There's just no other way to say it: It's all about Nelly.
The St. Louis rapper will once again have the top-selling album in the country next week, according to sales figures released by SoundScan on Wednesday. Nelly's "Country Grammar" sold another 191,000 copies last week to hold on to the number one spot on next week's "Billboard" album chart. Nelly has owned the top slot on the album chart for one month, having hit number one on August 16.
Nelly may owe a small bit of his continued chart success to his performance on last week's MTV Video Music Awards, which also gave a sales bump to rapper Eminem. After grabbing three awards and storming the VMAs with hundreds of look-alikes, Em saw sales of his "The Marshall Mathers LP" jump to 149,000 copies last week, after selling 145,000 copies the previous week. The sales bump was enough to goose Em's album up to number two on next week's chart.
The biggest debut of the week belongs to rapper C-Murder, whose
"Trapped In Crime" sold just under 76,000 copies in its first week in stores to land at number nine. Rapper Mack 10 also scored a Top 20 debut, as his "Paper Route" sold more than 47,000 copies to debut at number 19.
The week's other notable debuts include Jaci Velasquez's "Crystal Clear" at 49, the "Platinum Hits 2000" compilation at 63, the hard-rock-meets-hip-hop experiment "Loud Rocks" at 108.