With summer officially underway, the spring’s flip-flopping chart queens Adele and Lady Gaga are bumped from the upper reaches of the Billboard Top 200 album chart this week in favor of Eminem and Royce Da 5’9″‘s collaborative Bad Meets Evil effort and young Pittsburgh diva Jackie Evancho. In addition, three other artists crash their latest LPs into the Top 10. See how things played out below!
Em and Royce’s Hell: The Sequel has been a long time coming — the Bad Meets Evil monicker is derived from Slim Shady’s 1999 track of the same name, while the pair have been on-again, off-again pals in the hip hop game over the years. The duo’s album lands at #1 on the strength of 171,000 copies sold. (To be honest, we’re actually a bit surprised this one didn’t do better, given that Eminem is coming off the success of last year’s Recovery.)
Jackie Evancho is just behind the towering MCs at #2 with her first full-length set Dream With Me (161,000). These two entries push Adele’s 21 (115,000) and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way (68,000) down to #3 and #4, respectively.
Three other debuts come in the forms of Owl City’s All Things Bright And Beautiful (#6, his highest-charting album yet), Barry Manilow’s 15 Minutes (#7) and Ledisi’s Pieces Of Me (#8).
Do You think Eminem and Royce have the strength to hold off new releases from Pitbull, Bon Iver, Weird Al Yankovic and Jill Scott on next week’s chart?
The Top 10 of Billboard’s Top 200 chart:
1. Bad Meets Evil, Hell: The Sequel *new* *1 week*
2. Jackie Evancho, Dream With Me *new*
3. Adele, 21
4. Lady Gaga, Born This Way
5. Jason Aldean, My Kinda Party
6. Owl City, All Thing Bright And Beautiful *new*
7. Barry Manilow, 15 Minutes *new*
8. Ledisi, Pieces Of Me *new*
9. Brad Paisley, This Is Country Music
10. Broadway Cast, The Book Of Mormon