Mariah Carey’s gonna party like it’s 1997. That’s the last time she had a No. 1 album (Butterfly) on the Billboard chart — until now. Her latest, The Emancipation of Mimi, debuted on top of the chart, ending the six-week reign of 50 Cent’s The Massacre. It also sold 404,000 copies, according to SoundScan, marking the best sales week of Carey’s career.
Like Mimi, albums by Mudvayne and Garbage marked career-best chart positions and sales figures. Mudvayne’s Lost and Found debuted in second place on sales of 152,000, while Garbage broke the top 10 for the first time with Bleed Like Me, which entered the chart at No. 4 and moved 75,000 units.
50 Cent’s Massacre had to settle for third place this week, with sales of 140,000. Also down three spots was last week’s second place finisher, Faith Evans’ The First Lady (No. 5, 63,000 sold). Down two notches to No. 6 was NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 18. Beck’s Guero fell four places to No. 7. Green Day’s American Idiot slipped one slot to eighth place. Rebounding six spots to No. 9 was Gwen Stefani’s Love, Angel, Music, Baby. Also climbing back into the top 10, up one rung from No. 11, was The Killers’ Hot Fuss.