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Eminem rules the chart for a third week

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Eminem, MTV Video Music Awards 2001
Eminem: Kevin Winter/ImageDirect

All that piracy talk seems a little premature now, doesn’t it? Last month, Eminem’s label moved his record release date up twice in an effort to steal the thunder of the bootleggers it said had already made ”The Eminem Show” widely available. But in the album’s first 15 days of release, it’s sold 2.4 million copies, according to SoundScan. It ruled the Billboard album chart again for the third straight week and sold another 808,700 copies, the magazine reported.

While no other record in the chart’s top 10 came near those figures, four new CDs shook up the list. The ”NOW”-style compilation ”Totally Hits” debuted at No. 2 on sales of 136,875. R&B crooner Donell Jones’ ”Life Goes On” entered the list at No. 3 (110,425 sold). Techno trio and Mitsubishi pitchmen Dirty Vegas came in at No. 7 with their self-titled album, and 17-year-old Canadian rocker Avril Lavigne’s ”Let’s Go” was right behind at No. 8.

Slipping two spots each this week was ”P. Diddy & Bad Boy Records Present … We Invented the Remix” (No. 4, 97,775 CDs), and ”Ashanti” (No. 5, 82,225 copies). Kenny Chesney’s ”No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems” was up two to No. 6. Sheryl Crow’s ”C’mon, C’mon” slid two to No. 9, and ”NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 9” dropped one slot to No. 10.

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