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Eminem Sets U.S. Record With Eighth Consecutive Number 1 Debut; Streisand Gone in Second Week

by VVN Music

Just as in England, Eminem has scored his eighth straight number 1 debut in the U.S. with his new album, Revival. Unlike the U.K., he owns the record alone in America, passing Kanye West who has had seven in a row. Metallica, Beyonce and the Dave Matthews Band have each had six.

Revival sold 197,000 copies and increased its total to 267,000 with streaming added in. It also tops the Album Sales, Digital Albums, Tastemakers, R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Rap Albums charts.

Linkin Park opens at 28 with their new live album, One More Light: Live. It's their third live album and sits right in the middle of the trio in chart performance with Live in Texas (2003 / #23) doing better and Road to Revolution: Live at Milton Keynes (2008 / #41) faring worse.

Two other Christmas related releases come in at the bottom of the Billboard 200. Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree: The Decca Christmas Recordings by Brenda Lee opens at 198 and the vinyl only The Christmas Records by the Beatles debuts at 199.

Garth Brooks' The Anthology: Part 1, the First Five Years moves back into the top ten while being at number 1 on the Independent Albums chart.

The new Barbra Streisand album, The Music...The Mem'ries...The Magic: Live in Concert debuted last week at 69 and fell off the top 200 in its second week.

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers are at the top of the Bluegrass Albums chart while, a year after its release, the Rolling Stones are back at number 1 on the Blues Albums with Blue and Lonesome. Frank Sinatra is heading the Jazz Albums with Ultimate Christmas and Vince Guaraldi is again at number 1 on the Kid's Albums with A Charlie Brown Christmas although it was knocked off the top on the Soundtrack Albums by the new Star Wars set. Finally, Damian Marley is leading the Reggae Albums with Stony Hill.

The top twenty albums this week by veteran artists who have been recording twenty years or more (Billboard 200 position in parenthesis). Debuts are in blue:
  1. Revival - Eminem (1)
  2. The Anthology: Part 1, The First Five Years Garth Brooks (9)
  3. Christmas - Michael Buble (11)
  4. You Make It Feel Like Christmas - Gwen Stefani (21)
  5. Merry Christmas - Mariah Carey (24)
  6. One More Light: Live - Linkin Park (28)
  7. Songs of Experience - U2 (32)
  8. Precious Memories Collection - Alan Jackson (33)
  9. A Charlie Brown Christmas - Vince Guaraldi Trio (34)
  10. Ultimate Christmas - Frank Sinatra (45)
  11. The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole (48)
  12. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 2 - Various Artists (50)
  13. It's Christmas Time - Elvis Presley (53)
  14. Greatest Hits - Tom Petty & the Heartbrekers (54)
  15. The Rest of Our Life - Tim McGraw & Faith Hill (59)
  16. My Kind of Christmas - Reba McEntire (62)
  17. Everyday is Christmas - Sia (65)
  18. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - Beatles (66)
  19. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 - Various Artists (67)
  20. The Ghosts of Christmas Eve - Trans-Siberian Orchestra (72)
Beyonce stays at number 1 on the Singles chart in support of Ed Sheeran on "Perfect" while Mariah Carey holds at number 9 with "All I Want For Christmas is You", continuing its first trip to the top ten after 24 years in release.  Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran is at 11 with the debut of "River".

"Perfect" is also number 1 on Digital Songs and Streaming Songs. "River" tops the R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales

Other older holiday hits on this week's Hot 100 include:
  • Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee (#30)
  • It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year - Andy Williams (#32)
  • The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole (#37)
  • A Holly Jolly Christmas - Burl Ives (#38)
  • Last Christmas - Wham! (#43)
  • Feliz Navidad - Jose Feliciano (#49)
  • Jingle Bell Rock - Bobby Helms (#50)
On other Singles charts, Sia is at number 1 on Adult Contemporary with "Santa's Coming For Us", Brenda Lee once again heads the Country Streaming with "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" and Beck leads the Alternative Songs with "Up All Night"