EMINEM has charged to the top of the American album charts after selling 711,000 copies of his new album ENCORE in just three days. The rapper released the album early (12NOV04) in a bid to combat pirates trying to sell tracks over the Internet. The album shifted well over twice as many as its predecessor THE EMINEM SHOW, which was also released early, did in 2002.That album went on to sell 9.3 million copies and notched up the fifth biggest sales week in BILLBOARD album chart history when a further 1.3 million copies were sold on its first full week on release. Meanwhile, it has been a good week for country acts on the album chart – SHANIA TWAIN’s GREATEST HITS package debuted at number two with a stunning 530,000 opening sales week, and TOBY KEITH was hot on her heels selling a very healthy 435,000 units of his GREATEST HITS 2 release. And BRITNEY SPEARS’ GREATEST HITS: MY PREROGATIVE became the pop superstar’s first album not to debut at number one in America. It shifted a disappointing 255,000 copies to debut at number four. Her last release, 2003’s IN THE ZONE, debuted at number one with 609,000 units sold in week one.

Source – femalefirst.co.uk

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