When opportunity knocks, Eminem jumps, shoots and scores. The Eminem Show is still in the top 10 of the Billboard albums chart 24 weeks after its release, his first movie, "8 Mile," is poised to blow up at the box office, and the film's soundtrack will debut at #1 on next week's chart.
The disc, which sold over 702,000 copies, features four new Eminem tracks, including the explosive hit "Lose Yourself," as well as new songs by D12, Nas, Jay-Z and Freeway, and others. 8 Mile more than doubled the sales of rival Christina Aguilera's revealing new album Stripped, which sold just over 330,000 copies and will debut at #2.
Landing in the #3 slot is Nirvana's self-titled greatest-hits collection, which moved over 234,000 copies thanks largely to the inclusion of the previously unreleased single You Know You're Right.
Spiritual rocker Santana, who nailed the top slot last week with Shaman, will drop to #4, selling nearly 175,000 copies. Country trio Rascal Flatts will take the #5 spot, shifting almost 170,000 units of their second album, Melt. And in her third week of sales, Faith Hill will slide to the sixth chart position after selling around 147,000 of her fifth album, Cry.
Tori Amos will take the #7 position, selling over 107,000 copies of her new album, Scarlet's Walk. Avril Lavigne will slip one notch to #9, though the additional 95,000 copies sold brings her grand total for Let Go up to over 2,504,000 copies since its June 4 release, making her one of the top sellers of the year with less than six months of total sales. Dixie Chicks will round out the top 10, moving almost 86,000 more copies of Home.
While old-school and classic rock artists dominated the charts for much of October, the spate of new acts with fourth-quarter releases pushed some of the geezers down the ladder. Elvis 30 #1 Hits will slide six slots to #6, selling over 82,000 copies, Rolling Stones' Forty Licks will drop five spots to #14 with over 72,000 in sales, and Rod Stewart's It Had to Be You... The Great American Songbook will slip 12 to #16, selling just over 70,000 copies.
Some young acts experienced disappointing first weeks. Backstreet Boy Nick Carter will land at #17, selling over 67,000 copies of his first solo album, Now or Never, and Shaggy will debut at #24 with his new record Lucky Day, which sold almost 50,000.
Two years after their last record, Btnhressurection, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony will debut at #12 with Thug World Order, which sold over 82,000. Nelly will land at #13, selling over 74,000 more copies of Nellyville. It will be the first time the album will drop out of the top 10 since its July 25 release.
Georgia rappers Lil Jon & the Eastside Boyz will debut at #15, selling over 71,000 copies of Kings of Crunk, and rapper Tank's second record, One Man, will hit #20 in its first week with over 57,000 copies sold.
While former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl is probably happy with that band's chart position, he can't be too thrilled that his band Foo Fighters' fourth album, One by One, will drop 16 positions to #19, selling over 57,000 copies. The Queens of the Stone Age's Songs for the Deaf, on which Grohl also plays, will plummet 24 places to #90, moving just over 13,000.
Other sales disappointments include Kelly Rowland's Simply Deep, which will fall 13 positions in its second week to #25, selling over 42,000, and 3LW's A Girl Can Mack, which will drop 31 slots to #56, selling just over 19,000 in its second week.
Totally Hits 2002 also won't meet expectations, landing at #21 with almost 55,000 copies sold. Its predecessor, Totally Hits 2001, debuted at #3 last year, selling nearly 139,000 copies. A sister album, Totally Hits Country, will debut at #23, selling almost 53,000.
Icelandic experimental atmospheric band Sigur Ros will surprise many by debuting at #51 with their third album (), which sold more than 20,000. Thanks to the recent DVD release of "Spider-Man," the film's soundtrack will re-enter the charts at #63.
Hacky sack kickers can rejoice, as four new Phish live albums will debut simultaneously on the charts, selling more than 33,000 copies total. The highest ranked of the batch will be Live Phish, Vol. 13, and it will debut at #112 with sales over 10,000.
In the wake of the murder of Jam Master Jay, Run-DMC's Greatest Hits will resurface on the chart at #117, selling almost 9,800 copies.