Inside Move: Early releases pay off big for trio

Eminem's 'Encore' still No. 1

Three albums that saw their release dates moved up will take the top three places on Nielsen SoundScan’s tally of the nation’s music sales this week.

Eminem’s “Encore” (Interscope) repeats in the top slot, selling about 800,000 copies in its first full week of sales. The album, released Nov. 12, will have hit a cume of about 1.5 million units in its first 10 days.

Columbia moved up by one day the release of “Destiny Fulfilled” by Destiny’s Child, but enough retailers broke the street date to get it on shelves several days before that. In its first full week, the album will post sales in the ballpark of 490,000. “Crunk Juice” (TVT), by Lil’ Jon and the Eastside Boyz, is looking at sales of 340,000. That disc sold 38,000 copies prior to its official release.

Three newcomers break into the top 10: Clay Aiken’s “Merry Christmas With Love” (RCA) and Snoop Dogg’s “R&G: The Masterpiece” (Geffen), selling 260,000 and 230,000, respectively; and Chingy’s “Powerballin'” (Capitol), moving about 125,000 units.

Today Nielsen SoundScan will release sales figures for the week ended Sunday.

A number of acts that performed on the American Music Awards telecast on Nov. 14 will see bumps in sales as well. Among those who performed on the ABC kudocast were Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Alicia Keys, John Mayer, Maroon 5, Jessica Simpson, Gwen Stefani, Rod Stewart, Twista, Usher, Kanye West and Gretchen Wilson.

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