For the sixth straight week, Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP” (Aftermath/Interscope) tops the national music charts, according to sales data released on Wednesday.
Eminem’s second effort sold more than 341,000 copies in the week ending June 25 — about one-third more than Britney Spears’ “Oops! … I Did It Again” (Jive), which moved more than 257,000 units to keep the place position for the second consecutive week.
The week’s top debuts came from male rapper Nelly’s first album, “Country Grammar” (Universal), which sold more than 252,000 copies and took the show position, edging femme rapper Lil’ Kim’s sophomore album, “Notorious K.I.M.” (Atlantic), which sold more than 228,000 copies; and R&B diva Kelly Price’s second effort, “Mirror Mirror” (Def Jam), which moved more than 156,000 units.
Rock group Papa Roach’s “Infest” (DreamWorks) took the biggest sales leap of the week — up 17,000 units, which vaulted it into the Top 10.
The week’s other major sales gains came from pop thrush Jessica Simpson’s “Sweet Kisses” (Columbia), up 12,000 units; and 12-year-old country crooner Billy Gilman’s “One Voice” (Epic) and Top 10 rock group Creed’s “Human Clay” (Wind-Up), both of which jumped roughly 8,000 units.
Universal again won the weekly battle for current market share with 29.9%, trailed by BMG, 18.2%; Warners, 17.7%; Sony, 11.8%; and EMI, 6.8%.