''Nellyville'' holds on to No. 1. Rap rules the Billboard album chart, with Nelly, Eminem, and the Murder Inc. posse taking the top three slots

On the Billboard album chart, it’s still hot in herre. Nelly’s ”Nellyville” held the top spot on the chart for its second week in release, with sales declining a modest 37 percent to 447,175, according to SoundScan. Eminem’s ”The Eminem Show,” which Nelly dislodged from No. 1 last week, remained at No. 2 and sold 263,100 copies, for a total of nearly 4 million to date. The week’s top debut was another rap release, the sampler of acts from Irv Gotti’s Murder Inc. label called ”Irv Gotti Presents… The Inc.” It debuted at No. 3 and sold 192,725 copies.

Aerosmith fans who don’t yet own enough versions of ”Walk This Way” bought 136,875 ”O Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits” CDs, sending the compilation to No. 4 its first week out of the box. Rounding out the top five was Avril Lavigne’s ”Let Go,” which shifted another 125,375 units this week.

Ashanti appears on two top 10 records this week: her own ”Ashanti” (No. 6) and ”Irv Gotti Presents….” Korn’s ”Untouchables” held at No. 7. N.O.R.E.’s ”God’s Favorite” dropped five spots in its second week to No. 8. Pink’s ”M!ssundaztood” was No. 9, and compilation ”Totally Hits 2002” was No. 10.

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