December 2nd, 2013 | 10:30 am
Eminem has plenty to be thankful for this week; the Detroit rapper rules Nielsen SoundScan’s singles and albums chart this week, as Lady Gaga watches sales of her Artpop plummet. For more, we turn to this week’s SoundScanner:
Eminem rises, Gaga falls: Eminem returns to No. 1 on SoundScan’s Top Current Albums chart this week with The Marshall Mathers LP 2, which sold 120,000 copies its third week in stores. That brings its total sales to 1.124 million. (Em also controls SoundScan’s Digital Songs chart with “The Monster,” his duet with Rihanna, which sold 241,000 downloads this week.) Meanwhile, last week’s No. 1, Lady Gaga’s Artpop, sinks like a deflated Jeff Koons ballon, falling to No. 8 on a disastrous 82 percent sales slide. That’s worse than the second week drop off of both Kanye West‘s Yeezus and Justin Timberlake‘s The 20/20 Experience, Pt. 2 of 2, both of which fell around 80 percent their second week. Artpop has sold a less-than-blockbuster 305,000 copies in two weeks.
Five Finger Death Punch, ‘Hunger Games’ debut strong: Los Angeles metal dudes Five Finger Death Punch arrive at No. 2 on this week’s chart with The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Part 2, which sold 77,000 copies this week. The album is the follow up to July’s Volume 1, which sold 112,000 copies in its arrival (also good for a No. 2 debut) and has sold 291,000 copies to date. The soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which features songs by Coldplay, the National, Lorde and more, debuts at No. 5, a far more modest debut than last year’s soundtrack to the first film, which started at No. 1 with 175,000 sales. This week’s other Top 10 debuts come from American Idol alum Daughtry (No. 6, 55,000), Memphis rapper Yo Gotti (No. 7, 47,000) and the compilation album Cities 97 Sampler, Live from Studio C: Vol. 25 (No. 10, 40,000), a regional album that raised money for Minneapolis-area charities.