Eminem‘s comeback album Relapse will reportedly hit the one million sales mark next week after a month in stores.
While reportedly set to land at either No. 2 or No. 3, Em’s project will likely be outsold by The Black Eyed Peas‘ new album.
The sound you heard is the Black Eyed Peas landing at #1 on next week’s HITS Album sales chart with a total anywhere between 190-215k for The E.N.D. Based on those same one-day sales reports, this week’s chart-topper RCA’s Dave Matthews Band and Interscope’s dope rapper Eminem will have an old-fashioned street battle for #2, with both in the 115-125k range. Next highest debut will be Atlantic’s Pleasure P at 35-40k, Sony Music Latin’s Aventura (25-30k), Downtown’s Mos Def (25-30k) and Stax/Concord Music Group’s Teena Marie (15-20k). (Hits Daily Double)
After three weeks in stores, the rapper’s fifth solo disc has already reached over 900,000 sold copies.
Grammy-winning rapper Eminem fell to No. 2 as Dave Matthews Band’s Big Whiskey & The Groogrux Kin sold 425,200 copies to Em’s 141,200 units. According to Nielsen Soundscan, the rapper’s fifth solo project has sold 961,600 records after three weeks in stores. (SOHH Sales Wrap)
Em was recently named “Artist of the Decade” for his record-setting album sales which bypassed both Nelly and Jay-Z‘s sales.
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 his record-selling ability, Em recently said his 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 run-down of music releases.