The Eminem Show isn’t getting top billing in Nellyville.
After five weeks at the top, the Detroit rapper was dethroned by his St.
Louis peer, whose second album sold more than 714,000 copies in its first
week, enough to claim the #1 position on next week’s Billboard 200
albums chart, according to SoundScan figures released Wednesday (July 3).
Sales of Nelly’s follow-up to 2000’s Country Grammar more than
doubled that of Eminem’s latest LP, which sold over 307,000 copies to give
it a six-week total in excess of 3.6 million copies.
Despite the step down, Eminem can still take comfort in knowing that he
continues to trump much of the competition. Coming closest to Slim Shady’s
sales is N.O.R.E.’s God’s Favorite, the third solo album by half of
Capone-N-Noreaga, which sold more than 118,000 copies to come in at #3.
Rounding out the chart’s top-10 debuts is the first offering from Truth
Hurts, Truthfully Speaking, which lands at #5 after selling more than
Avril Lavigne will continue her ascension, peaking at #4 thanks to the pop
hit “Complicated,” from her debut album, Let Go, which sold more than
112,000 copies last week.
Rock took a back seat to rap on the chart, as Korn’s Untouchables
(79,000 sold) was pushed from last week’s #2 debut position to #7, and Papa
Roach’s Lovehatetragedy (74,000) will slide from #2 to #8. Each album
saw a dip in weekly sales totals of more than 52,000 copies.
Rapper/actor Will Smith may need another week to become heir to the top 10
positions, as his third solo LP, Born to Reign, debuts at #13.
Perhaps the opening of his “Men in Black II,” which features the single
“Black Suits Comin’ (Nod Ya Head),” will help drive the album to a more
regal location for the former Fresh Prince.
The rest of the top 10 includes Ashanti’s self-titled debut, moving up a
notch to #6; Totally Hits 2 dropping five spots to #9; and Pink’s
Missundaztood holding at #10.
Wyclef Jean’s Masquerade fell victim to a second-week sales slide,
dropping from a #6 debut to #17. The multitalented musician’s weekly sales
totals fell from 81,000 to 43,000, giving Masquerade the distinction
of being the LP to move the farthest in either direction among top 20
Longer distances are traveled down in top 40 territory. Our Lady Peace’s
Gravity lived up to its name by falling 22 places to #31, and Paulina
Rubio’s Border Girl plummeted 27 spots to #38 in its second week.
Conversely, Enrique Iglesias was able to rejuvenate his Escape. On
the heels of a new single, “Don’t Turn Off the Lights,” and
appearances/performances on the “Today” show and “TRL,” the LP will move up
more than 21 places to #36 seven months after its release.
Other notable debuts include Shedaisy’s Knock on the Sky at #23;
Soulfly’s 3 at #46; Nonpoint’s Development at #52; the
various-artists collection This Is Ultimate Dance at #61; Epitaph’s
Punk-O-Rama Vol. 7 at #67; Ozzy Osbourne’s first live album in 12
years, Live at Budokan at #70; comedian Steve Harvey’s
recommendation-fest Sign of Things to Come: Steve’s Picks of the Year’s
Hottest R&B and Hip Hop at #73; Queensbridge rapper Cormega’s True
Meaning at #95; Reel Big Fish’s Cheer Up! at #115; Sonic Youth’s
Murray Street at #126; Joe Satriani’s Strange Beautiful Music
at #140; Halford’s Crucible at #144; Trance Party Vol. 2 at
#177; the re-release of Nickelback’s debut album, Curb, at #182; and
Home Grown’s Kings of Pop at #189.
For a full-length feature on Nelly, check out “Nelly: Still Fly.”