December 21, 2005

Eminem’s hits package extends reign on U.S. charts

By Jonathan Cohen

NEW YORK (Billboard) - The Eminem retrospective "Curtain
Call" began a second week at No. 1 on the U.S. pop charts
Wednesday, while "American Idol" runner-up Bo Bice and country
icon Johnny Cash were the only new entries in the top 10.

It's shaping up as another tough Christmas for music
retailers. CD sales in the week ended December 18 were down 11%
at 19.2 million units compared to the same week a year ago.
They were up by 28.8% from last week at 19.2 million units.

"Curtain Call" sold 323,700 copies, according to Nielsen
SoundScan, taking its two-week haul to more than 765,000

Bice joined this year's Idol winner Carrie Underwood and
inaugural champion Kelly Clarkson in the top 10, notching an
impressive No. 4 debut with "The Real Thing," which sold
227,000 copies. Underwood's "Some Hearts" jumped three places
to No. 2 with 271,000 copies in its fifth week. Blender
covergirl Clarkson's "Breakaway" was at No. 8, also up three,
with 180,000 copies in its 55th week.

As the Cash biopic "Walk the Line" nears $85 million at the
North American box office, the hits package "The Legend of
Johnny Cash" rose two places to No. 10 with 154,000 copies in
its eighth week.

In its seventh week on the chart, the "Now 20" hits
compilation rose one place to No. 3 with 259,000 units. Country
singer Kenny Chesney's "The Road and the Radio" was up one to
No. 5 with 217,500 copies, and Canadian rock band Nickelback's
"All the Right Reasons" also rose one, to No. 6, with 192,000

Mariah Carey's "The Emancipation of Mimi" rose one to No. 7
with 191,000 copies, and the Black Eyed Peas' "Monkey Business"
held at No. 9 with 157,600.

Ludacris and DTP's "Disturbing Tha Peace" debuted at No. 11
on the Billboard 200 and at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums on
sales of 151,000 copies. The crew's 2002 effort, "Golden
Grain," opened at No. 6 on the big chart, with 95,000 copies.

Neo-soul man Anthony Hamilton landed at No. 19 on The
Billboard 200 and No. 4 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with "Ain't
Nobody Worryin,"' which moved 112,000 in his best sales week
ever. This marks the proper follow-up to his debut release
"Comin' From Where I'm From" which has sold 1.2 million units
to date.

Meanwhile, reggaeton superstar Daddy Yankee achieved his
best sales week as "Barrio Fino en Directo" landed at No. 24 on
The Billboard 200 and No. 1 on Top Latin Albums with 100,300
units. The CD/DVD is the artist's fourth album to reach both
charts this year, following "Barrio Fino," "Ahora Le Toca Al
Cangri! Live" and "Los Homerun-Es."

The other notable debuts this week came from Disney's
soundtrack to "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch
and the Wardrobe" at No. 43 and YoungBloodz's "Ev'rybody Know
Me" (LaFace/Jive) at No. 44.