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"The massive support for Eminem at both the major and independent store level was unprecedented."
—Tony Bazemore, AEC One-Stop
MATHERS MATTERS!!!
The Dis Is All Dat As Eminem Melts In Retail’s Hand; Matchbox Is Smooth At #3
Fact: Eminem's new #1 album, "The Marshall Mathers LP," has just scored the second-highest first-week sales in history.

Fact: That feat occurred exactly seven days after Britney Spears scored the second-highest first-week sales in history.

Fact: Despite those numeric similarities and the increasingly blurred distinction between the two artists' sales demographic—Eminem ain't Britney Spears.

Fact: It wouldn't be one of our trademark riveting sales summaries without a lame retail quote. Here it is:

"It was amazing to watch the kids literally running into the stores to buy Eminem," said Best Buy's Kevin Engler, using the exact words he used for the one-day sales story which appeared on hitsdailydouble.com last Wednesday (5/24). Being a retailer, Kevin then scratched himself in an inappropriate manner before demanding a price-and-positioning fee for this story.

Bowled over yet? Well, buckle up, kids, 'cause here's a dude from a one-stop: "The massive support for Eminem at both the major and independent store level was unprecedented," said Tony Bazemore of AEC One-Stop Group. "It just speaks to how broad his fan base is, and we expect it to sell through for months to come."

But Eminem was not the only big seller to make Tony attempt to walk and chew gum simultaneously. Atlantic's matchbox twenty scored a monster #3 debut with sales north of 375K. Meanwhile, Virgin's A Perfect Circle bowed at #4. "The matchbox twenty numbers were spectacular," gurgled Bozeman. "The set-up was great, but the exposure from the Santana phenomenon certainly didn't hurt. Also, the massive Tool fan base brought out a huge buying crowd for A Perfect Circle."

Being a one-stop, Bazemore then touched Best Buy's Engler in an inappropriate manner before demanding a price-and-positioning fee for this story.

Next week, Kid Rock debuts.

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