It took a [article id="1715644"]"Rap God"[/article] to stop a pop ruler on the Billboard Digital Songs chart.
After running the board for several weeks (while [article id="1715510"]topping[/article] the Billboard Hot 100 tally), "Royals" by New Zealand's Lorde fell to #2 (256,000), taking a back seat to the third promotional track to be released from Eminem's upcoming [article id="1715440"]The Marshall Mathers LP 2.[/article]
"Rap God" moved 270,000, which was a bit behind the 356,000 sold by "Berzerk" in its first week, but well ahead of the numbers for "Survival" (112,000).
Bieber Does It Again
In a week when many of the names in the top 10 suffered drops, Justin Bieber came in at #6 with the latest fresh track released as part of his Music Mondays series, [article id="1715629"]"All That Matters"[/article] (127,000).
The rest of the top 10: Katy Perry, "Roar" (#3, 189,000), Avicii, "Wake Me Up" (#4, 184,000), Cyrus, "Wrecking Ball" (#5, 165,000), Drake, "Hold On, We're Going Home" (#7, 107,000) and Ylvis, "The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)" (#8, 104,000). The only newcomer in the tally was OneRepublic's "Counting Stars," which moved up a few spots to #9 thanks to sales of 103,000.
Pearl Jam Score Lucky #5
Twenty years into their [article id="1715700"]almost guaranteed Rock and Roll hall of Fame career[/article] , Pearl Jam clearly still have it. The group's 10th studio album, Lightning Bolt will become their second #1 debut in a row next week when it snatches the top spot from Miley Cyrus thanks to sales of 166,000, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.
That's a tad below the 189,000 open of 2009's Backspacer and almost half of the 280,000 moved by their 2006 self-titled effort, but still good enough to give the Seattle veterans their fifth #1 debut.
Miley's Mega Drop
After a decent debut week, Cyrus' Bangerz suffered a major dip, dropping 73 percent on sales of 72,000, for a two week total of 343,000. After three weeks, New Zealand's Lorde is creeping up on Miley, dropping one spot to #7, as Pure Heroine moved another 48,000 for a three-week total of 239,000.
By comparison, Drake's Nothing Was the Same was off 30 percent in its fourth week (58,000), moving down one slot as its one-month numbers put it a shade below 950,000 so far.
Justin and Pusha Exit Top 10
The third go-round for Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience — 2 of 2 is not living up to the first half of his 2013 two-fer, sliding another six spots to #11 as sales trailed off by 49 percent to 35,000 for a total so far of 455,000. He had company from the Clipse's Pusha T, whose long-delayed solo debut, My Name is My Name dropped 10 in week two to #14, as sales slid by 74 percent to just under 20,000.
Everyone will have to take a back seat next week when Katy Perry's [article id="1715970"]Prism[/article] is expected to easily top the charts. Fifth Harmony's debut album will also hit shelves, as well as the latest from emo rockers AFI.