For the fifth straight week, Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP” (Aftermath/Interscope) has retained the top spot on the national music charts, according to sales data released Wednesday.
Eminem’s sophomore effort sold more than 409,000 copies in the week ending June 25 — about one-third more than Britney Spears’ “Oops! … I Did It Again” (Jive), which moved more than 273,000 units to keep the place position for the second consecutive week.
The week’s biggest debuts came from hard-rockers the Deftones — whose third album, “White Pony” (Maverick), sold more than 177,000 copies and took the show position –and rapper Busta Rhymes — whose fourth album, “Anarchy” (Elektra), shifted more than 167,000 units and landed in fourth place.
Along with the Deftones and Busta Rhymes, Kid Rock’s “History of Rock” (Lava/Atlantic), Eric Clapton & B.B. King’s “Riding With the King” (Duck/Reprise) and Matchbox Twenty’s “Mad Season” (Melisma/Lava/Atlantic) gave the beleaguered Warners family of labels five of the week’s top 10 albums.
‘N Sync’s “No Strings Attached” (Jive), Creed’s “Human Clay” (Wind-up) and Three 6 Mafia’s “When the Smoke Clears” (Loud) rounded out the top 10.
R&B trio Next’s second effort, “Welcome to Nextacy” (Arista), was the week’s only other major debut, coming in at No. 12 on the strength of more than 88,000 copies sold.
While the majority of the records on the chart showed a decline from the previous week’s sales figures, pop thrush Jessica Simpson’s “Sweet Kisses” (Columbia) racked up the week’s single biggest gain, up about 7,000 units.
Universal won the weekly battle for current album market share with 26.7%, followed by BMG (19.5%), Warners (18.5%), Sony (12.4%) and EMI (6.5%).