You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Shady slim but No. 1

Post-holiday slump hits but Eminem's on top

Holiday gift certificates were turned in for Eminem, Green Day and Lil Jon albums as the annual post-Christmas slump struck last week.

Sales of Eminem’s “Encore” (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) slid more than 50%, but its tally of 198,000 copies was good enough to keep the disc in the No. 1 slot, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures.

Green Day’s “American Idiot” (Reprise) dropped 40% to 170,000 for the week ended Sunday, but the disc still rose seven slots to No. 2. Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz’s “Crunk Juice” (TVT) sold 144,000, jumping 12 spaces to No. 3.

Sony Music made a risky move by releasing a debut album in the traditionally fallow period and produced top 10 results. Soul singer-pianist John Legend’s “Get Lifted” (Sony Urban Music/Columbia) sold 115,000 copies to bow at No. 7. Legend was heavily promoted during the sales week by AOL, which reported that his two videos and his Sessions@AOL perf had been played nearly 1.2 million times and that “Get Lifted” was the top-selling disc in the AOL store.

Only three albums from the previous week’s top 200 saw sales bumps in the New Year’s week: “The Phantom of the Opera” soundtrack (Really Useful/Sony Classical), which was up to 40,000 copies; “Garden State” soundtrack (Sony), which sold 37,000 thanks to release of the pic on DVD; and Snow Patrol’s “Final Straw” (A&M), which climbed 101 slots to No. 91, selling 20,000. “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou” (Hollywood) debuted at No. 141 on sales of 12,000.

More Music

  • Avicii Tribute

    Remembering Avicii, the Pop Innovator Who Led EDM Into the Mainstream

    Holiday gift certificates were turned in for Eminem, Green Day and Lil Jon albums as the annual post-Christmas slump struck last week. Sales of Eminem’s “Encore” (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) slid more than 50%, but its tally of 198,000 copies was good enough to keep the disc in the No. 1 slot, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures. Green […]

  • Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison

    Record Store Day 2018’s Most Wanted: Pink Floyd, Johnny Cash, David Bowie, Nas and More

    Holiday gift certificates were turned in for Eminem, Green Day and Lil Jon albums as the annual post-Christmas slump struck last week. Sales of Eminem’s “Encore” (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) slid more than 50%, but its tally of 198,000 copies was good enough to keep the disc in the No. 1 slot, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures. Green […]

  • Doug Davis Power of Law

    Doug Davis Discusses Using Music for a Cause at Variety's Power of Law Event

    Holiday gift certificates were turned in for Eminem, Green Day and Lil Jon albums as the annual post-Christmas slump struck last week. Sales of Eminem’s “Encore” (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) slid more than 50%, but its tally of 198,000 copies was good enough to keep the disc in the No. 1 slot, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures. Green […]

  • Vevo Lays off Parts Of Product

    Vevo Hit by CTO Exit, Product and Engineering Team Layoffs (EXCLUSIVE)

    Holiday gift certificates were turned in for Eminem, Green Day and Lil Jon albums as the annual post-Christmas slump struck last week. Sales of Eminem’s “Encore” (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) slid more than 50%, but its tally of 198,000 copies was good enough to keep the disc in the No. 1 slot, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures. Green […]

  • Avicii

    Avicii’s Biggest Hits (Listen)

    Holiday gift certificates were turned in for Eminem, Green Day and Lil Jon albums as the annual post-Christmas slump struck last week. Sales of Eminem’s “Encore” (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) slid more than 50%, but its tally of 198,000 copies was good enough to keep the disc in the No. 1 slot, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures. Green […]

  • avicii Dead

    Avicii Dies: Musicians, Celebrities Pay Tribute

    Holiday gift certificates were turned in for Eminem, Green Day and Lil Jon albums as the annual post-Christmas slump struck last week. Sales of Eminem’s “Encore” (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) slid more than 50%, but its tally of 198,000 copies was good enough to keep the disc in the No. 1 slot, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures. Green […]

  • Prince Coachella

    Details of Prince's Life Revealed in Newly Released Police Photos From Paisley Park

    Holiday gift certificates were turned in for Eminem, Green Day and Lil Jon albums as the annual post-Christmas slump struck last week. Sales of Eminem’s “Encore” (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) slid more than 50%, but its tally of 198,000 copies was good enough to keep the disc in the No. 1 slot, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures. Green […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content