‘The Eminem Show’ Tops Charts Before Release

HitsDailyDouble.com reports despite the fact that it was supposed to be released on Sunday, Eminem’s new album ‘The Eminem Show’ cleared 311,000 units over the course of Friday and Saturday, and it appears with a wide release that he will easily sell one million, perhaps even 1.5 million in the current full week.

Eminem’s Disc Might Chart Even Before Release

HitsDailyDouble.com reports that because of the Memorial Day weekend, Interscope is being forced to rush out ‘The Eminem Show’ to retailers early, and some are wondering if the album will crack the Billboard 200 because of this with pre-release sales over the weekend. Just getting 30-40k in sales over the weekend would put the disc in the top 25 before the album drops May 28th.

Puffy Tops The Charts, Cam’ron Lands In #2 Spot

Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs finds himself atop the charts this week as ‘We Invented the Remix’ sold 263,924 records according to HitsDailyDouble.com, good enough for him to beat out Cam’ron’s ‘Come Home With Me’, which cleared 235,265 copies.

‘Eminem Show’ Good Candidate To Clear A Million-Plus

Music insiders are predicting a big opening week for Eminem’s new album ‘The Eminem Show’ despite being leaked to the internet. “It looks like a pretty good candidate to do a million-plus,” says Geoff Mayfield, Billboard’s director of charts. “We’re dealing with a different environment now. It’s hard to gauge, but for (Without Me) to jump at radio that fast and considering the retail orders logged so far, the album has a real chance to be the first million-plus week in a year.” Read more.

Eminem’s ‘Without Me’ Goes To Radio Friday

Hits Daily Double reports Eminem’s debut single ‘Without Me’ is set to invade radio airwaves on Friday, April 26. Slim’s manager Paul Rosenberg tells Hits, “People are not going to believe it, but ‘The Eminem Show’ is his best record yet—no question about it. It’s the most consistent from beginning to end, and shows more growth than either of the other two.”

Island Def Jam Re-signs Murder Inc.

Hits Daily Double reports Island Def Jam Music Group has re-signed urban label Murder Inc. to an exclusive agreement… and with the success of acts like Ja Rule and Ashanti, who can blame them? IDJ’s President/CEO Lyor Cohen said, “We are thrilled to continue our very successful partnership with Irv Gotti and Murder Inc. Through his leadership and musical innovation Irv has not only played a major role in developing the careers of some of our label’s most popular and respected artists, but has launched musical movements in the process.”

Jay-Z & R. Kelly Collaboration Topped By Now 9

The latest volume of ‘That’s What I Call Music!’ again was a big seller with #9 getting 420,000 sales in its first week, easily topping the collaboration between Jay-Z and sex-scandal embroiled R. Kelly. With little to no publicity in the face of the news, there wasn’t much hope for big sales. ‘The Best of Both Worlds’ cleared 220,000 for the week, while R&B newcomer Glenn Lewis was surprisingly strong opening at #4, clearing 85,000 copies of his debut. Read more.

Ja Rule #1 AND #2 On The Singles Charts

Jennifer Lopez 'Ain't It Funny' ft. Ja Rule single cover

Ja Rule got a double shot of good news today with news that both the Jennifer Lopez song featuring Ja Rule, ‘Ain’t It Funny’ and the song he and Ashanti collaborate on, ‘Always On Time’ were #1 and #2 on the singles chart respectively.

Ludacris & Ja Rule Stay Near Top

Hits Daily Double shows this week’s charts have Ludacris landing in the #3 position selling just over 81,000 copies of ‘Word of Mouf’ for the week, while Ja Rule’s ‘Pain Is Love’ was right behind at #5. Others on the list include OutKast at #23 and Busta Rhymes at #29.

Nas & Lil’ Bow Wow Open Fairly Strong

Most acts were greatly helped by the week before Christmas buying rush so sales figures by Nas and Lil’ Bow Wow may look impressive in volume, but must be taken into context. ‘Stillmatic’ sold 342,000 copies to debut at number eight, while ‘Doggy Bag’ sold 319,000 copies for a number 11 opening. Wu-Tang Clan’s latest, ‘Iron Flag’, opened at 32 with 153,000 copies sold, with Jay-Z’s ‘MTV Unplugged’ right behind at number 34. ‘Ruff Ryders’ Ryde or Die Vol. III: In the “R” We Trust’ opened at number 38 and finally, ‘The Source Presents: Vol. 5–Hip-Hop Hits’ hit number 70.