Four new albums bust into the top-10 of The Billboard 200, yet none come close to matching the impressive 809,000 copies "The Eminem Show" sold in its second full week at retail, according to Nielsen
Four new albums bust into the top-10 of The Billboard 200, yet none come close to matching the impressive 809,000 copies "The Eminem Show" sold in its second full week at retail, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was a moderate 39% sales drop for the Web/Aftermath/Interscope album, which is now the year's top seller at 2.4 million units, leading Eminem to the apex of The Billboard 200 and Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart for a third-straight week.
Leading the parade of top-10 debuts this week is the fifth volume of the "Totally Hits" compilation series (Warner Music Group/BMG), which bows at No. 2. Although the "Totally Hits" albums haven't racked up the massive numbers of the competing "NOW! That's What I Call Music" series (Universal/EMI/Zomba/Sony), the two previous "Hits" volumes have each sold more than 1.5 million copies. The latest edition has the series' second-biggest debut week, at 137,000 units, and achieves its highest chart ranking to date.
Donell Jones debuts at No. 3 with third album "Life Goes On" (Untouchables/Arista). The set opened with sales of 110,000 units, much more than the 39,000 scored by his last album, "Where I Wanna Be," in its first week in 1999. It eventually sold more than 1.2 million units. "Life Goes On" lands at No. 2 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally, and its first single, "You Know That I Love You," moves 21-18 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.
Dance act Dirty Vegas debuts at No. 7 on The Billboard 200 with its self-titled Capitol album on sales of 64,000 units. "Days Gone By," the group's hit single heard extensively in a Mitsubishi television commercial, moves 20-16 on Billboard's Hot 100. Another newcomer, Canadian teen Avril Lavigne, lands at No. 8 on the album tally with her Arista album "Let Go," after selling 62,000 units. Her success was fueled by first single "Complicated," which jumps 44-30 on the Hot 100 and is in heavy rotation on MTV.
Other notable entries on The Billboard 200 include the various artists set "Soundbombing III" (Rawkus) at No. 23, DJ Quik's "Under tha Influence" (Euponica/Laneway/Bungalo) at No. 27, DJ Shadow's "The Private Press" (MCA) at No. 44, the Lava/Atlantic soundtrack to "Scooby-Doo" at No. 58, and Me'shell Ndegeocello's "Cookie: The Anthropological Mixtape" (Maverick) at No. 67.
A number of those albums fared better in urban markets. DJ Quik's set debuts at No. 7 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally, while "Soundbombing" lands at No. 8 and Ndegeocello's "Cookie" bows at No. 21.
As "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" hits theaters, the DMZ/Columbia soundtrack blasts 99-53 on The Billboard 200 on a 99.6% sales gain. Further down, the Neptunes' rock/rap project N*E*R*D skirts up 85-69 on a 39% sales boost for the Virgin set "In Search Of...," benefiting from some retail promotions and a national tour.
Ashanti's self-titled Murder Inc./Def Jam album tumbles 3-5 on The Billboard 200, although sales remained steady at 82,000 units. Her single "Foolish," meanwhile, is No. 1 on the Hot 100 for a 10th straight week. Nelly's "Hot in Herre" is the Hot 100's fastest-growing track at radio as it skips 5-3 this week, inching closer to unseating Ashanti as the June 25 release of the rapper's latest Fo' Real/Universal album, "Nellyville," approaches.
The Hot 100's fastest-growing track at retail is Truth Hurts' "Addictive" featuring Rakim, up one to No. 9 on the chart. The single is No. 2 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks list, where Cam'ron's "Oh Boy" featuring Juelz Santana is No.1 for a third week in a row.
The top debut on the Hot 100 comes courtesy of the Dixie Chicks, whose "Long Time Gone" enters at No. 67. Other notable entrees include the INC's "Down 4 U" featuring Ja Rule, Ashanti, Charli Baltimore, and Vita at No. 74, and Angie Martinez's "If I Could Go!" featuring Lil' Mo & Sacario at No. 91.
There's no change on Billboard's Top Country Albums tally where Kenny Chesney's "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems" (BNA) cruises to a seventh-straight week at No. 1, while George Strait's "Living and Living Well" unseats Alan Jackson's "Drive (for Daddy Gene)" at the top Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks roundup. The latter falls to No. 3 after a four-week run.