Eminem has claimed his eighth North American No 1 album as his new album Revival topped the Billboard 200 in its debut week of release.
The superstar rapper’s latest LP, his first album since 2013’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2, opened with 267,000 total copies in its first week of release, with 197,000 of that total culled from traditional album sales. According to reports in Billboard, that total marked the third-best first-week tally for a hip-hop album in 2017 – behind Kendrick Lamar’s Damn. and Drake’s More Life.
The success of Revival means every Eminem album since 2000’s The Marshall Mathers LP, as well as his Curtain Call greatest hits collection in 2005, has topped the Billboard 200. Eminem remains six No 1s behind Jay-Z’s current Billboard 200 record of 14, although that tally does not include the rapper’s 8 Mile soundtrack, which also topped the US charts in 2002.
Two more hip-hop releases entered the Billboard Top 10 this week, with G-Eazy tying his personal chart best of No 1 with The Beautiful & Damned, which sold 122,000 total copies in its first week of availability. Jeezy’s Pressure opened at No 6, the rapper’s ninth Top 10 release.
Returnees occupied the rest of the Top 10, with Taylor Swift’s Reputation leading the final pre-Christmas sales rush at No 2 with another 133,000 copies, raising its grand total to over 1.8 million. Ed Sheeran’s Divide placed Number Four, ahead of Pentatonix’s A Pentatonix Christmas (No 5) and Sam Smith’s The Thrill of It All (No 7).
Three country LPs closed out the Top 10: Last week’s winner Luke Bryan and his What Makes You Country at No 8, Garth Brooks’ The Anthology: Part I, The First Five Years at No 9 and Chris Stapleton’s From A Room: Volume 2 at No 10.
According to advance reports, next week’s Top 10 is likely to remain relatively unchanged, with only The Greatest Showman soundtrack and Travis Scott and Quavo’s joint Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho potentially tipped to make the chart’s upper tier.
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