News: Eminem & Royce Da 5'9's "Hell: The Sequel" Crushes Its Competition

Wednesday, Jun 22, 2011 9:20AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Shady Records is back on top as Eminem and Royce Da 5'9's Hell: The Sequel toppled its competition debuting atop the sales chart this week.

According to Nielsen SoundScan, the album pushed over 171,000 copies in its opening week.

Leading the pack this week is Eminem and Royce Da 5'9's Hell: The Sequel debuting at No. 1. According to Nielsen SoundScan, Bad Meets Evil's long-awaited retail project pushed 171,100 units after seven days of availability. (SOHH Sales Wrap)

Last week, early projections showed the LP selling no more than 160,000 units.

Bad Meets Evil's Hell: The Sequel, the Shady/Interscope collaboration between Eminem and his old Detroit hip-hop pal Royce Da 5'9", gets the slight edge for #1 on next week's HITS Album chart with estimated sales of between 150-160k over Columbia 11-year-old America's Got Talent prodigy Jackie Evancho's Dream With Me, now in the 140-150k range. This is one horse race that won't be decided until sales trends become clearer later in the week. (HITS Daily Double)

The project features collaborations from Slaughterhouse and pop star Bruno Mars.

1. "Welcome 2 Hell" (Havoc) 2. "Fastlane" (Supa Dups) 3. "The Reunion" (Sid Roams) 4. "Above the Law" (Mr. Porter) 5. "I'm on Everything" feat. Mike Epps (Mr. Porter) 6. "A Kiss" (Bangladesh) 7. "Lighters" feat. Bruno Mars (Eminem, The Smeezingtons, and Battle Roy) 8. "Take from Me" (Mr. Porter) 9. "Loud Noises" feat. Slaughterhouse (Mr. Porter) (Hell: The Sequel)

A few weeks ago, Em spoke on snapping into his 'Bad Meets Evil' rap alias alongside Royce.

"Me and Royce, ever since back in the day when we did records together, we always had kind of a chemistry," said in an interview. "It was fairly easy to play off what each other was doing, and I think we can [think] a lot alike...This record, the way it came together, it wasn't anything that we planned to do. We didn't get together and say, 'Hey, man, let's make a Bad Meets Evil record.' It was more so along the lines of us making amends and repairing our issues that we had, and then one day, Bad [Royce] brought asong to me and wanted me to jump on it, and the way it ended up coming out, it was pretty easy to do. It didn't take a lot of time. It was fun to do it. The way we knocked that record out kind of quickly ... it just morphed into this." (MTV)

Check out a recent Royce Da 5'9 interview below:

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