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Will Metallica’s ‘Magnetic’ Top Coldplay’s ‘Viva’?

The hard rockers' new album is burning up the charts. But how well will it do?

Headbangers worldwide have spoken, and Metallica is their king: According to a Billboard.com report, the metal torchbearer’s new record Death Magnetic — released Friday in an industry-defying worldwide effort — is projected to top the Billboard 200 chart with over 500,000 copies sold… and that’s in just over half the regularly allotted week-long sales period.

If sales continue, Death Magnetic’s first full-week numbers could trump Coldplay’s No. 1 hit, Viva La Vida, which was released on a Tuesday and sold 720,000 copies in its first week. James Hetfield and crew’s 2003 effort, St. Anger, which was also released on a Friday, sold 419,000 copies during its abridged, 4-day period.