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Eminem continues reign over Billboard Hot 100 chart

EminemImage Credit: Johnny Nunez/WireImage.comEminem may not rule the album chart anymore, but he still has a firm grip on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.  For a seventh week, his Rihanna-featuring “Love the Way You Lie” is No. 1 on the board.

Katy Perry‘s “Teenage Dream” creeps up one place to No. 2. Perry’s “California Gurls,” featuring Snoop Dogg, also moves up a spot, to No. 7. Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” slides back a place to No. 3. “I Like It” by Enrique Iglesias and “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love” by Usher, both featuring Pitbull, hold steady at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.

Bruno Mars moves up three spots to No. 6 with his ballad “Just the Way You Are.” While Mike Posner’s “Cooler Than Me” drops a spot to No.8, Taylor Swift‘s “Mine” returns to the top 10, jumping up five spots to No. 9. Rounding out the top 10, Ke$ha’s “Take It Off” leaps six places to No. 10.

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Katy Perry debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 albums chart

Teenage-DreamImage Credit: Ari MichelsonThough she did not earn the numbers we expected, Katy Perry comes in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Her Teenage Dream set sold 192,000 copies in its debut frame. It’s still her best ever sales week, though. Her last album, 2008’s One of the Boys of “I Kissed a Girl” fame, debuted and peaked at No. 9 with 47,000 albums sold.

American Idol alum Fantasia debuts at No. 2 with Back To Me, selling 117,000 copies. Eminem‘s Recovery falls two spots to No. 3, moving 98,000 units. And Usher’s companion to this year’s Raymond V Raymond, Versus, premieres at No. 4 with 46,000 copies sold.

Little Big Town’s The Reason Why debuts at No. 5 with 42,000 albums sold. While selling 30,000 copies, Kem’s Intimacy drops from last week’s No. 2 to No. 6. Justin Bieber’s My World 2.0 lifts one place to No. 7, selling 29,000 units.

Country group Randy Rogers Band’s Burning the Day enters at No. 8, boasting 29,000 albums sold. Ray LaMontagne’s God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise drops six spots to No. 9, selling 28,000 copies. Rounding out the top 10 is the Devil Wears Prada’s five-song concept EP, Zombie, at No. 10 with 25,000 copies sold.

Did you buy Katy Perry’s album? Happy Fantasia came in at No. 2? Let us know.

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Eminem's 'Recovery': How did this album get so huge?

EminemImage Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic.comTake a moment to consider the genius of the plan that took Eminem’s Recovery to its seventh week atop the Billboard 200 albums chart yesterday. He’s had an incredible summer, leaving his No. 1 perch only twice, when Arcade Fire and Avenged Sevenfold each eked out a slim 4,000-unit win. That kind of chart run doesn’t just happen by accident these days — especially not for a rapper who’s pushing 40 and was presumed permanently retired as recently as two years ago. So what’s Eminem’s secret?

Recovery‘s long-lasting success is the result of a carefully calibrated marketing strategy. In the months leading up to its release, Eminem’s team essentially tore up their own decade-old playbook. Forget the celebrity-baiting stunt singles or fire-breathing interviews the old Slim Shady would have led with. Instead, they opened in April with a simple announcement that his next project would be titled Recovery instead of Relapse 2. This seemingly minor change hinted at his intentions for the new album. Whether or not you already contributed to Relapse‘s enormous 2009 sales, you needed to hear this one. He was done backsliding into musical habits that might or might not connect with 2010’s buying public. Eminem was ready to start fresh. READ FULL STORY

Eminem leads Billboard Hot 100 chart again; Lil Wayne debuts big

lil-wayne-eminemImage Credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty ImagesEminem and Rihanna’s “Love The Way You Lie” leads the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for its sixth week,  leaving Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” waiting in the wings at No. 2 for its third straight week. Katy Perry‘s “Teenage Dream” rises two spots from No. 5 to No. 3. Her former No.1, “California Gurls,” drops five spots to No. 8.

