Eminem‘s comeback album Relapse will reportedly lose its spot as the number one album in the country next week despite estimated sales of over 150,000 copies going into his third week.
Relapse, which went gold its first week, will reportedly have a combined total of over 950,000 sold discs after 21 days in stores.
The MTV Movie Awards served as a driver for Kings of Leon‘s increase and the continued strong sales of Eminem. Here are our projections going into the weekend: Dave Matthews Band (RCA/RMG) 385-400k, Eminem (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) 155-165k, 311 (Volcano/JLG) 60-70k, Taking Back Sunday (WB) 50-60k and Lady GaGa (Interscope) 50-55k. (Hits Daily Double)
After just two weeks, the rapper’s fifth solo disc sold more than 800,000 copies.
Grammy-winning rapper Eminem’s Relapse maintains its chart dominance holding on to No. 1 for the second straight week. According to Nielsen Soundscan, the rapper’s comeback album scanned 211,000 copies making his fifth solo release’s combined total rest at 820,400 sold records. (SOHH Sales Wrap)
He was recently awarded the title “Artist of the Decade” for selling the most albums within the past ten years alongside Nelly and Jay-Z.
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)
Despite currently having the biggest debut of 2009, Em recently said his main focus was on attaining the fans’ respect.
“I mean, record sales to me, honestly, since the beginning of my career I’ve always said they’re not as important to me as the respect and things like that,” Em explained in an interview last month. “I would just rather rap and get respect from the fans and my peers and things like that. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to sell any records, but at the same time it’s not my main priority.” (106 & Park)
Be sure to check Sales Wrap next week to see an official rundown of music releases.