'8 Mile' Cruises To Fifth Week At No. 1
Featuring hits by Eminem and 50 Cent, the Shady/Interscope soundtrack to "8 Mile" is on top of The Billboard 200 for a second week in a row, and fifth overall. The album survived a 62% drop to sales oFeaturing hits by Eminem and 50 Cent, the Shady/Interscope soundtrack to "8 Mile" is on top of The Billboard 200 for a second week in a row, and fifth overall. The album survived a 62% drop to sales of 119,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, to narrowly lead over Norah Jones' "Come Away With Me" (Blue Note/Capitol), up this week 7-2 despite taking a 46% sales hit to 118,000 copies.
With the New Year's Day holiday falling midweek and a lack of major new releases, sales were predictably down compared to the previous week. Jones' set performed consistently enough to take advantage of larger drops of albums by other artists, most notably Shania Twain. Her "Up!" (Mercury Nashville) rung in 2003 with a massive 68% blow to sales of 83,000 copies, which sends "Up!" down 2-8 on the chart.
Teen pop artist Avril Lavigne continues to show tenacity as "Let Go" (Arista) weathered a 57% dip to sales of 113,000 copies to hold at No. 3 on The Billboard 200. The Dixie Chicks also maintain their position, holding at No. 4 on sales of 97,000 copies of "Home" (Monument/Columbia), a 63% drop from the previous week's total. Expect healthy performances next week from the Dixie Chicks, Jones, and Lavigne, as the three received a combined 14 Grammy nominations to dominate the media's entertainment coverage.
Christina Aguilera's "Stripped" (RCA) endured a 54% sales hit to 95,000 copies, and the album jumps 8-5 on The Billboard 200. Jennifer Lopez's "This Is Me ... Then" (Epic) suffered a 59% slide to 94,800 copies, and the set falls one slot to No. 6, while Justin Timberlake's "Justified" (Jive) is also down one to No. 7 on a 61% dip to sales of 86,000 copies.
For a second week, Aaliyah's "I Care 4 U" (Blackground/Universal) rounds out the top-10 of The Billboard 200 with sales of 80,000 units. The set is once again the top seller in urban markets, and tops Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart for a third-straight week.