Eminem’s hat trick

Rapper's 'Mathers' again tops 500,000 units

For the third straight week, Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP” (Aftermath/Interscope) retains the top spot on the national music charts, according to sales data released Wednesday.

Eminem’s sophomore release sold more than 598,000 copies in the week ending June 11, besting the more than 369,000 units shifted by Britney Spears’ “Oops! … I Did It Again” (Jive) and the more than 247,000 copies sold of Kid Rock’s “The History of Rock” (Lava/Atlantic). Total sales for these three albums were greater than the next-best selling 13 discs combined.

Aside from R&B vocalist Joe’s “My Name is Joe” (Jive) re-entry, the rest of the Top 10 — ‘N Sync’s “No Strings Attached” (Jive), Matchbox 20’s “Mad Season” (Melisma/Lava/Atlantic), Creed’s “Human Clay” (Wind-Up), the “Mission: Impossible 2” soundtrack (Hollywood), Santana’s “Supernatural” (Arista) and Sisqo’s “Unleash the Dragon” (Dragon/Def Soul) — remains unchanged.

Rockers roll up sales

No album made a significant debut this week, but two rock groups posted major sales jumps: 3 Doors Down’s “Better Life” (Republic/Universal) posted an 11,000-unit sales increase thanks to the pop success of the group’s “Kryptonite” single, and Papa Roach’s “Infest” (DreamWorks/Interscope) racked up an 8,000-unit increase due to increased airplay on the “Last Resort” single.

Universal walked off with the largest share of the current album market, 29.6%, followed by BMG (20.4%), Warners (15.6%), Sony (13.0%) and EMI (7.0%).

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