Eminem just scored another #1 album. Almost a year to the day after his comeback smash Recovery crashed the charts with more than 741,000 in sales, the Detroit rapper’s collaborative EP with pal Royce Da 5’9″ as Bad Meets Evil, Hell: The Sequel, will hit the top of the charts as well, though it didn’t post anywhere near the gaudy numbers of Slim Shady’s solo effort.
The album moved a modest 171,000 copies in its first week, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan, just besting the latest album from 11-year-old “American’s Got Talent” soprano opera singer Jackie Evancho, Dream With Me, which sold 161,000.
The second release from one-man emo band Owl City, All Things Bright and Beautiful , debuts at #6 on next week’s chart, with sales of 48,000, while classic crooner Barry Manilow makes it to #7 with 15 Minutes (36,000), his first album of all-original material in more than a decade. R&B singer Ledisi is just behind at #8 with Pieces of Me (36,000).
The rest of the top 10: Adele, 21 (#3, 115,000); Lady Gaga, Born This Way (#4, 68,000); Jason Aldean, My Kinda Party (#5, 51,000); Brad Paisley, This is Country Music (#9, 35,000) and the cast recording of the Tony-winning Broadway show “The Book of Mormon”(#10, 34,000).
Among the other chart debuts are makeup-wearing rockers Black Veil Brides with Set the World On Fire (#17, 23,000) and the debut EP from YouTube sensation Selena Gomez tourmate Christina Grimmie, Find Me (#35, 13,000).
After finally opening on Broadway, following months of maligned previews and technical glitches, the soundtrack to the
Turn Off the Dark” musical, featuring music performed by the cast as well as score writers Bono and the Edge of U2, hit the charts at #86 on soft sales just shy of 7,000.
On the iTunes charts, Em and Royce ruled the album tally, followed by Adele, Owl City, Journey’s Greatest Hits album — which led a parade of classics as part of a low-dough Father’s Day digital special also including the Nothing But the Best Frank Sinatra comp (#5) and Bob Marley’s Legend (#6) — as well as Grimmie (#7), Gaga, Mumford & Sons’ Sigh No More and Evancho.
On the iTunes singles chart, Katy Perry hit the top again with “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” besting LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem,” Pitbull’s “Give Me Everything,” Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” and Gaga’s “The Edge of Glory.” Rounding out the singles tally were Nicki Minaj with “Super Bass” (#6), Bad Meets Evil’s “Lighters,” Lil Wayne’s “How to Love,” Bruno Mars’ “The Lazy Song” and Aldean’s “Dirt Road Anthem.”
There could be a few new names in the top 10 next week, thanks to debuts from R&B singer Jill Scott, mellow folkie Bon Iver, LMFAO, Pitbull and comedian “Weird Al” Yankovic .