Not since the Friday the 13th series has a sleepaway camper faced this much Death.
Metallica's Death Magnetic finished the week ended Sunday with another 132,000 in sales, per Nielsen SoundScan, to hold the No. 1 spot for a third straight week.
Lovato's Don't Forget lagged in the runner-up slot wtih 89,000.
Death Magnetic joins Jack Johnson's Sleep Through the Static as the only 2008 albums to top the charts for three consecutive weeks. (Lil Wayne's Tha Carter III topped three nonconsecutive charts.) The metalheads' latest is a mere 41,000 copies shy of the 1 million mark.
Lovato, meanwhile, leads five Top 10 debuts at No. 2 with her rookie solo release. The teen singer is best known as Mitchie Torres in Camp Rock, and she recruited fellow Camp mates the Jonas Brothers to help her write the new album. The brothers also appear on the album track "On the Line."
Tennessee rockers Kings of Leon scored the next best bow, with Only by the Night selling 74,000 copies at No. 4.
Though this marks their best stateside showing, the Kings are one of those American acts that are much bigger overseas. Only by the Night topped the U.K. charts this week on 220,000 copies (the best week by an international artist in two years), while the single "Sex on Fire" spent its third straight week atop the U.K. singles chart.
The Pussycat Dolls opened at No. 5 with Doll Domination just 402 copies behind the Kings. The Dolls' sophomore album features the singles "Whatcha Think About That" and the Top 10 performer "When I Grow Up."
Missy Elliott protégée Jazmine Sullivan sold 66,000 copies of her Fearless debut to land at the No. 6 spot. Sullivan benefits from her hit single "Need U Bad," which topped the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart two weeks ago.
R&B singer Joe was the fifth and final Top 10 debuter, checking in at No. 8 with Joe Thomas, New Man. The album, his first since leaving Jive Records, sold 54,000 copies.
In a busy week that saw 11 more debuts in the top 50, TV on the Radio scored a solid No. 12 start for Dear Science with a career-best 32,000. Jackson Browne also started strong with Time the Conqueror conquering the No. 20 spot on 25,000 copies.
Other notable new entries included the Cold War Kids' Loyalty to Loyalty at No. 21, Rilo Kiley singer Jenny Lewis at No. 24 with Acid Tongue, David Gilmour's Live in Gdansk at No. 26, the Randy Rogers Band's self-titled at No. 29, the Plain White T's' Big Bad World at No. 33 and Thievery Corporation's Radio Retaliation at No. 35.
Remarkably, Nickelback's All the Right Reasons celebrated its three-year anniversary on the charts at No. 101, adding another 5,000 copies to its 7 million-plus haul. All the Right Reasons, the band's first chart-topper, debuted in a week where the Top 10 included the Black Eyed Peas' Monkey Business, Kanye West's Late Registration and Faith Hill's Fireflies.
Over on the Digital Tracks chart, Pink held the No. 1 spot, registering another 190,000 downloads of "So What." Akon scored the week's biggest bow with "Right Now (Na Na Na)" moving 94,000 digital copies at No. 8.
Despite all the new entries, overall album sales were down 7 percent from last week and down nearly 29 percent compared to the same week last year, when Rascal Flatts' Still Feels Good topped the charts.
Here's a rundown of the Top 10 albums:
1. Death Magnetic, Metallica
2. Don't Forget, Demi Lovato
3. Year of the Gentleman, Ne-Yo
4. Only by the Night, Kings of Leon
5. Doll Domination, Pussycat Dolls
6. Fearless, Jazmine Sullivan
7. Rock N Roll Jesus, Kid Rock
8. Joe Thomas, New Man, Joe
9. The Recession, Young Jeezy
10. A Little Bit Longer, Jonas Brothers