The Eminem Show was so well received it will take an encore bow atop next week's Billboard 200 albums chart.
The rapper's third major-label LP moved more than 1.3 million copies during its second week in stores, according to SoundScan figures released Wednesday (June 5), giving it the distinction of having the largest single-week sales of any album this year.
Its tally places the album in the company of other single-week sales successes such as Britney Spears' Oops! ... I Did It Again (1.3 million), Backstreet Boys' Millennium (1.1 million), and 'NSYNC's No Strings Attached (2.4 million) and Celebrity (1.8 million), as well as Eminem's last album, The Marshall Mathers LP, (1.7 million).
Eminem's weekly total is even more impressive given that, unlike its high-ranking companions, it comes during the LP's second week of release. It trumps the previous week's numbers by more than a million copies, though its debut week consisted of a truncated sales cycle that began, for some retailers, on Friday instead of the customary Tuesday (see "Eminem Does What Diddy Does ... And In A Lot Less Time").
The Eminem Show bested the week's #2 album, P. Diddy and Bad Boy Records' We Invented the Remix, by more then 1.2 million, as the hip-hop collective's collection finished the week with more than 117,000 in sales, holding onto the runner-up slot for a second week.
The rest of the chart also shows little movement and sports only one debut, the soundtrack to "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" at #99.
The top 10 is rounded out by Ashanti's self-titled debut at #3; Cam'Ron's Come Home With Me holding onto its #4 slot; Celine Dion's A New Day Has Come inching ahead to #5; Marc Anthony's Mended at #6 after debuting three spots higher; Sheryl Crow's C'mon, C'mon, making the leap from #11 to #7; Kenny Chesney's No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems at #8; Now That's What I Call Music! Vol. 9 at #9; and Musiq's Juslisen at #10.
Melodious vocal stylings enjoy the biggest boost among top 20 albums, as both Josh Groban's eponymous LP and Norah Jones' Come Away With Me surge ahead seven slots. Groban will land at #17, and Jones re-enters the top 20 at #19.
Thanks to the emergence of new singles, No Doubt's Rock Steady, Tweet's Southern Hummingbird and Jimmy Eat World's self-titled album have experienced sales spikes. "Hella Good" afforded Gwen and company to jump nine spots to #26. The exposure of Tweet's "Call Me" at radio and in ads for a wireless phone service helped Tweet's debut LP leap 12 places to #34. And Jimmy Eat World's "Sweetness" boosted the group's fourth album from #53 to #40.
Conversely, it seems like Blink-182 fans were eager to scoop up Box Car Racer's debut LP during its first week in stores, landing it at #12 on the last chart. But in its second week, the album by the pop-punk group's side project plummets 17 spots to #29 after selling less than half of its previous week's total.
For a full-length feature interview with Eminem, check out "Eminem: The Gift And The Curse".