Eminem Scores Fourth #1 Bow With Curtain Call

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sq_em_curtain_call.jpgAfter a Detroit paper reported in July that Eminem was bowing out of the rap game for good, he spoke out to clarify the future of his music career, explaining that he'd take a break from recording his own rhymes to focus his creative efforts on producing other artists' material. Nearly four months later, the rapper has released a retrospective collection featuring a handful of fresh tracks, slapped with the ominous title Curtain Call.

If this is the last we'll hear from Eminem for a while, at least he's going out on a high note. Curtain Call: The Hits racked up first-week sales of nearly 441,000, earning Em the #1 spot on Billboard's albums chart - the fourth straight chart-topping debut of his career. 2004's Encore achieved week-one sales of 711,000 for a #1 debut, while 2002's The Eminem Show and 2000's The Marshall Mathers LP both sold over 1 million copies to open on top.

According to SoundScan figures, Eminem's latest Billboard conquest came during a rather robust week at retail, likely triggered by last week's Grammy nominations as well as the vigorous spending habits of holiday shoppers. Curtain Call claimed Billboard's crown handily, outselling its two closest competitors by more than 200,000 copies. Lil' Wayne's Tha Carter II debuts at #2 with more than 238,000 scans while Korn's first studio LP without former guitarist Brian "Head" Welch, See You on the Other Side, opens in the #3 slot with sales of close to 221,000.

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