Deftones Debut At #3, With Busta Rhymes Just Behind

Eminem, Britney Spears wrestle for #1 spot.

Hard-rockers the Deftones and rapper Busta Rhymes will debut at #3 and #4, respectively, on next week's Billboard 200 albums chart, while Eminem and Britney Spears will hold firm in the top two spots.

Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP — the fastest selling rap album of all time — will remain at #1 for the fifth straight week, having sold an additional 409,400 copies. Spears, meanwhile, stays true to #2 with her sophomore album, Oops! ... I Did It Again, which moved 273,413 units.

Eminem said recently that his sales success has intensified scrutiny of his often-controversial lyrics, which have been called misogynistic and homophobic.

"I think the reason people take my rhymes and try to pick 'em apart is because I am selling so many records right now," he said. "If I was selling a hundred thousand records every time I came out, people wouldn't tend to analyze sh-- so much because there wouldn't be that much attention brought on me. But right now I may be like the spokesperson for the youth of our America, I guess, just because I say things that hit home with a lot of kids."

The Deftones' White Pony sold about 180,000 copies in its first week of release — about 10,000 more than Busta Rhymes sold of his Anarchy in its opening week.

White Pony, featuring the single "Change" (RealAudio excerpt), has a warmer, more melodic sound than the Deftones' previous album, 1997's fiery Around the Fur.

"I wanted to come from the other side of the spectrum, especially with the first single," frontman Chino Moreno said recently. "I think it was something a little different than what people are listening to on the radio right now. Everyone was expecting us to come out and just try to bite everyone's head off right away with all this anger."

Anarchy, Busta Rhymes' fourth album, is less pop-oriented and more street-based and underground than 1998's E.L.E.: Extinction Level Event — The Final World Front. The LP features production work by Swizz Beats, Rockwilder, DJ Shok and guest appearances by Lenny Kravitz, DMX, Jay-Z, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah.

The rest of the top 10 will be: *NSync's No Strings Attached at #5; Kid Rock's retrospective The History of Rock at #6; Creed's Human Clay at #7; guitar legends Eric Clapton and B.B. King's collaborative effort, Riding With the King, at #8; pop-rockers Matchbox Twenty's Mad Season by Matchbox Twenty at #9; and gangsta-rap group Three 6 Mafia's When the Smoke Clears at #10.

R&B group Next just missed the top 10 with Welcome II Nextacy, which will enter at #12.

Other notable debuts include: Jurassic 5's Quality Control at #43; Billy Gilman's One Voice at #52; k.d. lang's Invincible Summer at #58; Punk-O-Rama #5, featuring NOFX and All, at #71; MC Eiht's N' My Neighborhood at #95; Sunny Day Real Estate's Rising Tide at #97; Black Crowes's 1990-99 Greatest Hits at #143; SR-71's Now You See Inside at #148; Sasha & Digweed's Communicate at #149.