Eminem Holds Off Clapton, Bon Jovi, “Shaft” On Chart

It seems like no one — not guitar legends, not well-connected boys from Jersey, not even one bad, black private dick — can knock Eminem off the top of the album chart.

According to sales figures released by SoundScan on Wednesday, Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP” will continue to rule the roost next week, retaining the number spot on the “Billboard” album chart for a fourth straight week. Em sold an additional 519,000 copies of the album last week to best the rest of the pack once again, as total sales for the album now hover above 3.6 million copies.

Once again, Britney Spears plays runner-up, as her “Oops!… I Did It Again” sold an additional 323,000 copies to secure the number two spot. The new figures push Spears’ second album over the 3 million mark after five weeks in stores.

The highest debut of the week, and the strongest new threat to the top of the chart, comes courtesy of guitar heroes Eric Clapton and B.B. King, whose collaboration “Riding
With The King” sold more than 193,000 copies to debut at number three.

Jersey comeback artists Bon Jovi also boast a big debut this week as their “Crush” (powered by the single “It’s My Life”) sold more than 115,000 copies in its first week to debut at number nine.

Despite tracks from R. Kelly, Donell Jones, Carl Thomas, and an Oscar-winning theme song by Isaac Hayes, the soundtrack to director John Singleton’s revisitation of “Shaft” could not crack the Top 20 after its first week in stores. The soundtrack sold more than 62,000 copies in its first week to debut at number 22.

The week’s other notable debuts include MTV’s “Return Of The Rock” compilation (with Korn, Slipknot, Kid Rock, and others) at 50, Sinead O’Connor’s “Faith & Courage” at 55, NOFX’s “Pump Up The Valuum” at 61, the “Gone In 60 Seconds” soundtrack at 69, Modest Mouse’s “The Moon & Antarctica” at 120, Duran Duran’s “Pop Trash” at 135, Tragically Hip’s “Music @ Work” at 139, Uncle Kracker’s “Double
Wide” at 161, and Poison’s “Power To The People” at 166.