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Eminem, Rick Ross & Beyonce Debut High on Billboard 200 Chart



The Billboard 200 chart saw three new top ten debuts this week: Eminem‘s Shady XV, Beyonce‘s Beyonce: More Only EP and Rick RossHood Billionaire.

According to the publication,  Em’s compilation album opened at #3 selling 148,000 units in its first week. Rozay’s latest effort secured the #7 position, moving 74,000 copies. Both totals exceeded early estimates. Shady XV is the second top 10 compilation from Shady Records;  Hood Billionaire is Ross’ seventh consecutive top 10 studio album.

Elsewhere, Beyonce: More Only — a digital-only release featuring just the new bonus material that appears on the deluxe “Platinum Box” reissue of her self-titled album — came in at #8, moving 71,000 units.

This week’s chart is the first installment of Billboard‘s newly revamped system, which now takes into account on-demand streaming and digital track sales, in addition to regular album sales.  How does it work?  Well, now, ten digital track sales from an album is equal to one album sale, while 1,500 song streams from an album equal one album sale.

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