Eminem and his Bad Meets Evil partner Royce da 5'9" have prevented Adele from extending her long-running reign on Billboard Hot 200. The newly-reunited Hip-Hop duo bows at No. 1 on the U.S. album chart with "Hell: The Sequel", their first release since twelve years.
The Slim Shady and Royce arrive in the first position with modest 171,000 copies. They overshadow another new entry of this week by 11-year-old Jackie Evanchow. The former contestant of "America's Got Talent" has to settle at No. 2 with her first full-length album "Dream with Me" which sells 161,000 units in its first week.
This is for the umpteenth time Eminem sitting at the penthouse of the weekly rundown, but marks Royce's first-time ever ruling the chart. As for Jackie, this becomes her second time debuting at No. 2 on the list after she broke the chart and landed at the runner-up position with "O Holy Night" last year.
"You know I ain't never sold no records," Royce told MTV when commenting on the chart debut of the album. "I knew it had the potential. I just really was more focused on the whole 'critically acclaimed' thing, and I think we achieved that. I'm only hearing good things about how people feel about the album."
"I think it's great for an artist of Eminem's stature to do a project like this, especially with a dude like me," he went on. "And to only focus on lyrics and not worry about performance or radio or nothing like that. To go in there spitting, I think, is refreshing to hip-hop."
Back on the chart, Adele is forced to fall to No. 3 with her "21" which adds another 115,000 copies. Lady GaGa trails behind her with "Born This Way" which pulls in 68,000 in its fourth week, and Jason Aldean rises from No. 7 to rounding up the top 5 with "My Kinda Party" (51,000).
The next three spots are occupied by new releases. Owl City's "All Things Bright and Beautiful" enters at No. 6, Barry Manilow's "15 Minutes" bows at No. 7, and Ledisi's "Pieces of Me" scores her first top 10 album by arriving at No. 8.
Closing this week's 10 ten album list are Brad Paisley's "This Is Country Music" and "The Book of Mormon" soundtrack album. The former falls one slot to No. 9, and the latter has to drop seven slots to No. 10 after making a huge jump to from No. 124 No. 3. last week.