This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" returned to No. 1, spending a second week in the top slot. The album sold 120,000 copies last week (down 43%). Last week's No. 1, Lady Gaga's "ARTPOP," fell to No. 8 in its second week, selling 46,000 (down 82%).
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:
-- Mary J. Blige, "A Mary Holiday" - No. 13 - Starbucks recently began carrying the album, which is up by 110% to 31,000 -- its best sales week yet. The set rises 22-13 (a new peak) and also benefits from a performance from Blige on HSN, which aired on Nov. 17.
-- Sammy Adams, "Homecoming" (EP) - No. 45 - After more than three years away from the chart, the Boston rapper returns with his new EP, bowing with 8,000. It follows his Boston's Boy EP, which debuted and peaked at No. 73 on March 20, 2010 with just under 8,000.
-- Ghost B.C., "If You Have a Ghost" - No. 87 - Dave Grohl produced this five-song EP (5,000) for the Swedish metal band, which includes covers of Depeche Mode ("Waiting for the Night") and fellow Swedish acts Army of Lovers ("Cruicified") and ABBA ("I'm a Marionette").
-- AWOLNATION, "Megalithic Symphony" - No. 104 - The album was reissued on Nov. 19 in a deluxe edition, which sports an additional CD's worth of bonus tracks and remixes. The new version helps pump a 93% sales gain for the set, which rises to 5,000 for the week.
-- Cody Simpson, "The Acoustic Sessions" (EP) - No. 118 - The singer's new five-song acoustic set (selling a bit more than 4,000) boasts a cover of the holiday standard "Please Come Home For Christmas." The EP will be supported by an Acoustic Sessions tour, which kicks off Jan. 10 in Santa Ana, Calif. and wraps on Jan. 31 in Denver.
-- Alan Jackson, "The Bluegrass Album" - No. 125 - The set becomes the year's biggest-selling bluegrass album this week, as its total sales rise to 82,000. It jumps ahead of Steve Martin & Edie Brickell's "Love Has Come For You" (81,000).
-- Trans-Siberian Orchestra, "Christmas Eve and Other Stories" - No. 142 - The album return to the list this week, and is always a popular seller around the holidays. The 1996 release is the ninth-largest selling holiday set of the SoundScan era (1991-present), with 3.4 million sold. It continues to sell well, all these years later. In 2012, it shifted 92,000 and in 2011 it moved 87,000 -- with the bulk of those sales coming around Christmas.
-- Fifth Harmony, "Better Together" (Acoustic) - No. 189 - It's the fourth charting set for the vocal quintet, as they released a studio version of this album earlier this year (No. 6 debut and peak), along with a Spanish EP titled "Juntos" (No. 2 on Latin Albums) and "Juntos: Acoustic" (No. 12 on Latin).