This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Lady Gaga replaced her labelmate Eminem atop the list as “ARTPOP” debuted at No. 1 with 258,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" fell to No. 2 with 210,000 in its second week.
As both artists share a label home at Interscope Records, this marks the first time the company has had back-to-back No. 1s with two different sets since the chart dated July 1, 2006. That week, Busta Rhymes' debuting "The Big Bang" (Aftermath/Interscope) replaced AFI's "Decemberunderground" (Tiny Evil/Interscope), which has bowed at No. 1 the week previous.
As usual, there were a number of movers and shakers outside the top 10 on the Billboard 200 this week. Let's take a look at some of them…
-- Lady Antebellum, "Golden" (No. 29): The album was reissued on Nov. 12, sporting six bonus tracks. In turn, the set rises 126-29 with a 174% gain (11,000 sold for the week). That is its best sales week since July. One of the album's new songs, "Compass," debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, coming in at No. 87.
-- Various Artists, "Ellen DeGeneres' I'm Gonna Make You Dance Jams" (No. 38): The compilation of dance tunes, presented by Ellen DeGeneres, debuts at No. 38 with 9,000 sold. It also takes a bow at No. 4 on the Compilation Albums chart.
This isn't the first time that TV talk show host/comedian DeGeneres has seen her name on the Billboard charts. In 1996, her stand-up album "Taste This" reached No. 30 on the Heatseekers Albums chart. It has sold 79,000 to date.
-- Tamar Braxton, "Winter Loversland" (No. 43): Earlier this year, the R&B singer returned to the list after a 13-year break with her second album, "Love and War." A much smaller gap of time has elapsed between her second and third sets, as her first Christmas collection bows (8,000; No. 43) a little more than two months after "Love and War's" debut.
-- Various Artists, "'Tis the Season" (No. 51): "'Tis the Season" is the latest release in Starbucks' annual Christmas compilation series, and it takes a bow at No. 51 with 7,000 sold. The coffee chain's holiday compilations can always be counted on to move significant units. Last year's "Under the Mistletoe" has sold 63,000; 2011's "Let It Snow" has shifted 95,000; and 2010's "Sleigh Ride," 109,000.
-- Soundtrack, "Elf" (No. 133): The soundtrack albums, which has become an annual favorite around Christmastime, re-enters the chart at No. 133 with a 72% gain. With 637,000 sold, the new-holiday favorite is the second-largest selling soundtrack among Christmas albums in the SoundScan era (1991-present). In that span of time, the only larger-selling holiday soundtrack is "The Polar Express" (706,000).
-- Barbra Streisand, "The Classic Christmas Album" (No. 150): Streisand's Nos. 3 and 7 biggest-selling albums of the SoundScan era are holiday releases, so it's not a surprise to see another Christmas set from the diva arrive (3,000; No. 150). (This new one is a compilation of tunes found on her two previous Christmas releases.)