Topping The Charts

Rappers Nelly, Eminem Claim Top of Pop Charts
Hip-hop star Nelly topped the pop album charts again in the second week of his sophomore release, “Nellyland,” while rapper Eminem stayed lodged behind him at No. 2, according to sales data reported on Wednesday.
“Nellyland,” which ended Eminem’s five-week reign at No. 1 with sales of 714,000 copies during its first week in stores, sold another 447,000 units for the week ended July 7 to keep its grip on first place, SoundScan said.
By comparison, Nelly’s 2000 debut, “Country Grammar,” opened at No. 3 with sales of 252,000 copies and ultimately spent five weeks at No. 1
“The Eminem Show,” the third major-label LP from Eminem (a.k.a. Marshall Bruce Mathers III), held steady at No. 2 on the latest album charts, selling 263,000 copies to bring its tally to nearly 3.9 million copies.
The rap genre also claimed the No. 3 spot last week with the release of “Irv Gotti Presents… The Inc.,” a collection of hard-core and East Coast rap from various artists.
The only other two new releases to crack the top 10 were a greatest-hits collection from veteran rock band Aerosmith at No. 4 and the debut album from teen pop newcomer Avril Lavigne, “Let Go,” at No. 5.
Rounding out the top 10 were rookie R&B singer Ashanti’s self-titled debut album at No. 6, followed by hard-rock band Korn’s “Untouchables,” “God’s Favorite” from rap artist N.O.R.E., dance-pop artist Pink’s sophomore album,”M!ssundaztood,” and the hits compilation “Totally Hits 2002.”
Further down the roster, the soundtrack to the new basketball movie starring Bow Wow, “Like Mike,” opened at No. 18, and the latest album from British rockers Oasis, “Heathen Chemistry,” entered the charts at No. 23.