Eminem’s two-week run at No. 1 ends next week when Dave Matthews Band handily slips into the top spot on the album chart.
“Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King” should sell upwards of 400,000 copies, according to Hits Daily Double. That makes it one of the highest debuts of the year, behind such acts as Eminem and U2.
Eminem’s “Relapse” moves to No. 2 with estimated sales of around 160,000, which is more than twice as much as 311, who is expected to debut at No. 3. The only other debut in the top 10 will come from Taking Back Sunday, will duke it out with Lady GaGa and Green Day for the No. 4 slot, with all three expected to sell around 50,000 units.
Although it doesn’t help Eminem to stay No. 1, both he and Kings of Leon should get a boost from their appearances on the MTV Movie Awards. KoL’s “Only By the Night” may get enough of a helping hand to move from No. 15 or so back into the Top 10. Similarly, Taylor Swift’s “Fearless,” which needs no help, should get a bit of a bump from the “Dateline” episode devoted to her that aired on Sunday as well.