Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" reclaimed
the top spot on the weekly album chart with sales of 120,000,
according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.
The record had debuted at No. 1 following its release on
November 5 with sales of 792,000 copies, the second-largest
opening week this year behind Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20
Experience," which opened with 968,000 copies in March.
Lady Gaga's latest effort "ARTPOP" debuted at No. 1 last week
with 258,000 copies, but sales dropped by 82 percent in its
second week, as the record fell to No. 8 in the chart with
46,000 units sold.
Five new debuts entered the top 10 of the Billboard 200 this
week, led by heavy metal rockers Five Finger Death Punch at No.
2 with "The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell
The soundtrack from the latest "Hunger Games" film, "Catching
Fire," featuring songs by Coldplay, Lorde and Christina
Aguilera, landed at No. 5. The film starring Oscar-winner
Jennifer Lawrence, stormed the worldwide box office with $307
million last week.
Rock band Daughtry came in at No. 6 with "Baptized," rapper Yo
Gotti notched No. 7 with his latest record "I Am" and the 25th
anniversary edition of the "Cities 97 Sampler" compilation,
featuring alternative rock artists such as Capital Cities, Fun.
and Matchbox Twenty, rounded out the top 10.
On the digital songs chart, which measures song downloads,
Eminem's "The Monster" featuring Rihanna kept its reign at No. 1
with 241,000 downloads. New Zealand singer Lorde's "Royals"
climbed one spot to No. 2 and OneRepublic's "Counting Stars"
fell one spot to No. 3.
Overall album sales for the week ending November 24 totaled 5.29
million, down 46 percent from the comparable week in 2012,
according to Billboard.
(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Eric Kelsey and Gunna