He may have gotten (willingly) pranked at the MTV Movie Awards this weekend, but Eminem is nobody’s fool on the Billboard 200 albums chart. His Relapse held on tight to the No. 1 spot in its second week, selling another 211,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan — nearly three times as many as this week’s runner-up, Green Day’s 21st Century Breakdown. Another week like this and Em will have topped a million units moved in under a month. Now that he’s back, it seems Shady isn’t going anywhere.
The week’s next highest debut went to Marilyn Manson, whose The High End of Low bowed at No. 4 with 49,000 copies sold. That’s a — gasp! — respectable number for an aging shock-rocker. Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Wisin & Yandel opened at No. 7 with 36,000 copies sold of La Revolucion, which I am totally going to check out now that I know it exists. (“Rakata” used to be my jam!)
Next up, Grizzly Bear’s Veckatimest bowed at No. 8 with 33,000 copies sold. Wait, let me say that again: Grizzly Bear debuted in the Top 10!!! I’ve been doing my minor part to help spread the word about this fantastic indie album for many a month, as have legions of other critics and fans, so I hope it’s not presumptuous of me to feel a little proud to see all that buzz paying off. It couldn’t happen to a more deserving record. Just to review, Grizzly Bear sold more albums this week than either Taylor Swift (No. 9) or Rascal Flatts (No. 10). Wonderful.
Elsewhere in charting debuts, Montgomery Gentry landed at No. 11 with 26,000 copies sold of For Our Heroes, which was available for purchase only at Cracker Barrel restaurant/stores. (Yep, Grizzly Bear sold more than the Cracker Barrel exclusive country album, too.) And that was it for new entries to the Top 20 this week. What’s your take on this week’s sales results? How long do you think Eminem can keep his No. 1 run going? And are any of you as pleasantly surprised by Grizzly Bear’s performance as I am?
More from EW’s Music Mix:
Eminem trounces the competition in a crowded week
Grizzly Bear takes a victory lap in New York City
Saturday video roundup: Phoenix, Modest Mouse and Marilyn Manson
What ‘grown up’ songs do your kids love?