News: Eminem's "Relapse" In Danger Of Losing 2009 Debut Week Top Sales Honors

Friday, Nov 27, 2009 1:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Eminem's Relapse is in danger of losing its spot as the top-selling first-week album of the year to newcomer singer Susan Boyle. Her new album I Dreamed A Dream is en route to move over 500,000 copies in its first week in stores..

According to online reports, Em may have to settle for having the second best record of 2009.

U.S. music retailers say they are realizing Susan Boyle's dreams, as her album "I Dreamed A Dream" is blowing up way beyond sales expectations. Label and distribution executives, meanwhile, project that based on early sales returns at the big box stores and pre-orders at direct marketers like Amazon and QVC, Boyle's album is in contention to beat this year's top debut-week seller, Eminem's "Relapse." That title scanned 608,000 units in the week ending May 24, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That week also represents the best overall sales week for an album this year. (Billboard)

Early calculations also show Boyle out-selling Rihanna's comeback effort, Rated R.

That's right, folks, the team of Barnett and Boyle, as in Columbia's fearless leader Steve, will be #1 next week with a total that right now appears more than 600k and, dare we say it, could go even higher. Def Jam/IDJ's Rihanna, whose new album Rated R has been getting stellar reviews in the L.A. and N.Y. Times and Rolling Stone, is on line for 180-200k. A couple of Cash Money/Universal Republic acts in Jay Sean and Birdman are the other new releases, both trending in the 30-35k range. (Hits Daily Double)

The rapper's Relapse album easily took over the charts last May.

The big story, obviously, is Eminem, whose appeal remains strong enough to get him the year's biggest debut at somewhere between 600k and 630k, leapfrogging Interscope labelmates U2, whose 484k is now the second biggest bow of '09. Both Method Man & Redman's Blackout 2! and Busta Rhymes' Back On My Bullsh*t is set to sell between 60k and 65k. (Rumor Mill Chart Preview)

Last landing in Top 50 in early October, Em's new album has sold over a million copies to date.

Grammy-winning rapper Eminem's Relapse is still making noise on the charts as it moves down five slots to even things out at No. 50 with 12,100. Headed into his 21st week, the rapper's comeback album has moved 1,461,500 records to date. (Sales Wrap)

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