News: Eminem's "Relapse" To Sell 225K In Week 2, Tops Charts

Monday, Jun 1, 2009 12:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Eminem's comeback album Relapse will reportedly maintain its title as the number one album in the country with estimated sales of over 200,000 copies going into its second week.

Relapse, already certified gold, will have a combined total of more than 800,000 sold discs after 14 days on shelves.

Not a whole lot to get excited about in terms of numbers, as the chart-topping debuts of the last two weeks settle into their sales patterns, each tallying more than enough units to easily occupy the top two slots on the leader board. Here's how we're looking at the moment: Eminem (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope): 200-225K, Green Day (Reprise): 60-75K, Marilyn Manson (Interscope): 50-55K, Hannah Montana: The Movie Soundtrack (Walt Disney): 50-55K, Lady Gaga (Interscope): 40-45. (Hits Daily Double)

Em's new album dropped last week making it the biggest debut of the year.

Grammy-winning rapper Eminem has made his triumphant return to hip-hop with the No. 1 album of the year and in the country this week. According to Nielsen Soundscan, Slim Shady's comeback project Relapse debuted on the charts with 609,400 copies after seven days in stores. (Sales Wrap)

The rapper was recently named "Artist of the Decade" for selling the most albums within the past ten years.

1. Eminem, 31,127,000. First charted: 1999. Eminem, 36, is the top male artist and the top rap artist so far in this decade. His 2000 album The Marshall Mathers LP is his best-seller. It has sold 10,178,000 copies. 7. Nelly, 21,206,000. First charted: 2000. Nelly, 34, is the #1 new artist to emerge in this decade, edging out Linkin Park. He's also the #1 African American artist, edging out Jay-Z, and the #2 rap artist. Nelly's 2000 debut, Country Grammar, is his best-selling album. It has sold 8,454,000 copies. 10. Jay-Z, 19,379,000. First charted: 1996. Jay-Z, 39, is the #3 rap artist of the decade. 2003's The Black Album is his best-selling album of this decade. It has sold 3,338,000 copies. Jay-Z was the #152 album-selling act of the '90s. (Yahoo News)

Aside from album sales, Em performed at the 2009 MTV Movie Awards last night (May 31) in California.

Capping off a stirring comeback five years after his last record, Em took the stage to perform his "We Made You" and "Crack A Bottle." Dressed in jeans, white sneakers, white hoodie, vest and cap, the rapper stepped down the stage's staircase and pumped his fist as he launched into "We Made You," and staying behind Em on the steps throughout the performance was a big band that included drums, sax, trumpet and trombone. For the next song, Em stalked around the stage, slapping hands with eager audience members as digital lyrics flashed on and off on the steps behind him. As the track came to a close, the rapper said thank-you, flashed the peace sign and headed away, surely leaving the crowd hoping he won't be gone for long this time around. (MTV)

Be sure to check Sales Wrap this week for a full run-down on music sales.

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