For a second straight week, the No. 1 position on The Billboard 200 has been renamed "Nellyville." The latest Universal set from rapper Nelly notched another week at the top after selling 447,000 copi
For a second straight week, the No. 1 position on The Billboard 200 has been renamed "Nellyville." The latest Universal set from rapper Nelly notched another week at the top after selling 447,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and has no trouble holding ground on several Billboard charts, including the No. 1 slot on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally.
His single "Hot in Herre" continues at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks, and Hot Rap Tracks charts. But Nelly's success is not limited to "Hot in Herre," as the single "Dilemma" is making some noise as the Hot 100's fastest-growing track at radio. The cut soars 54-16 on the Hot 100 and moves 46-26 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.
But the year's biggest story remains "The Eminem Show." Eminem's Web/Aftermath/Interscope album holds fast at No. 2 in its seventh week on The Billboard 200, after suffering only a modest 15% decline to sales of 263,000 units.
Total sales for "The Eminem Show" are now just under 3.9 million, making it far-and-away the biggest album of the year. Remarkably, it's fast approaching the yearly sales of 2001's biggest-selling album, Linkin Park's "Hybrid Theory" (Warner Bros.), which moved 4.8 million units last year. Even so, "The Eminem Show" still has a way to go before it reaches Linkin Park's to-date total of 7.3 million copies. But it's not just an album story for Eminem, as his single "Without Me" holds steadfast at No. 2 on the Hot 100.
Two sets debut in the top-10 of The Billboard 200 this week, led by a compilation of rap acts on the Murder Inc. label. Featuring such artists as Ja Rule, Ashanti, Caddillac Tah, Charli Baltimore, and Vita, "Irv Gotti Presents The Inc" shoots its way to No. 3 on sales of 193,000 units, and ensures that the top three slots on The Billboard 200 belong to hip-hop albums. Ja Rule and Ashanti are paired on the first single, "Down 4 U," which moves 8-6 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles tally and 19-14 on the Hot 100.
Veteran rock act Aerosmith enters at No. 4 with its retrospective set, "O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits" (Columbia). First-week sales of 137,000 units were strong, especially considering that the two-disc set carries a $24.98 list price. The group's last album of new material, "Just Push Play," opened at No. 2 in March 2001 on sales of 240,000 units.
Other notable newcomers include the So So Def/Columbia soundtrack to the Lil' Bow Wow film "Like Mike," which arrives at No. 18. A little further down at No. 23, Oasis bows with "Heathen Chemistry" (Epic), one better than the 2000 entry for the U.K. band's "Standing on the Shoulder of Giants." Green Day's collection of B-sides and rarities, "Shenanigans" (Reprise), pulls in at No. 27, while "The Very Best of Chicago: Only the Beginning" (Rhino) lands at No. 38.
Elsewhere, the RCA soundtrack to "Mr. Deeds" rockets 100-61, buoyed by the Dave Matthews Band's "Where Are You Going," which is No. 11 on Billboard's Adult Top 40 Tracks tally. The band's latest album, "Busted Stuff," will hit stores Tuesday (July 16).
Kenny Chesney's "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems" (BNA) logs a 10th-straight week atop Billboard's Top Country Albums roundup, while Toby Keith's "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)," jumps 4-1 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks tally. That move sends Brad Paisley's "I'm Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin' Song)" down to No. 3 after two weeks at the top.
The remix of Bryan Adams' "Heaven" from DJ Sammy & Yanou is the Hot 100's fastest-growing track at retail for the second week in a row, rising 20-15. The Hot 100's top debut is Sara Evans' "I Keep Looking" at No. 70. Other notable entries include Papa Roach's "Good Times' at No. 75, Nickelback's "She Loves Me Not" at No. 76, Trace Adkins "Help Me Understand" at No. 80, and the Hives' "Hate To Say I Told You So" at No. 91.
On Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart, the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "By the Way" begins its fourth-straight week at No. 1. Look for the group's Warner Bros. album of the same name to debut near the top of The Billboard 200 next week, possibly challenging Nelly for the pole position. Over on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks tally, Puddle Of Mudd's "Drift & Die" maintains its grip on the top spot for fourth week in a row.