Perhaps Eminem should have given his latest album a hands-off title like Untouchables, considering that a first-week showing by the mighty Korn could not lay a finger on the rapper's four-week hold upon the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart.
The Eminem Show bested Korn's fifth album by nearly 100,000 copies, according to SoundScan figures released Wednesday (June 19), keeping Slim Shady in the #1 slot on next week's chart. Em's follow-up to 2000's The Marshall Mathers LP posts sales above the half-million mark for the third week in a row, following an abbreviated first week due to an early release (see "Eminem Does What Diddy Does ... And In A Lot Less Time"), ending the week with a tally of more than 529,000.
The figures for Korn's new opus are hardly paltry, however. Untouchables scored the second-highest opening week for the nü-metal quintet; its more than 434,000 total placing behind 1999's Issues (575,000) and above 1998's Follow the Leader (268,000).
Sticks and Stones may break their bones, but it's also shattering records for pop-punks New Found Glory. The Floridian five-piece's third album lands at #4 with more than 91,000 copies sold.
Featuring Kelly Osbourne's singing debut, a cover of Madonna's "Papa Don't Preach," the 13-track various artists LP The Osbourne Family Album will place at #13 after its first week in stores. And the latest release from chameleon of rock David Bowie, Heathen, will make an impressive inaugural showing at #14 to round out next week's top 20 chart debuts.
Further down the chart, new albums by former Tony! Toni! Tone!/Lucy Pearl member Raphael Saadiq (Instant Vintage) and Brooklyn-born rapper AZ (Aziatic) will place at #25 and #29, respectively, while the Who's most recent best-of set, the double album Ultimate Collection, finds a home at #31.
Thanks to "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" being featured on cable TV, coupled with bluegrass crooner Ralph Stanley's appearance on "The Tonight Show" and anticipation for the second go-round of the Down From the Mountain Tour, the film's soundtrack will re-enter the top 10 at #7, up from #19 and increasing its weekly total by 30,000 copies. After 77 weeks on the chart, the LP has sold more than 5.4 million copies.
The hip-hop/R&B compilation Totally Hits 2, P. Diddy & Bad Boy Records' We Invented the Remix and Ashanti's eponymous debut will each slide a step to #3, #5 and #6, respectively; while Kenny Chesney's No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems and tough girl Avril Lavigne's Let Go will take two steps back to #8 and #10. Donell Jones' Life Goes On will slip six spots to #9 to round out next week's top 10.
While 12-spot leaps come from the "O Brother" soundtrack and Alan Jackson's Drive, which moves from #24 to #12, the flipside finds Dirty Vegas' self-titled debut diving a dozen places to #19 after its second week on sale.
"O Brother" and Drive would have staked claim to the biggest top-40 chart bumps, if it weren't for those meddling kids. After a couple of weeks, the soundtrack to last weekend's #1 box office ticket, "Scooby-Doo," will jump 20 places, from #58 to #38.
Other notable chart debuts include the "Lilo & Stitch" soundtrack at #57; Widespread Panic's Live in the Classic City at #99; the "Mr. Deeds" soundtrack at #133; Daz Dillinger's This Is the Life I Lead at #134; Atmosphere's God Loves Ugly at #139; the Clarks' Another Happy Ending at #143; and the Tragically Hip's In Violet Light at #169.