Eminem Does What Diddy Does ... And In A Lot Less Time

Slim Shady moves more than 284,000 copies of The Eminem Show in its first days of release.

It took Eminem only a few days to do what took P. Diddy a whole week to accomplish.

Not only will the Detroit rapper's The Eminem Show bump P. Diddy and Bad Boy Records' We Invented the Remix from the #1 position on next week's Billboard albums chart after having been "officially" on sale for only one day, it will take the top slot with a higher first-week total by more than 30,000.

To take nothing away from the impressive tally — The Eminem Show came in with more than 284,000 in sales, according to SoundScan figures released Wednesday (May 29) — the length of time the album was actually on sale varied. Although Eminem's third album was pushed from its original drop date and formally released Sunday (see "Eminem Show Moved Up Again — Album In Stores Sunday"), the final day of the SoundScan cycle, several retailers began to stock and sell it as early as Friday, to give the album a three-day shelf life. A press release from Interscope Records issued Wednesday cited that the total was derived from a 36-hour sales period.

Trailing P. Diddy's remix set, which sold more than 143,000 copies, will be Marc Anthony's Mended, spurred by the single "I've Got You." The Latin-crossover singer's latest sold more than 111,000 copies in its first week to finish in the third slot.

The self-titled debut by Box Car Racer, the side project formed by Blink-182's Travis Barker and Tom DeLonge, was the third most popular new release and will come in at #12 with more than 65,000 sold. That's a step above Off the Hook — the inaugural album of hip-hop hits from the creators of the Now That's What I Call Music! series — which sold about 1,000 fewer copies.

Amy Grant's religious collection, Legacy Hymns & Faith, at #21 (46,000) and Tommy Lee's second post-Mötley Crüe opus, Never a Dull Moment, at #39 (28,000) round out next week's top 40 newcomers to the chart.

Thanks to last week's broadcast of the annual Academy of Country Music Awards show, country albums will be responsible for the largest chart gains. Kenny Chesney's No Shoes No Shirt No Problems will lurch four spots to re-enter the top 10 at #9. Similarly, Drive, by Alan Jackson, who took home three ACM awards, vaults eight spots to #18. Other country albums to see a big chart bump are Toby Keith's Pull My Chain (#76 to #67); Martina McBride's Greatest Hits (#121 to #71); three-time winner Brooks & Dunn's Steers & Stripes (#132 to #77); and Travis Tritt's 2000 album, Down the Road I Go (#114 to #85).

While country artists surged up the chart this week, hipster musicians have taken a tumble. Moby's 18, which debuted on the last chart at #4, will fall to #10; while Weezer's Maladroit will dive 13 places from #3 to #16.

The remainder of next week's top 10 includes Cam'ron's Come Home With Me, slipping two places to #4; Ashanti's eponymous debut moving forward from #7 to #5; Celine Dion's A New Day Has Come also moving up two places to #6; Musiq's Juslisen forfeiting two slots to #7; and Now That's What I Call Music! Vol. 9 taking a step ahead to #8.

Next week's top 40 extremes will come courtesy of career artists with nearly three decades' worth of albums under their belts. Barry Manilow's latest hits collection, Ultimate Manilow, will spring 14 places from #36 to #22; while

Rush's Vapor Trails leaves one in its wake as it plummets from #6 to #29, with more than a one-third reduction in sales compared to the previous week.

Rounding out next week's notable chart debuts will be Phil Lesh & Friends' There and Back Again at #79; NOFX's 45 or 46 Songs That Weren't Good Enough to Go on Our Other Records at #80; Superjoint Ritual's Use Once and Destroy at #87; the NASCAR compilation Crank It Up at #90; Something Corporate's Leaving Through the Window at #101; Poison's Hollyweird at #103; Dayton Family's Dope House at #107; the Breeders' Title TK at #130; Goldfinger's Open Your Eyes at #136; MxPx's Ten Years and Running at #147; Bryan Ferry's Frantic at #189 and Dio's Killing the Dragon at #199.