Eminem Scores Sales Record In Busy Chart Week

The hits keep coming, and sales records keep falling on the "Billboard" album chart.

Just one week after Britney Spears scored the highest one-week sales ever for a solo artist and less than two months after 'NSYNC shattered the mark for the biggest sales week ever, Eminem has scrawled his name in the record book as well.

According to sales figures released by SoundScan on Wednesday, the Detroit rapper sold a staggering 1.76 million copies of "The Marshall Mathers LP" in its first week in stores. The hefty sales figures give Em the record for the biggest one-week sales of any solo artist as well as the number one spot on next week's "Billboard" album chart.

Eminem topples the previous mark for solo sales, set by Britney last week (see "Britney Scores Record Sales Week"). While she lost that record, the 1.3 million sales week the teen pop star scored for her "Oops!… I Did It Again" last week still makes

for the best one-week sales ever for a female artist.

A couple of modern rock forces who share little else in common also manage impressive debuts. Matchbox 20's alt-rock, radio-friendly sound paid off again as the group's "Mad Season" sold more than 364,000 copies in its first week in stores to debut at number three. Meanwhile, the twisted progressive hard rock of A Perfect Circle (the union of Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan and guitarist Billy Howerdel) sold more than 188,000 copies in its first week to land at number four on the chart.

Rock vet Don Henley also boasts a top ten debut as well as his "Inside Job" moved more than 114,000 units to land at number seven.

For those of you keeping an eye on Dawn Robinson's latest endeavor, Lucy Pearl, and her old pals in En Vogue, Lucy Pearl's self-titled debut album sold just under 69,000 copies to debut at number 26 while En Vogue's "Masterpiece Theater" sold just under 21,000 copies to debut at 67.

The week's other notable debuts include the Limp Bizkit-driven live "Family Values" set at 32, Gloria Estefan's "Alma Caribena-Caribbean Soul" at 50, Sauce Money's "Middle Finger U" at 72, Dynamite Hack's "Superfast" at 84, XTC's "Wasp Star (Apple Venus Volume 2)" at 108, and Widespread Panic's "Another Joyous Occasion" at 161.