Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 sold 792,000 copies its first week, enough to land at No. 1 in Billboard and score the second-biggest sales week of the year, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
MMLP2 marks Eminem's seventh No. 1 album -- all consecutive, and all debuts at No. 1. His only album to miss the top slot was his first release, 1999's "The Slim Shady LP." It debuted and peaked at No. 2.
Impressively, "MMLP2" posts a larger debut than Eminem's last album, 2010's "Recovery," which started with 741,000. Both albums bowed bigger than his previous set, 2009's "Relapse," which entered with 608,000.
The number was nowhere near the 1.76 million copies The Marshall Mathers LP opened with in 2000, before piracy clobbered the industry. But MMLP2's take exceeds the bows of 2009's Relapse (608,000) and 2010's Recovery (741,000).
The album was streamed 10 million times in its debut week, according to Spotify.
"Unlike most people in the record industry, he's consistently able to sell hundreds of thousands of records in one week," says Keith Caulfield, Billboard's associate director of charts/retail. "We're talking about an artist repeatedly doing this since his second album. It's normal for him. And he can sell tracks. And he can sell out stadiums. How can you bottle what he does? It's amazing."
Source: USA Today
Congrats, Marshall, on your 7th number one album!