Eminem Rubs Out Shania On Way To The Top

By | November 25, 2004 at 12:00 AM

It’s finally happened. After putting up with Celine Dion, Rod Stewart and Shania Twain, someone representing the kids has made it to the top.

It only took Eminem five days to sell over 79,000 CDs, last week, so imagine what a full week of sales could do? After a full seven days, Em took over the top spot selling 82,300 CDs, blowing away Twain, who was #1 last week. The controversial rapper has gone more than platinum in both Canada and the U.S..in just under two weeks, which isn’t much of a surprise as he is one of the most popular artists in the world. What is a surprise are the terrible reviews Encore is getting, so his reign at #1 may not last long.

Eminem pushed Twain’s Greatest Hits to #2, which is still not bad for the country pop star. She’s not doing as well south of the border, where she fell three spots to #5.

Eminem’s new disc isn’t the only charter receiving poor reviews.

Destiny’s Child ‘s new cash grab debuted at #3 this week. Despite doing well on their own, Beyonce, Kelly and Michelle reformed and released Destiny Fulfilled, a collection of less than bootylicious R&B pop tunes. Why would Beyonce put out a new Destiny Child’s disc when she’s made it to corporation status, you say? Well, 18,400 discs sold here and another 471,000 in the U.S. might answer it.

Other than Slim Shady, the only other returning disc in the top 10 to move up a spot is MuchDance 2005. The popular compilation features hits by Black Eyed Peas, Jay-Z and Jennifer Lopez. It moved from #5 to #4.

Rounding out the top five is Rod Stewart and his disc Stardust… The Great American Songbook Vol. 3.

Remember when Britney Spears was a popular pop vixen who sold millions of records in a blink of an eye? Well those days are over as the domestic diva’s greatest hits disc has plummeted three spots to #6.

These days many teen girls prefer the wholesome Hilary Duff to Spear’s halter tops and pelvic thrusts. Duff’s self-titled fluff, has been in the top 10 for eight weeks now, sliding one spot this week to #7.

While Eminem’s ruling the rap world, a former hip-hop master isn’t far behind.

Snoop Dogg doesn’t have the selling power he used to have, but his latest disc R&G: The Masterpiece, still charted at #8.

If you’re judging musical tastes by Much compilations, then rock ‘n’ roll is in trouble. Big Shiny Tunes 9, Much’s other compilation, features tracks by The Hives, The Killers and The Marble Index, but unlike MuchDance, this collection is dropping. It currently sits at #9.

Rounding out the Top 10 is yet another greatest hits comp. This one comes from the last bastion of Seattle grunge rock, Pearl Jam. Eddie Vedder and crew have thrown together their big (and not so big) hits into a two disc package, which entered the chart at #10. Let’s hope this latest batch of tunes won’t encourage any new PJ copycats.

Other debuts this week include Lil John & The East Side Boys ‘ Crunk Juice (#14), Rammstein ‘s Reise, Reise (#18), Neil Young ‘s Greatest Hits (#21), Clay Aiken ‘s Christmas Album (#27) and Collective Soul’s Youth (#30).

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