Rock band Godsmack, rapper Eminem lead U.S. charts

Wed May 12, 2010 1:27pm EDT
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By Keith Caulfield

LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - Hard rock band Godsmack notched its third consecutive No. 1 on the U.S. pop album chart Wednesday, while Eminem is on track to lead the Hot 100 singles chart with his new tune "Not Afraid."

Godsmack's "Oracle" sold 117,000 copies during the week ended May 9, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Previously the band hit the top with 2006's "IV" (211,000 units) and 2003's "Faceless" (267,000).

Last week's No. 1, Atlanta rapper B.o.B's "The Adventures of Bobby Ray" slid to No. 12 with 36,000. It's the first album to fall from No. 1 to out of the top 10 since last November when John Mayer's "Battle Studies" tumbled to No. 13 in its second week.

Country trio Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" held at No. 2 with 97,000. MercyMe's "The Generous Mr. Lovewell" debuted at No. 3 with 88,000, new highs for the Christian band in terms of both rank and sales.

Carole King and James Taylor came in at No. 4 with "Live at the Troubadour," which sold 78,000. Taylor last reached the top 10 with "Covers" in 2008, while King's last visit was in 1976 when "Thoroughbred" reached No. 3.

Canadian teen idol Justin Bieber's former chart-topper "My World 2.0" slipped one to No. 5 with 64,000.

Over on the Hot 100, which will be officially released on Thursday, Eminem's "Not Afraid" will become just the 16th tune to debut at No. 1 in the chart's 52-year history. The previous No. 1 bow was Britney Spears' "3" last October.

Released digitally last Monday, just four days after its radio premiere, "Not Afraid" sold about 379,000 downloads -- the best sales week for a single this calendar year.   Continued...