News: Eminem Dukes It Out W/ Taylor Swift
Saturday, Jan 1, 2011 2:02PM
Grammy-winning rapper Eminem is reportedly duking it out with country singer Taylor Swift for the title of top album in the country next week.
Based on one-day reports, Em's Recovery will go neck and neck with Swift's Something New.
Sony Music's domination of the Top 5 comes to an end next week as holiday titles and new releases drop from the chart like a fat man sliding down a chimney. From very, very early and limited numbers, it appears that Taylor Swift and Eminem, as a result of sale pricing and circular placement, will battle it out for the #1 spot on next week's chart, according to one-day sales reports from those retailers who've shoveled out from all the snow. No estimates of actual totals yet, but we'll get those to you as soon as the Eastern seaboard begins to thaw. From early indications. though, it appears that UMGD may have the entire Top 5 with Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Kanye West rounding out slots #3-5. Spoilers, however, in the form of Bruno Mars and Katy Perry, are lurking just below. (HITS Daily Double)
This week, Swift's new album topped its competition at No. 1.
Late iconic singer Michael Jackson's Michael opened the charts this week at No. 5 with 150,000 behind Jackie Evancho's O Holy Night (151,000), Glee: X-Mas (160,000), Susan Boyle's The Gift (240,000) and Taylor Swift's Speak Now (276,000). According to Nielsen SoundScan, the late pop icon's posthumous release stands at 378,200 sold units after two weeks in stores. (SOHH Sales Wrap)
Em's solo effort jumped nearly 20 slots back into the Top 10.
Grammy-winning singer Eminem's Recovery received a 15-slot boost to No. 7 with 137,000. Heading into his 28th week, Slim Shady's new album currently rests at 3,351,300 sold units. (SOHH Sales Wrap)
Despite the rapper's album already resting beyond the three million albums sold mark, Em previously discussed his non-interest in record sales.
"I don't think I've actually stopped to think about it," Eminem said referencing being named artist of the decade. "I never thought that my life would amount to this. But to be able to sit back and digest it is so strange to me, because I still feel so regular. I don't understand what people think the big deal is about me. It's a very strange relationship that I have with fame...Honestly, as long as people enjoy the music, that means the most to me. I could sell 80 million records in the first week, and if my peers or fans of real hip-hop didn't like it, it really wouldn't mean anything." (Billboard)
Check out a recent Eminem interview below: