‘8 Mile’ Soundtrack Edges Timberlake To Top Billboard Albums Chart

Justified takes #2 behind the unstoppable Eminem machine.

Despite a strong first-week showing from Justin Timberlake’s solo debut, the
“8 Mile” soundtrack will stay a stride ahead of the ’NSYNC singer on next
week’s Billboard albums chart.

Timberlake Justified his #2 position with more than 439,000 copies
sold, according to SoundScan figures released Wednesday. However, fueled by
the adrenaline-inducing single “Lose Yourself” and the momentum associated
with the film topping weekend box-office charts (see ” ’8 Mile’ Goes The Dista
nce With Record-Breaking Opening Weekend”
“), the Eminem-stamped
soundtrack bested the NSYNCer’s LP by more than 68,000 copies to bring its
two-week total to more than 1.2 million.

Eminem’s über-presence in the media last week made more than 114,000
people realize that he’s not just a movie star — he’s got an album out,
too. Sales to those catching on late in the game allowed The Eminem
to continue its 25-week engagement in the top 10. The LP actually
increased its weekly sales tally from last week’s 99,000, nudging it up a
slot on to #7. In all, the rapper’s third major-label album clocks in with
total sales upwards of 6.5 million.

Picked from hits of the last decade, including “Beautiful Day,” “One” and
“Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of,” U2’s “The Best Of 1990-2000
will debut at #3 with more than 184,000 copies sold. The landing surprised
many chart watchers, not the least of whom is Christina Aguilera, whose
second album, Stripped, will drop to #4 (168,000) in its second week.

Jaheim got into the #8 slot with Still Ghetto (see “Jaheim Shooting
For 10 Million With Still Ghetto
“), his follow-up to last
year’s Ghetto Love, while fans are still gettin’ into the Dave
Matthews Band big time. The group’s Live at Folsom Field – Boulder,
which will follow at #9, continues their streak of
high-charting LPs. Since 1994’s breakthrough Under the Table and
eight of their nine full-length albums — including live
records — have placed in the top 10. Listener Supported,
released in 1999, came in at #15.

Elsewhere in the chart’s top 10, Santana’s Shaman will slip a spot to
#5; Faith Hill’s Cry will maintain its #6 position for the second
week, and Nirvana’s greatest hits collection, Nirvana, will bring up
the rear, falling seven spots from its #3 debut.

Juggalos nationwide united to give the Insane Clown Posse their highest chart
debut in three years. The harrowing harlequins’ latest album, The Wraith:
(see “Insane Clown Posse Find Light (And Hotties, Homies,
Faygo) At End Of Tunnel
“), will
land at #15 with more than 76,000 copies sold. Only 1999’s The Amazing
Jeckel Brothers,
— which came in at #4 and sold nearly twice as
much — proved a more successful debut for the clown-faced couple.

“The Other Side,” the first single from acoustic softie David Gray’s latest
album, A New Day at Midnight, helped propel the new release into top
20 territory. The British bard’s fifth album will land at #17 after selling
more than 71,000 copies in its first week.

In July, he presented the Inc. Now Irv Gotti has served more dishes with a
new twist from his posse (see “Irv Gotti Shooting Ja Rule, Bobby Brown,
Charli; Reveals Remixes List
“), and hip-hop heads are
salivating for a taste. Irv Gotti Presents the Remixes, featuring new
takes on tunes by Ashanti (“Unfoolish”), Toni Braxton (“Me and My
Boyfriend”), and Ja Rule (“No One Does It Better”), among others, will come
in at #24 with more than 46,000 copies sold.

The Wallflowers’ make their second attempt to match the success of their 1996
breakthrough, Bringing Down the Horse, with Red Letter Days (see
Red Letter Days Shows Wallflowers Aren’t Leaving The Dance “), which will place at #32 with
more than 38,000 copies sold. Unfortunately for Jakob Dylan and company,
2000’s Breach fared far better after its first week in stores, having
come in at #13 with more than 80,000 copies sold.

Other notable debuts on next week’s chart include Italian opera singer Andrea
Bocelli’s Sentimento at #12 (98,000); “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”
soundtrack alum Alison Krauss’ Live at #36; classic rockers Boston’s
first full-length album of new material in eight years, Corporate Ame
at #42; Eric Clapton’s two-disc tour re-visitation, One More
Car, One More Rider,
at #43; Missy Elliott and Timbaland
protégé Ms. Jade’s Girl Interrupted at #51; R&B crooner
Brian McKnight’s 13-year retrospective, From There to Here 1989-2002,
at #62; living legend Johnny Cash’s latest covers album, Amercian IV: The
Man Comes Around,
at #70; Grandes Exitos, a best-off culled from
Shakira’s three Spanish-language albums, at #80; Björk’s Greatest
at #115; Badly Drawn Boy’s uncharacteristically peppy pop album (see
” Badly Drawn Boy Salutes Cobain, Turns Down Madonna “), Have You Fed
the Fish?
at #135; and Ours’ second LP, Precious, at #187.