Killswitch Goes Platinum

Livestream & Hard Rock Singles Charts, New MEGADETH Book & more

Big congrats to KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, their team at Strong Management, Roadrunner staffers past and present, and their longtime agent, Tim Borror, on three new RIAA milestones. “My Curse,” the first single from 2006’s As Daylight Dies, was certified PLATINUM for one million sales and equivalent streams in the United States. “The End of Heartache” and the band’s cover of DIO’s “Holy Diver” were both certified GOLD, for a half-million units each, on the very same day, September 10.

These plaques should join the KILLSWITCH team’s walls next to the GOLD album awards for the half-million-plus selling As Daylight Dies and The End of Heartache (2004), as well as the (Set This) World Ablaze DVD from 2005. (DVDs are certified GOLD at 50k.) The band’s latest album, Atonement, was issued last year by Metal Blade Records in North America and Sony Music in the rest of the world.

Much love to Adam, Mike, Jesse, Joel, Justin, Howard, Vaughn, Kenny, Gitter, Amy, Tim, and everyone else who played a part in these huge WINS for heavy metal!


It was my honor to contribute to Dave Mustaine’s RUST IN PEACE: The Inside Story of the Metal Masterpiece by putting together the book’s foreword with SLASH, and by hosting a series of fan Q&As with the man himself, Mr. Mustaine, who I am proud to call my friend. Videoing in from his home in Tennessee, Dave was healthy, happy, and in-between sessions on the followup to the slammin’ Dystopia album. Two of those conversations were for the live audiences only, but the first is now available on Megadeth’s Facebook page and on YouTube. It’s a killer discussion about the book and more, during which Dave picked up his guitar to show the fans the riff to “Five Magics”! MEGADETH is the band that got me into heavy metal; getting to know Dave and David Ellefson over the last several years is one of the happiest blessings of my adult life. Many thanks to 5B and Hachette Books for making these Q&As happen.


Billboard Top 20 Hot Hard Rock Songs 
The week of September 12, 2020 

  1. Five Finger Death Punch “A Little Bit Off” 

  2. The Hu “Wolf Totem” ft. Jacoby Shaddix 

  3. Seether “Dangerous” 

  4. Metallica and SFSO “All Within My Hands” 

  5. Shinedown “Atlas Falls” 

  6. The Pretty Reckless “Death by Rock and Roll” 

  7. Bring Me The Horizon “Parasite Eve” 

  8. Bring Me The Horizon with YUNGBLUD “Obey” 

  9. I Prevail “Every Time You Leave” ft. Delaney Jane 

  10. Deftones “Ohms” 

  11. Starset “Trials” 

  12. Corey Taylor “Black Eyes Blue” 

  13. From Ashes To New “Panic” 

  14. Godsmack “Unforgettable” 

  15. Denzel Curry “Bulls On Parade” 

  16. Three Days Grace “Somebody That I Used to Know” 

  17. Pop Evil “Work” 

  18. Sixx:A.M. Presents: Artists For Recovery Featuring Corey Taylor, Joe Elliott, Brantley Gilbert, Ivan Moody, Slash, AWOLNATION & Tommy Vext “Maybe It’s Time” 

  19. Cory Marks “Outlaws & Outsiders” ft. Travis Tritt, Ivan Moody & Mick Mars 

  20. Korn “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” ft. YelaWolf


New YouTube videos 


Released in the last few days…

Eskimo Callboy “MC Thunder II” 545k views
Marilyn Manson “Don’t Chase the Dead” 487k 
Metallica “S&M2 Tuning Room” 430k 
Disturbed “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You” 317k 
Motionless In White “Somebody Told Me” 287k 
Carcass “The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue” 187k 
Marilyn Manson “Broken Needle” 139k 
Jinjer “Teacher, Teacher!” 137k 
Marilyn Manson “Red, Black, and Blue” 112k 
Sepultura “Territory” ft. David Ellefson 92k 
Mastodon “Fallen Torches” 90k 
Skillet “Sick and Empty” 75k 
Mastodon “Orion” 50k 
Tallan “L.E.D.” 41k 
Lord Of The Lost vs. Swiss & Die Andern “Schwarz Tot Gold” 36k 
Movements “Tunnel Vision” 32k 
Kellin Quinn “Generation Z” 30k 
Hatebreed “Weight of the False Self” 30k 
The Ocean “Pleistocene” 14k 
Bloodbather “Silence” 11k 
Get Dead “Glitch” 9k 
Seaway “Wild Things” 5k 


BandsInTown x Billboard Top 10 Livestream Artists 
The week of September 12, 2020 
*Based on BandsInTown activity*

  1. Metallica 

  2. Mike Shinoda 

  3. for KING & COUNTRY 

  4. Liam Payne 

  5. Trivium 

  6. NEEDTOBREATHE

  7. Monica 

  8. Seether 

  9. The Maine 

  10. Brandy 


Billboard Hard Rock Digital Song Sales 
The week of September 12, 2020 
*Current Songs* 

  1. Bring Me The Horizon with YUNGBLUD “Obey” 

  2. The Hu “Wolf Totem” ft. Jacoby Shaddix 

  3. Five Finger Death Punch “A Little Bit Off” 

  4. Falling In Reverse “Popular Monster” 

  5. Evanescence “Use My Voice” 

  6. Sixx:A.M. Presents: Artists For Recovery Featuring Corey Taylor, Joe Elliott, Brantley Gilbert, Ivan Moody, Slash, AWOLNATION & Tommy Vext “Maybe It’s Time” 

  7. Korn “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” ft. YelaWolf 

  8. Lamb Of God “The Death of Us” 


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