Eminem asked the crowd at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday night if they missed him, and clearly they did, because his comeback album, Relapse, will top the Billboard album charts for a second week in a row next week, thanks to 211,000 more units moved. After debuting at #1, Slim Shady held onto the top spot despite a 65 percent drop in sales and is on pace to cross 1 million copies within the next two weeks, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.
Way in the distance at #2 are Green Day, whose 21st Century Breakdown held onto that spot with 76,000 in sales after a 54 percent drop-off in business, putting the veteran Bay Area punk trio on pace for sales of 500,000 by next week.
While more than half of the top 10 positions on last week's chart were filled by fresh faces, the only debuts on this chart's top spots came from pasty-faced growler Marilyn Manson with The High End of Low (#4, 49,000), reggaeton stars Wisin y Yandel with La Revolución (#7, 36,000) and a surprisingly hearty #8 bow from indie faves Grizzly Bear, whose Veckatimest (33,000) is one of the most rapturously reviewed albums of the year so far.
The rest of the top 10: the "Hannah Montana" soundtrack (#3, 52,000), Lady Gaga's Fame (#5, 45,000), Kenny Chesney's Greatest Hits II (#6, 43,000), Taylor Swift's Fearless (#9, 33,000) and Rascal Flatts' Unstoppable (#10, 27,000).
A number of last week's big debuts saw serious double-digit drop-offs, including Isolated Incident from comedian Dane Cook (down 58 percent to #12), Method Man and Redman's Blackout 2 (down 64 percent to #18) and Busta Rhymes' Back on My B.S. (down 72 percent to #22). Other big droppers include Internet sensation Kate Voegele, whose A Fine Mess (11,000) shed 70 percent of its business to drop from #10 to #42, and Tori Amos, whose Abnormally Attracted to Sin (11,000) dropped by 73 percent to #44 after debuting at #9.
Mandy Moore manages a #25 debut with her sixth album, the more pop-country-leaning disc which bears her birth name, Amanda Leigh (15,000), while French electro-popsters Phoenix leap more than 130 spots up to #37 on sales of 12,000 for Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, a 300 percent increase from the week before.
"American Idol" runner-up Adam Lambert is learning a lesson in pop humble pie, as his iTunes compilation, Season 8 Favorite Performances, plunges 20 spots in its second week to #52 on sales of under 10,000. Winner Kris Allen's similar compilation takes an even bigger nosedive from #50 to #125 on sales of just 4,000. If it makes them feel any better, season-two winner Ruben Studdard's Love Is also tanked in its second week, dropping nearly 70 spots to #101 on sales of less than 5,000, for a two-week total of just over 20,000 for the former platinum-selling crooner.
Look for things to get shaken up again next week, with the latest from the Dave Matthews Band, 311 and Taking Back Sunday.