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"The Eminem juggernaut is a music industry phenomenon. With more radio, MTV and the summer tour, this one will be a player all the way into and through the fourth quarter."
—Sandy Bean, Harmony House

THE KID'S ALRIGHT

Rock Rolls At #2, While Eminem Still Packs A Punch and Britney's Bustin' Out
So what if most of the material was recorded before some of his core audience base experienced puberty? Lava/Atlantic/ARG's Kid Rock proved this week that you can hit Gold, or in this case multi-Platinum, when mining those vaults.

Indeed, Kid's "History Of Rock" made a stunning #2 debut on HITS' Top 50 Albums chart this week, selling just south of 500k in its debut on the street. Must be the midget. Admit it, that's why you watched "Fantasy Island."

"It's testimony to the connection he made with the fans during the long run of his last album," said Harmony House's Sandy Bean, who would have given us a better quote, but she was saving it for Billboard. "The awareness of the release date and the interest shown in his past material suggest that Atlantic has broken an artist with sales longevity. Imagine if it had been an entirely new album." Sandy had more to say about Kid Rock, but by this point the writer of this story had been sufficiently lulled to sleep.

Naturally, Rock wasn't the only gnarly thrash-rapper to impact retail. Aftermath/Interscope's Eminem continued his torrid run, remaining firmly at the top of the chart with sales north of 825k. Eminem celebrated the amazing feat by slapping the crap out of some Midwestern Elmer who made a pass at his wife after the watered-down canned Budweiser saturated his pea-size brain (C'mon, folks, we're talking MICHIGAN! Thank you).

"Just remarkable," said Harmony House's Bean, who also made a pass at Eminem's wife, but suddenly found herself embraced by the young rapper. Imagine. "The Eminem juggernaut is a music industry phenomenon. With more radio, MTV and the summer tour, this one will be a player all the way into and through the fourth quarter."

Rounding out this week's Top Five are #3 Britney Spears, #4 matchbox twenty and #5 NSYNC.

Besides Rock, the other Top Ten debut belonged to Elektra's "Totally Hits 2," which applies the truly unique theory that if you put a bunch of hit songs on one album, people will buy it. Hello?

"Hmmm. Hit singles…selling albums," pondered Harmony House's Bean. "I'm going to bring this up with corporate."

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CHART FINAL:
THE BIGGEST BOW
OF THE YEAR
Big numbers for "30." (11/29a)
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Deck the Grammys with boughs of Holly. (11/24a)
THE BRITISH
ARE COMING
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PUTTING THE POP
IN POPCORN
Putting the audio into audio-visual. (11/29a)
CHESTNUTS
Roasting.
STOCKINGS
Stuffing.
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Piping.
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