News

Eminem ousts Lady Gaga to reclaim top Billboard spot

Eminem ousts Lady Gaga to reclaim top Billboard spot

SLIM SHADY: The rapper is back on top of the charts. Photo: Reuters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Rapper Eminem climbed back to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday after ousting last week’s chart-topper Lady Gaga.

Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP 2″ reclaimed the top spot on the weekly album chart with sales of 120,000, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.

The record had debuted at No. 1 following its release on November 5 with sales of 792,000 copies, the second-largest opening week this year behind Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience,” which opened with 968,000 copies in March.

Lady Gaga’s latest effort “ARTPOP” debuted at No. 1 last week with 258,000 copies, but sales dropped by 82 percent in its second week, as the record fell to No. 8 in the chart with 46,000 units sold.

Five new debuts entered the top 10 of the Billboard 200 this week, led by heavy metal rockers Five Finger Death Punch at No. 2 with “The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Vol. 2.”

The soundtrack from the latest “Hunger Games” film, “Catching Fire,” featuring songs by Coldplay, Lorde and Christina Aguilera, landed at No. 5. The film starring Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, stormed the worldwide box office with $307 million last week.

Rock band Daughtry came in at No. 6 with “Baptized,” rapper Yo Gotti notched No. 7 with his latest record “I Am” and the 25th anniversary edition of the “Cities 97 Sampler” compilation, featuring alternative rock artists such as Capital Cities, Fun. and Matchbox Twenty, rounded out the top 10.

On the digital songs chart, which measures song downloads, Eminem’s “The Monster” featuring Rihanna kept its reign at No. 1 with 241,000 downloads. New Zealand singer Lorde’s “Royals” climbed one spot to No. 2 and OneRepublic’s “Counting Stars” fell one spot to No. 3.

Overall album sales for the week ending November 24 totaled 5.29 million, down 46 percent from the comparable week in 2012, according to Billboard.

Recent Headlines

1 hour ago in Entertainment

Today in entertainment history: April 16

Fresh
cronkite

A look at the Hollywood headlines of years past.

yesterday in Sports

MLB officials defend instant reply

Umpires Jeff Kellogg, left, and D.J. Reyburn, listen to the replay umpires during a baseball game between the Miami Marlins and the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Washington.

Bob Bowman, chief executive officer of MLB Advanced Media, says the system based at his company's office has largely worked.

yesterday in Sports

Michigan losing Stauskas, Robinson to NBA

Michigan guard Nik Stauskas (11) drives against Michigan State guard Gary Harris (14) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the Big Ten Conference tournament Sunday, March 16, 2014, in Indianapolis.

The Wolverines lost Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway to the NBA last year as underclassmen, but retooled well enough to win the Big Ten title and advance to an NCAA tournament regional final.

yesterday in Viral Videos

How ‘Frozen’ Should Have Ended

How Frozen Should Have Ended

This "alternative ending" would have made Frozen a COMPLETELY different movie!

yesterday in Sports

MLB marks 67th anniversary of Robinson debut

A Philadelphia Phillies coach stands next to a sign honoring Jackie Robinson day prior to a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Monday, April 15, 2013, in Cincinnati.

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig retired Robinson's No. 42 in 1997 on the 50th anniversary of the big league debut of the Brooklyn Dodgers first baseman.

Bellingham Traffic