Eminem, aka Slim Shady, aka Marshall Mathers, crushed all comers on the pop album charts, selling an additional 409,000 copies of The Marshall Mathers LP to secure the number one for a fifth straight week.
Britney Spears, whom Eminem originally bounced from the top spot, played runner-up for another week. The ex-Mouseketeer, whose recently launched tour comes complete with a pajama party sequence and a pillow fight, sold 273,000 copies of her sophomore album, Oops!...I Did It Again, for the week ended June 25.
The week's biggest debut belonged to the Deftones, whose third offering, White Pony, charted at number three with 177,000 in sales. Meanwhile, Busta Rhymes nabbed the number four position, moving 167,000 copies of his latest, Anarchy. His new album, featuring cameos by Raekwon, Ghostface Killah and Lenny Kravitz, coincides with the clown prince of rapping's feature film appearance in Samuel Jackson's Shaft.
'N Sync held down the number five spot with No Strings Attached. Kid Rock, who joins Metallica, Korn, Powerman 5000 and System of a Down on Friday in Foxboro, Massachusetts for the kick-off of the Summer Sanitarium tour, was next with The History of Rock.
Creed, in the midst of a rock war with Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst (who referred to Creed singer Scott Stapp as a Michael Jackson-like "egomaniac" during a radio station concert in New York), got the last laugh on the charts, landing Human Clay in the number seven slot with 127,000 in sales--nearly 100,000 more than Bizkit's Significant Other down at number 53.
The Eric Clapton-B.B. King collaboration, Riding with the King, dropped five spots to number eight its second week, with Matchbox Twenty's Mad Season clocking in at number nine and Three 6 Mafia's When the Smoke Clears in the 10 spot.
The Minneapolis-based R&B trio Next scored a number 12 debut with their sophomore album, Welcome II Nextacy, which sold 88,000 copies.
Bon Jovi's Crush, which surprised the industry with a top 10 debut last week, fell hard in week two, landing at number 29 with 50,000 copies, less than half of week one's haul.
Jurassic 5, the hyped new rap crew featuring Ozomatli members DJ Cut Chemist and MC Chali 2na, made a respectable number 43 bow, selling 32,000 copies of their debut disc, Quality Control. The group (which ironically features six members) will be reaching out to a crossover audience this summer on the Vans Warped Tour, whose past hip-hop alumni include Eminem (1999) and Kid Rock (1998).
Billy Gilman, the 12-year-old country singer, made a number 52 debut with One Voice, which sold just under 30,000 copies. With the release of the album's titular single, the 4-foot-7 singer has become the youngest person ever to crack Billboard's Country Singles Chart.
Invincible Summer, the latest from Canadian cowpoke k.d. lang, made a number 58 bow with 28,000 copies. MC Eiht of Compton's Most Wanted sold just over 15,000 copies of N' My Neighborhood, good enough for a number 95 showing, while Sunny Day Real Estate sold a shade under 15,000 copies of Rising Tide for a number 97 debut.
And the Black Crowes best-of package, Greatest Hits 1990-1999: A Tribute to a Work in Progress, sold just under 10,000 copies for a number 143 bow--AP.
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