Rappers Nelly and Eminem retake album chart. Boomers Bruce Springsteen and James Taylor follow on this week's Billboard top 10
Thanks for coming to the party, Bruce, you old geezer. Now get out of the way. That’s what record buyers seemed to say this week, returning rap to the top of the Billboard album chart after a monthlong interlude. Nelly’s ”Nellyville,” which spent the last month at No. 2 while being passed over by Bruce Springsteen, Toby Keith, and Dave Matthews Band, returned to the top spot this week, selling 183,425 copies, according to SoundScan. On its tail was Eminem’s ”’The Eminem Show,” climbing back to No. 2 on sales of 178,925. The Boss had to settle for third place, with ”The Rising” selling 166,675 CDs. Fellow boomer James Taylor debuted right behind him, with ”October Road” (his first new album since the Grammy-winning ”Hourglass” five years ago) entering at No. 4 and shifting 154,000 units.
Leaping back into the top five was Avril Lavigne’s ”Let Go,” with sales of 116,475. That was followed by ”NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 10” (No. 6), Keith’s ”Unleashed” (No. 7), and Linkin Park’s ”Reanimated” (No. 8). The ”XXX” soundtrack, which debuted at No. 11 last week, edged into the top 10 at No. 9. In its second week, Scarface’s ”Fix” fell six spots to No. 10.
Other notable top 20 debuts this week included Keith Sweat’s aptly titled ”Rebirth” (No. 14), bluegrass trio Nickel Creek’s ”This Side” (No. 18), ”Snoop Dogg presents… the Doggy Style All Stars: Welcome to Tha House, Vol. 1” (No. 19), and rap crew Slum Village’s ”Trinity (Past, Present, and Future)” (No. 20).