Enrique Iglesias’ “I Like It,” with Pitbull, holds its place at No. 4. Usher‘s “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love” moves up two spots to No. 5. Lil Wayne‘s “Right Above It,” featuring Drake, debuts at No. 6. It’s the incarcerated rhymer’s first major hit since entering Rikers Island last spring. Mike Posner’s “Cooler Than Me” slips a rung to No.7.

After producing and featuring on two of the summer’s biggest records, B.o.B’s “Nothin’ on You” and Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire,” Bruno Mars lands his first hit record of his own. “Just The Way You Are” leaps seven places up to No. 9. B.o.B rounds out the top 10 as his “Magic” moves up a spot to No. 10.

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The Key of Awesome parodies Eminem and Rihanna's 'Love the Way You Lie' grade-school style: Watch here

Oh, those crazy Key of Awesome kids! The folks who brought you that “Telephone” parody and that other Ke$ha/Bieber/Gaga parody and a bunch of other such YouTube shenanigans have now turned their sights on Eminem and Rihanna’s “Love the Way You Lie.”

In their hands, the somber domestic-violence lesson becomes a cutesy story about two elementary schoolers. “You stole my heart and you stole my bike,” sings a Rihanna impersonator, “But that’s all right, because I love the way you like.” See what they did there?

Click through to the jump to see the Key of Awesome’s “Love the Way You Lie” parody video. Funny? Lame? You tell us. READ FULL STORY

Eminem tops the Billboard 200 album sales chart yet again

eminemImage Credit: Frank Micelotta/Getty ImagesEminem‘s chart reign goes on. After a brief interruption two weeks ago courtesy of Arcade Fire, he promptly returned last week to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album sales chart, and that’s where he’s staying this week after selling another 116,000 copies of Recovery, according to Nielsen SoundScan. This is Shady’s seventh nonconsecutive week at No. 1 with Recovery — more than anyone has racked up since Taylor Swift’s Fearless in 2008 and 2009, and more than any rap album since OutKast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below in 2003 and 2004. Will Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream knock Eminem back down to No. 2 next week? Stay tuned.

Soul singer Kem’s Intimacy leads this week’s crowded pack of new arrivals, taking No. 2 with 74,000 copies sold. At No. 3, it’s Ray LaMontagne with 64,000 copies sold of God Willin’ and the Creek Don’t Rise, a career best for the folk troubadour. Iron Maiden follow at No. 4 with 63,000 copies sold of Final Frontier. Trace Adkins rounds out the Top 5 with 50,000 copies sold of Cowboy’s Back in Town. Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs falls to No. 7 in week 3 after selling another 31,000 copies.

The new entries resume at No. 9 with David Gray, who sold 25,000 copies of Foundling. John Mellencamp notches No. 10 with 24,000 copies sold of No Better Than This. Down at No. 17, Lady Antebellum make it onto the chart with 18,000 digital copies sold of their iTunes Sessions EP; a few spaces above, their hit Need You Now also rose from No. 12 last week to No. 6 this week.

Surprised by any of those results? Think Eminem has a shot at fending off Katy Perry next week, or is he enjoying his last term at No. 1? Speak up in the comments.

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Eminem's freestyle battle contest heads to the finals in Detroit

eminemImage Credit: Johnny Nunez/WireImage.comAll summer long, Eminem and his cronies have been criss-crossing the country looking for the best unknown freestyle rappers at a series of audition events. Now it’s time to crown a victor. The finals of the awkwardly titled Red Bull EmSee: The Road to 8 Mile contest will take place in Eminem’s hometown of Detroit on Aug. 26, next Thursday. Em himself will judge the finalists’ improvised rhymes.

Eminem first got the music industry’s attention by placing well at an organized freestyle competition in 1997. Before that, of course, he cut his teeth at local battles like the ones dramatized in 8 Mile. It’s cool that he’s bringing that tradition full circle and giving some new rappers a chance to shine. That’s especially true these days, when the word “freestyle” hardly means what it used to — respected artists regularly “freestyle” during radio appearances by reading pre-written rhymes off of their BlackBerries, a dubious practice that I have to assume won’t fly here.

