Nelly retains the title of sales-chart kingpin as his Nellyville topped sales of The Eminem Show for the second consecutive week.
Nelly's second album sold more than 447,000 copies last week, bringing its two-week total past the 1.1 million mark, according to SoundScan figures released Wednesday (July 10). Eminem's latest moved more than 263,000 copies to hang on to its #2 slot, where it's been since Nellyville bumped it from the top of the heap.
Following the heavyweight numbers thrown around by the two Midwest MCs, East coast crew Murder Inc. and Capone-N-Noreaga's N.O.R.E. claim the top 10's other two rap releases. Irv Gotti Presents the Inc., a star-studded assortment assembled by the CEO of the Murder Inc. imprint and featuring contributions from Ja Rule and Charli Baltimore, will make its chart debut at #3, having sold more than 192,000 copies. Meanwhile, N.O.R.E.'s God's Favorite, in its second week of release, drops five spots to #8, with 64,000 in sales.
Encompassing the band's influential career, the double-album set O Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits will debut at #4. More than 136,000 copies of the Boston quintet's third best-of collection in as many decades were scooped up by fans both young and old: newbies who needed an all-inclusive fix and those who can't seem to own enough CDs containing the past classics "Dream On" and "Walk This Way," as well as the more recent smashes "Jaded" and "Crazy."
Overall, it was a relatively sluggish week at retail, perhaps on account of what was a four-day holiday weekend for many. Weekly totals for all returning Top 20 LPs dropped compared with the previous tallies, with the exception of one. Seventeen-year-old punk-tart Avril Lavigne saw sales of her debut, Let Go, increase by more than 10,000, although it slid down a chart spot to #5 to make room for the two debuts.
The "Like Mike" soundtrack, led by the all-star remake of Kurtis Blow's '80s paean to hoops and fueled by the allure of the film's star, Bow Wow, will make its chart debut at #18. And what could be taken as a sign that the bands are past their popularity peak, new releases by Oasis and Green Day will place outside the top 20. Oasis' latest album, Heathen Chemistry, will land at #23; while Green Day's B-sides and rarities collection Shenanigans will come in at #27. Oasis's fifth album sold less than any of their previous studio LPs after their first weeks on sale, totaling 20,000 fewer copies than their last album, 2000's Standing on the Shoulder of Giants. As for Green Day, last year's best-of-with-a-new-song set, International Superhits!, placed at #40 after its first week in stores, the Bay Area punks' lowest chart appearance since 1994's Dookie. However, it managed to best Shenanigans' first-week sales, also by approximately 20,000 copies.
The remainder of the top 10 will consist of Ashanti's self-titled debut, remaining in its #6 spot while breaking the 2 million mark after 14 weeks on the chart, all of which were spent in the top 10; Korn's Untouchables at #7; Pink's Missundaztood at #9; and Totally Hits 2 bringing up the rear.
While no album in the top 20 advanced higher than one place from the position it held the previous week, four albums slid more than five places, including the aforementioned N.O.R.E.'s God's Favorite; Papa Roach's Lovehatetragedy (#8 to #13); Truth Hurts' Truthfully Speaking (#5 to #16); and Will Smith's Born to Reign (#13 to #19, despite his film "Men in Black II" taking top honors at the box office).
Other notable debuts on next week's chart include Chicago's greatest-hits collection Very Best Of: Only the Beginning at #38; So So Def Presents: Definition of Remix, masterminded by producer Jermaine Dupri, at #117; Nas' remix effort From Illmatic to Stillmatic at #123; and the Beach Boys' Classics ... Selected by Brian Wilson at #159.