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Avenged Sevenfold Knock Eminem Out of Number One

Rapper settles for sixth straight Number One on Digital Songs chart

August 4, 2010 2:06 PM ET

Avenged Sevenfold landed their first Number One album on the Billboard 200 this week, knocking Eminem from his five-week reign on the chart. The group's latest set Nightmare debuted with 163,000 copies sold, besting their last chart high with 2007's self-titled disc, which sold 94,000 copies its first week. (Get the story behind the album here.) This is the band's first album since the tragic 2009 death of drummer Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan, who died of an accidental overdose. Eminem settled for Number Two in his sixth week, selling 159,000 copies of Recovery — just 4,000 units shy of Avenged's sales figures. Eminem did have another Number One victory this week, though: his single "Love the Way You Lie," featuring Rihanna, remained Number One on the Digital Songs chart for a sixth straight week, racking up another 300,000 downloads.

Other than Avenged Sevenfold's chart-topping entry, no other debuts managed to break into the Top 10. Rick Ross' Teflon Don slipped one spot from last week to finish out at Number Three with 63,000 copies. Justin Bieber's My World 2.0 and Drake's Thank Me Later rounded out the Top Five. This week marked the first time since February that only one album debuted within the Top 10. On the whole, total album sales were down one percent compared to last week and down 13 percent compared to the same week last year.

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