May 12, 2010 / 5:40 PM / 9 years ago

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

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.

The lead single from Eminem’s new album “Recovery,” due out on June 22, it marks the rapper’s third chart-topper. He first led the list for 12 weeks with “Lose Yourself” in 2002-03 and made an impressive 78-1 jump with “Crack A Bottle,” along with Dr. Dre and 50 Cent last February.

Back on the albums chart, California rock band the Deftones debuted at No. 6 with “Diamond Eyes” (62,000). It’s the fourth top 10 album for the act, which last charted with “Saturday Night Wrist” in 2006 (No. 10 with a 76,000 start).

The Dixie Chicks’ Emily Robison and Martie Maguire bowed at No. 7 with the self-titled debut album from the sisters’ new side project Court Yard Hounds (61,000).

AC/DC’s “Iron Man 2” set fell three places to No. 8 with 55,000. Toni Braxton’s “Pulse” registered at No. 9 with 54,000; her previous album, “Libra,” debuted and peaked at No. 4 in 2005 with 114,000. Usher’s “Raymond v Raymond” fell four to No. 10 with 51,000.

Overall album sales totaled 6.07 million units, up 11% from the previous week, but down 7% compared to the comparable sales week of 2009. Year-to-date sales stand at 109.7 million, down 10% compared to the same total at this point last year.

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