Eminem 'Shows' The Competition Who's Boss
Eminem's "The Eminem Show" (Web/Aftermath/Interscope) streaks to its second-straight week atop The Billboard 200 after selling an impressive 1.32 million copies in its first full week of release, theEminem's "The Eminem Show" (Web/Aftermath/Interscope) streaks to its second-straight week atop The Billboard 200 after selling an impressive 1.32 million copies in its first full week of release, the fifth-highest one week sales total in the SoundScan era. Eminem's 10-day sales total is now 1.6 million, according to Nielsen SoundScan; his last album, "The Marshall Mathers LP," sold 1.76 million units in its first week in 2000.
"The Marshall Mathers LP" remains the third-highest weekly total since SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991. The two albums with the highest one-week sales figures belong to 'N Sync, whose Jive releases "No Strings Attached" and "Celebrity" sold 2.42 million and 1.88 million units, respectively. Backstreet Boys' "Black and Blue" (Zomba/Jive) owns the fourth-biggest sales week at 1.59 million.
This week's sales for "The Eminem Show," which is also No. 1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally, just edge out the former No. 5 title on the all-time list, Britney Spears' "Oops! ... I Did It Again" (Zomba/Jive), which totaled 1.31 million units in June 2000. Eminem's single "Without Me" holds at No. 4 on Billboard's Hot 100, but strong airplay growth suggests that the song may move up soon, possibly bringing in an end to Ashanti's reign with "Foolish." That track is No. 1 on the Hot 100 for a ninth week in a row.
Other than "The Eminem Show," the rest of the albums in the top-10 show sales decreases, indicating that the rapper's huge sales are not helping other titles. Sales of P. Diddy's compilation "We Invented the Remix" (Bad Boy/Arista) were down 19% to 117,000 units but the set holds at No. 2. Ashanti's self-titled debut slipped 6% to 82,000 units but bounces up 5-3. Cam'ron's "Come Home" (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam) slid 29% to 77,000 copies but stays at No. 4. Celine Dion's "A New Day Has Come" (Epic) dropped 13% to 70,000 units but moves up 6-5.
A few titles are making gains. Shakira's "Laundry Service" (Epic) scoots 19-13 on a 7% sales increase bolstered by an appearance on NBC's "Today," and adult crooner Josh Groban skips backs into the top-20 after an appearance on "The View." His self-titled Reprise set rises 24-17 on a 12% sales hike.
Elsewhere, the Bryan Adams-heavy soundtrack to "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron" (A&M/Interscope) gallops 89-45 in its second week on the tally, a 70% sales sprint fueled by increased media exposure for Adams. Swedish buzz band the Hives continue to gain momentum; the band's "Veni Vide Vicious" (Epitaph/Sire) soars 115-77 on a 25% sales bump. The single "Hate To Say I Told You So" leaps 27-23 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart.
Kenny Chesney's "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems" (BNA) has no difficulty leading Billboard's Top Country Albums tally for a sixth week in a row and jumps 9-8 on The Billboard 200. Alan Jackson's "Drive (For Daddy Gene") cruises to a fourth-straight week on top of Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks tally.
If Enimem's "Without Me" continues to make radio gains, it won't be the only single vying for the No. 1 slot on the Hot 100. The chart's fastest-growing track at radio is Nelly's "Hot in Herre," which skips 5-3 this week to settle behind P. Diddy's "I Need a Girl (Part One)" featuring Usher & Loon, which is No. 2. Spins for "Hot in Herre" should increase as the June 25 release date for the rapper's "Nellyville" (Fo' Real/Universal) approaches. "Hot in Herre" hops 12-10 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks roundup, where Cam'ron's "Oh Boy" featuring Juelz Santana leads for a second-straight week.
The Hot 100's fastest-growing track at retail is Isyss' "Day + Night" featuring Jadakiss, hanging on at No. 98, while the chart's top debut is the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "By the Way" at No. 55. The track is from the band's forthcoming Warner Bros. album of the same name, due July 9. Other newcomers include Darryl Worley's "I Miss My Friend" at No. 73 and Dave Matthews Band's "Where Are You Going" at No. 76.
Chad Kroeger's "Hero" fronts the Modern Rock Tracks chart for a second week in a row and knocks Godsmack's "I Stand Alone" from the top of Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks tally. The latter cut had ruled the chart for four weeks.