Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP” (Aftermath/Interscope) remained on top of the national music charts for the fourth straight week, according to sales data released Wednesday.
Eminem’s second effort sold more than 519,000 copies in the week ended June 18 and — in its fourth week of release — has now Soundscanned more than 3.6 million units. His debut album, “The Slim Shady LP” (Aftermath/Interscope), has been on the charts for 69 weeks — it’s currently nestled at No. 44 — during which time it has Soundscanned more than 3.5 million units.
While Britney Spears’ “Oops … I Did It Again” (Jive) sold more than 323,000 copies to retain the place position, the cross-generational combo of blues guitarists Eric Clapton & B.B. King’s “Riding With the King” (Duck/Reprise) took the show spot — and the week’s highest debut award — with sales of more than 193,000 units.
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Other top 10 debuts were posted by rappers Three Six Mafia’s “When the Smoke Clears” (Loud), which came in at No. 6 on sales of more than 157,000 copies, and the first studio album in five years from veteran rock group Bon Jovi’s “Crush” (Island), which placed ninth with sales of more than 115,000 copies.
The week’s other major debut was the various artists’ soundtrack to “Shaft” (LaFace/Arista), which sold more than 62,000 copies and landed at No. 22.
Largest sales jump of the week went to rock group Papa Roach’s “Infest” (DreamWorks), up 39,000 units, followed by rock group Creed’s “Human Clay” (Wind-up), up 27,000 units.
Other five-digit weekly sales increases came from Sting’s “Brand New Day” (A&M), up 17,000 units; Santana’s “Supernatural” (Arista) and rock group Three Doors Down’s “Better Life” (Republic/Universal), both up 15,000 copies; and country thrushes the Dixie Chicks’ “Fly” (Monument) and hemp-hoppers Cypress Hill’s “Skull & Bones” (Columbia), both up 10,000 units.
Universal won the weekly battle for current album share with 28.8%, trailed by BMG, 19.2%; Warners, 16.6%; Sony, 12.5%; and EMI, 6.6%.