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Magic '8' Ball

Eminem boots Shania from No. 1 -- The rapper's ''8 Mile'' returns to the top of the Billboard album chart, ending Twain's five-week reign

Eminem, MTV Video Music Awards 2001 | 'MILE' HIGH CLUB Slim Shady's movie soundtrack has Billboard staying power
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'MILE' HIGH CLUB Slim Shady's movie soundtrack has Billboard staying power

Shania Twain's ''Up!'' finally had to give up the no. 1 spot. Eminem's ''8 Mile'' soundtrack returned to the top of the Billboard album chart, ending Twain's five-week reign. The rapper's disc sold another 312,950 copies according to SoundScan, besting ''Up!'''s 263,400.

Avril Lavigne's ''Let Go'' is still going, moving another 263,000 units and sk8ing up a notch to no. 3. It traded places with the Dixie Chicks' ''Home,'' which nested in fourth place with sales of 259,725. Holding in fifth was Jennifer Lopez's ''This Is Me... Then,'' with another 233,275 fans joining the ''Block'' party.

Jumping two places to no. 6 was Justin Timberlake's ''Justified'' -- the sales spike probably related to Timberlake's recent tell-all cover story for Rolling Stone magazine. Norah Jones' ''Come Away With Me,'' in stores for nearly a year, returned to the top 10, leaping four rungs to no. 7, perhaps in response to the reairing on Dec. 28 of her recent ''Saturday Night Live'' performance. Christina Aguilera's ''Stripped'' shimmied up two spots to no. 8. Tim McGraw's ''Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors'' slid three slots to no. 9. And the late Aaliyah reentered the top 10 with ''I Care 4 U,'' vaulting seven spots to 10th place.

Originally posted Jan 03, 2003