Chart Watch: Eminem Returns to #1, Gaga Sinks to #8
The Marshall Mathers LP 2 has sold 1,124,000 copies in its first three weeks, which puts it at #6 for the year-to-date. This will be the sixth year that Eminem has placed an album in Nielsen SoundScan's year-end top 10. Only two other artists, Brooks and Mariah Carey, have achieved that feat.
Eminem previously scored with The Marshall Mathers LP (#2 for 2000), The Eminem Show (#1 for 2002), Encore (#3 for 2004), Relapse (#8 for 2009) and Recovery (#1 for 2010).
In the coming week, The Marshall Mathers LP 2 will pass Drake's Nothing Was The Same (1,130,000) to become the year's best-selling hip-hop album.
This is Eminem's fourth album to return to #1 after being kicked out of the top spot. The Eminem Show, Encore and Recovery also showed that resiliency.
Eminem's new album also returns to #1 on Top Digital Albums. It sold 51K digital copies this week.
Did you notice that both the #1 and #2 albums are sequels? Sequels have been big at the box-office for decades. We're starting to see more and more of them on the record charts. Four other sequels appear in this week's top 50: Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience (2 Of 2), The Beatles' On Air—Live At The BBC, Volume 2, Mannheim Steamroller/Czech Philharmonic Orchestra's Christmas Symphony II and 2 Chainz' B.O.A.T.S. II: ME TIME.
The Christmas albums on The Billboard 200 include some old standbys. And I do mean old. Frank Sinatra's Christmas Songs By Sinatra first charted in1949. Bing Crosby's White Christmas is an adaptation of his Merry Christmas, which first charted in 1945.