Eminem moves 1.3 million CDs. The rapper holds on to the top of the Billboard chart and enjoys the biggest single week of sales of any artist this year

Looks like Eminem was right that the music scene feels ”empty without me.” He shows up, sells a million and a half albums, and suddenly, champagne corks pop, as the industry stops moaning (for a while) about slumping sales, piracy, and file-swapping. In its first full week of release, ”The Eminem Show” sold 1.3 million copies, according to SoundScan, easily retaining its hold on the top of the Billboard chart. That’s more than any other album has sold in one week so far this year. Add it to the nearly 300,000 the record sold during its one official day in release the previous week, and you have a sales total that’s in line with the 1.8 million that Em’s ”The Marshall Mathers LP” sold its first week two years ago.

Holding on to the No. 2 spot on the chart was ”P. Diddy & Bad Boy Records Presents … We Invented the Remix,” which sold 117,075 copies. Ashanti’s self-titled debut climbed back up to No. 3 (82,475 sold). Cam’ron’s ”Come Home With Me” remained at No. 4 (76,600 CDs). Celine Dion’s ”A New Day Has Come” was back up one spot to No. 5 on sales of 69,900.

The rest of the top 10 was a shuffling of familiar titles. Marc Anthony’s ”Mended” slipped three places to No. 6. Sheryl Crow’s ”C’mon, C’mon” spiked four spots to No. 7. Kenny Chesney’s ”No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems” slid to No. 8. ”NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 9” slipped to No. 9. Musiq’s ”Juslisen” dropped three spots to No. 10.

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