D12 may have had trouble deciding whether they're climbing "Purple Hills" or taking "Purple Pills," but Eminem's old friends will definitely climb to the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. Their first album, Devils Night, will debut at #1 after selling just under 372,000 copies far short of the 1.76 million copies sold of Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP in its first week but more than enough to top the chart, according to SoundScan data released Wednesday (June 27). Eminem raps on numerous tracks on Devils Night, which he executive-produced and released on his Shady Records label in collaboration with Interscope.
Staind will hold down the #2 slot with Break the Cycle, and Blink-182 will drop from #1 to #3 with Take Off Your Pants and Jacket. The rest of the top 10 will burst with debuts. Soul survivor Luther Vandross will leap onto the chart at #6 with his eponymous album, besting Sisqó's second solo effort, Return of Dragon, which will land at #7.
Stone Temple Pilots' Shangri-La Dee Da will debut at #9, and 311's From Chaos will slip in at #10.
Other notable debuts will include Brandy's brother Ray J's This Ain't a Game at #21, Mandy Moore's eponymous album at #35 and Damon Albarn's side project Gorillaz at #39 with their eponymous album. The "Baby Boy" soundtrack, which includes music from Tyrese and Snoop Dogg, the movie's co-stars, will debut at #47. The rest of the top 10 will consist of Destiny's Child's Survivor at #4, the "Moulin Rouge" soundtrack at #5 and St. Lunatics' Free City at #8.
The soundtrack for "The Fast and the Furious," which includes music by Faith Evans, Ja Rule and R. Kelly, will ride on the movie's success from #18 to #11. Also climbing the chart will be Sum 41's All Killer No Filler, boosted from #32 to #24 by the continuing success of their Beastie Boys/Blink-182 hybrid "Fat Lip," and R&B singer Jaheim's three-month-old Ghetto Love, which will skip from #51 to #45.
Jessica Simpson's Irresistible, meanwhile, is moving in the opposite direction. After debuting at #6, then dropping to #12, the album will plummet to #25 next week.