Have you been at any of the EmSee events? Rooting for anyone in the finals? Let us know.

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Eminem-Rihanna collab leads Billboard singles chart for fifth week

Love-the-Way-You-LieLooking for some major shake-ups on the music charts? Sorry to disappoint, but Eminem‘s “Love the Way You Lie” featuring Rihanna leads the Hot 100 singles chart yet again. “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz holds steady at No. 2.

Katy Perry‘s “California Gurls” moves up a spot to No. 3, while her “Teenage Dream” leaps from No. 9 to. No 5. Perry is the tenth solo female in the Hot 100’s 52-year history to place two titles in the top five as a lead artist at the same time.

“I Like It” by Enrique Iglesias rises a place to No. 4. Mike Posner’s “Cooler Than Me” rises one a rung to No. 6. Usher‘s “DJ Got Us Falling in Love” does the same and lands at No. 7. Taylor Swift’s “Mine” drops five spots to No. 8.

B.o.B‘s “Airplanes” drops from No. 6 to No. 9. and Jason Derulo’s “Ridin’ Solo” rounds out the top 10, holding at No. 10.

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Eminem returns to No. 1 on Billboard 200 chart, album goes double platinum

eminemImage Credit: Karin CattReturning to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart is Eminem‘s Recovery, selling 133,000 copies. Not since Susan Boyle’s I Dreamed a Dream claimed six straight beginning last December has anyone spent as many weeks in the top spot.

To date, Recovery has sold 2.1 million, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Behind Lady Antebellum, who’ve sold 2.5 million units of their Need You Now, Em is the only artist to cross the double-platinum line this year.

Last week’s chart-topper, Arcade Fire‘s The Suburbs, falls to No. 2 with 52,000 albums sold. Disney Channel’s Camp Rock 2: the Final Jam debuts at No. 3, selling 41,000 copies. The second-highest entry comes from Black Label Society, whose Order of the Black comes in at No. 4, selling  33,000 copies. Blake Shelton’s second EP of the year, All About Tonight, comes in at No. 6 with 33,000 units moved.

The final debut in the top 10 comes from Mike Posner, with his debut effort 31 Minutes to Takeoff, flying low at No. 8 with 29,000. Sparked by the hit single “Cooler Than Me,” many expected higher sales. Justin Bieber‘s My World 2.0 climbs up two spots to No. 5, selling 33,000 albums.

Rick Ross’ Teflon Don falls two spots to No. 7, moving 30,000 sets. Kidz Bop 18 set rises up two places to No. 9 with 28,000 copies to their credit. And Avenged Sevenfold’s Nightmare rounds out the Top 10, falling seven places to No. 10 and selling 27,000 copies.

Are you surprised by Eminem’s success? Let us know.

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Eminem tops Billboard hot 100 for fourth straight week, Taylor Swift's 'Mine' debuts big

eminem_swiftImage Credit: Swift: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty ImagesFor the fourth week in a row, Eminem’s Rihanna-featuring “Love they Way You Lie” holds the No. 1 spot on the Billboard hot 100. Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” reaches it’s highest point yet, rising a spot to No. 2. Taylor Swift’s first single from her forthcoming album Speak Now, “Mine,” snatches the No. 3 spot in its opening week.

Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” falls two rungs to No. 4, and her “Teenage Dream” does the same, sliding two spots to No. 9. Enrique Iglesias’ Pitbull-assisted “I Like It,” remains at No. 5. “Airplanes” by B.o.B. steps back to places to No. 6. Slipping one spot to No. 7 is Mike Posner’s “Cooler than Me.” Usher’s “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love” moves up one spot to No. 8,  and Jason Derulo’s “Ridin’ Solo” rounds out the top 10.

Okay, prediction time. How long do you think it will take for Taylor Swift to reach No. 1? Or will Eminem and Rihanna’s collaboration continue its reign for weeks to come? Let us know.

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