Eminem must be pleased. Like Slim Shady himself, his "band" is getting a reputation for debuting at #1 on the Billboard albums chart.
Just as Em's The Marshall Mathers LP (2000) and The Eminem Show (2002) took the top spot after one week in stores, D12 World makes it two-for-two for the Detroit sextet. The group's debut, Devils Night, sold more than 371,000 copies to enter at #1 in June 2001, and with "My Band" dominating the airwaves, D12 World sold more than 544,000 copies to take the #1 slot on next week's chart, according to SoundScan.
The hip-hop crew's massive haul was enough to show Usher to his new seat at #2. Mr. Entertainment's five-week run at #1 has been the most impressive chart story of the year: Confessions has sold more than 2.8 million copies in six weeks. And though it will drop a notch on next week's chart, its 262,000 copies is actually a slight improvement on the previous week's figures.
Prince managed to hold his ground at #3 with Musicology, which tacked on 171,000 copies, thanks to album sales combined with five shows' worth of concert tickets (each concertgoer is given a copy of the album, with its cost factored into ticket prices). The enigmatic and innovative performer is followed by jazz singer Diana Krall's Girl in the Other Room at #4, with more than 144,000 copies sold.
"The Reason" Hoobastank's latest album continues its three-week stay in the top 10 has everything to do with its title track. While video spins continue to be high, the band's latest single is receiving airplay on six different radio formats, and is in the top 10 on four of them. The 'Stank's second album will slip two spots to #7, though its weekly sales increased another 10 percent to total at more than 81,000 copies.
Bringing up the rear of next week's top 10, American Idol Season 3: Greatest Soul Classics might be proof that the country still has a place in its heart for the losers, though perhaps it's the inclusion of the five remaining finalists — Fantasia Barrino, George Huff, Diana DeGarmo, La Toya London and Jasmine Trias — that helped the album to sell more than 55,000 copies for a #10 debut.
The rest of the top crop will find Mario Winans' Hurt No More dropping three spots to #5 (with more than 124,000 copies sold); Now That's What I Call Music! 15 stepping back two places to #6 (85,000); Kanye West's The College Dropout moving ahead two places to #8 (60,000); and Evanescence's Fallen maintaining its #9 position and surpassing the 5 million mark in total sales after more than a year on the chart.
Beyoncé's concert DVD/CD package Live at Wembley will bow at #17, while living legend Loretta Lynn's Van Lear Rose makes its presence known — amid loads of press and a helping hand from Jack White, who produced and appears on the album — at #24.
Significant sales strides were taken by the "13 Going on 30" soundtrack, which will jump 24 spots to #41; John Mayer's Heavier Things, up 28 spots to #84; and Franz Ferdinand's self-titled debut, up 33 places to #93.
For a full-length feature on Eminem and D12, check out "Eminem: Rolling The Dice On D12."
And listen to the new D12 album on MTV.com's the Leak.