Chart Moves: All Eight of Eminem's Albums on the Billboard 200 This Week

This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Eminem was the big news as his "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" debuted at No. 1, selling 792,000 in its first week -- according to Nielsen SoundScan. Celine Dion played a distant runner-up to Slim Shady, as her "Loved Me Back to Life" opened at No. 2 with 77,000.

But of course there were a number of movers and shakers outside the top 10, as usual. Let's take a look at some of them:

-- Eminem - All eight of Eminem's albums are on the chart this week, marking the most concurrently-charting albums for any act since April 14, 2012, when the late Whitney Houston also filled eight spots shortly after her death.

Eminem of course leads the tally at No. 1 this week, but also charts titles at Nos. 30, 58, 64, 94, 115, 158 and 159.

Houston logged eight concurrently-charting albums in four separate weeks in 2012. She additionally had a week (March 17, 2012) where nine of her albums were on the chart, and then, on March 10, she had 10 on the list.

Since the Billboard 200 started using Nielsen SoundScan sales data in May of 1991, the only act to concurrently chart more than 10 titles is the Beatles. The group logged 11 albums on the Jan. 9, 2010 chart, and 14 on the Dec. 4, 2010 list.

It's more common in recent years for acts to chart multiple albums on the chart, due to changes in how the chart is compiled. Until Dec. 5, 2009, the chart only included current and newly-released albums. Older titles -- known as catalog -- were barred from the list once they reached particular age and dropped below a certain position on the list.

With that old rule lifted, we can now see some acts return to the list with multiple years-old albums. This often happens in the same week when an artist has released a big-selling new album, as their catalog of older albums is often sale-priced and promoted at retail.

-- The Wanted, "Word of Mouth" - No. 17 - The British vocal group returns with its second entry, which starts with 16,000 sold. It follows its self-titled 2012 debut, which bowed and peaked at No. 7 with 34,000. In the act's U.K. homeland, the new set enters the Official U.K. chart at No. 9, marking its third top 10 set.
 
-- Stryper, "No More Hell to Pay" - No. 35 - The Christian rock band returns with its best Nielsen SoundScan-era sales week (10,000) and highest-charting album since 1988's "In God We Trust" reached No. 32. Notably, 94% of the new set's sales came from the mainstream market, versus just 6% at Christian retail.

-- The Jimi Hendrix Experience, "Miami Pop Festival" - No. 39 - It's the second top 40 album for Hendrix this year, following "People, Hell and Angels" (No. 2, March 23). The late legend hadn't had a pair of new top 40-peaking albums since 1971, when "The Cry of Love" (No. 3) and "Rainbow Bridge" (No. 15) both arrived in the region.

-- Soundtrack, "Glee the Music: Season 5 - A Katy or a Gaga (EP)" - The guest-star-powered EP features both Adam Lambert and Demi Lovato covering four songs from Katy Perry and Lady Gaga (two each). The 21st charted set for the "Glee" ensemble sells 8,000 downloads as a digital exclusive.

-- David Bowie, "The Next Day" - No. 152 - A deluxe reissue of the album with bonus tracks enables its return to the chart with a 708% gain. The set's new bonus cuts were also available as a stand-alone EP titled "The Next Day Extra," which sold 2,000.

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