The Beatles, Linkin Park and Twenty One Pilots.

Figures from the music industry in general indicate that both physical and digital album sales have fallen dramatically, respectively, by -16.5% and -19.6%. On the other hand, streaming services up 58.7%. The sale of vinyl (9%, the best-selling ‘Sgt. Peppers' of the Beatles) and cassettes (35%) also goes up.

For the first time, hip hop and R & B unseat rock as the most listened to musical style in the US with 24.5% of the total.

And yes, there has been no way to escape from 'Despacito', the single most listened to with more than 300 million listeners above the second hit. Here you can read the full report of Nielsen Music.


'Hardwired to self Destruct' was the second best selling album of 2017 in the United States behind the BSO of 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' with classics from the Electric Light Orchestra, Fleetwood Mac or Cheap Trick.


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