Papa Roach scurries to the upper reaches of The Billboard 200, but is held to No. 2 behind the still mighty “The Eminem Show” (Web/Aftermath/Interscope). Eminem’s set sold 381,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, more than double the 136,000 units Papa Roach’s “lovehatetragedy” (DreamWorks/Interscope) moved in its debut week. While the Eminem tally marks a 28% sales dip, it’s more than enough for the rapper to lead The Billboard 200 for a fifth-straight week.
“The Eminem Show” has now sold 3.3 million units, but Eminem will face stiff competition at No. 1 next week from St. Louis-based rapper Nelly’s latest album. “Nellyville” (Fo’ Reel/Universal) seems a lock to debut at the top of the chart, with projections of first week sales that may exceed 800,000 units. In fact, the set makes an early bow this week on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart at No. 93 due to street-date violations. First single “Hot in Herre” holds at No. 1 on the Hot 100 for a second week and is the chart’s fastest-growing track at radio. Eminem’s “Without Me” is No. 2 for a second week on that tally.
The Papa Roach set scores the band its highest ranking on The Billboard 200, and a much higher entry than its first album, “Infest,” which bowed at No. 48 in May 2000 on sales of 29,000 copies. “Infest” eventually peaked at No. 5 and has gone on to sell 3.2 million units. Current single “She Loves Me Not” is No. 6 on both the Mainstream and Modern Rock charts, and in heavy rotation on both MTV and MTV2.
Wyclef Jean has one of the stronger weeks of his career, as “Masquerade” (Columbia) struts to No. 6 on The Billboard 200 on sales of 81,000 units, marking his highest chart position as a solo artist. Yet the album wasn’t able to top the 95,000 first-week units sold by “The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book,” which landed at No. 9 in September 2000. “Masquerade” opens at No. 2 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally, and first single “Two Wrongs” moves up seven spots to No. 33 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.
Weighing in at No. 9 on The Billboard 200 is Our Lady Peace’s “Gravity” (Columbia). This is the first time the band has charted higher than No. 69 (with 1999’s “Happiness… Is Not a Fish That You Can Catch”), and the 67,000 units sold by “Gravity” is a hefty improvement over the 20,000 units “Spiritual Machines” sold in its first week last year. The recent success is fueled by the track “Somewhere Out There,” which peaked at No. 7 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart.
Latin pop singer Paulina Rubio has the best sales week of her career, arriving at No. 11 on The Billboard 200 with “Border Girl” (Universal) on sales of 56,000 units. Her self-titled 2000 album barely cracked The Billboard 200, peaking at No. 199 last March, but has sold 374,000 copies to date.
Other Billboard 200 newcomers include Anastacia’s “Freak of Nature” (Daylight/Epic) at No. 27, Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell’s second solo outing, “Degradation Trip,” (Roadrunner) at No. 33, the A*Teens’ “Pop ‘Til You Drop!” (Stockholm/MCA) at No. 45, the 2002 Vans Warped Tour compilation (Side One Dummy) at No. 55, and superstar DJ Paul Oakenfold’s “Bunkka” (Maverick) at No. 65.
Korn’s “Untouchables” (Epic) suffered a 70% drop in second-week sales to 132,000 units and slips 2-3 on The Billboard 200. The “Totally Hits 2002” compilation (Warner Music Group/BMG) was down 22% to 92,000 units and drops 3-4. New artist Avril Lavigne’s “Let Go” (Arista) rebounds 10-5 on a 25% sales increase to 88,000 copies. Her first single, “Complicated,” jumps 18-11 on the Hot 100. It’s the second week in a row that Lavigne has enjoyed a sales burst.
Kenny Chesney’s “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems” (BNA) returns to the top slot on Billboard’s Top Country Albums tally for an eighth non-consecutive week, displacing the never-say-die Lost Highway/Mercury soundtrack to “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” On the Hot Country Singles & Tracks roundup, Brad Paisley’s “I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song)” earns the singer his third No. 1 single, bumping George Strait’s “Living and Living Well” down to No. 2.
While Nelly’s “Hot in Herre” and Eminem’s “Without Me” have a hold on the Hot 100, Cam’ron’s “Oh Boy” featuring Juelz Santana continues to lead his fellow rappers in urban markets. “Oh Boy” tops the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart for a fifth-straight week, and leads Billboard’s Hot Rap Tracks for a fourth week in a row. “Hot in Herre” is at No. 2 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks tally, while “Without Me” jumps 22-13.
Once again the Hot 100’s fastest-growing track at retail is DJ Sammy & Yanou’s “Heaven” featuring Do, which jumps 38-25. The top debut on the tally is Pink’s “Just Like a Pill” at No. 61. Other notable entries include Tim McGraw’s “Unbroken” at No. 69, Tracy Byrd’s “Ten Rounds With Jose Cuervo” at No. 73, “Hoobastank’s “Running Away” at No. 76, and Marc Anthony’s “I’ve Got You” at No. 81.
Amid well-publicized legal problems, R. Kelly returns to the R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart at No. 69 with “Heaven I Need a Hug.” Yesterday (June 26), Kelly pleaded not guilty to 21 counts of child pornography in Chicago.
Over on the Modern Rock Tracks chart, the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “By the Way” begins its second-straight week at No. 1, while Puddle Of Mudd’s “Drift & Day” maintains its grip on the Mainstream Rock Tracks tally for the second week in a row.