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Nelly ends Eminem's chart reign

Nelly ends Eminem’s chart reign. ”Nellyville” debuts atop the Billboard chart, unseating Eminem after five weeks at No. 1

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He’s not just the mayor of Nellyville, he’s the king of the Billboard album chart. Nelly’s ”Nellyville,” which includes the rapper’s summery hit single ”Hot in Herre,”debuted at No. 1 on sales of about 717,000, according to SoundScan. The CD dethroned ”The Eminem Show,” which had been sitting atop the chart for the five weeks since its release.(Don’t feel too bad for Slim Shady, though. Eminem landed at No. 2 and sold another 308,000 units this week.) Other strong debuts included rapper N.O.R.E.’s ”God’s Favorite” (not quite record buyers’ favorite, entering at No. 3 on sales of 119,000) and R&B gal Truth Hurts’ ”Truthfully Speaking” (No. 5, 89,000 copies).

Holdovers from past charts include Avril Lavigne’s ”Let Go” (No. 4), Ashanti’s ”Ashanti” (No. 6), Korn’s ”Untouchables” (down four places to No. 7), Papa Roach’s ”lovehatetragedy” (falling six spots to No. 8), compliation ”Totally Hits 2002” (No. 9), and Pink’s ”M!ssundaztood” (No. 10). Despite the ”Men In Black II” promotional push, sales of 60,000 and a No. 13 debut was all Will Smith could muster for ”Born to Reign.” Guess it wasn’t.

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