Eminem and Dr. Dre Albums Chart in Top 10 of Billboard 200 Following Super Bowl Halftime Performance
Slim Shady and Dr. Dre both returned to the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart in the week following their massive Super Bowl halftime performance.
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Shady’s back, and so is Dre.
Eminem and Dr. Dre have returned to the top 10 of the Billboard 200 this week following their massive Super Bowl halftime performance earlier this month. While Disney’s Encanto soundtrack still sits at No. 1, Eminem’s 2005 compilation album Curtain Call: The Hits has reentered the top of the albums chart at No. 8, marking a jump from No. 126.
Similarly, Dr. Dre’s 2001 launched from No. 108 to No. 9 on this week’s chart.
Curtain Call moved 31,000 album-equivalent units this past week and saw an impressive 256 percent jump in sales, while 2001 sparked a 220 percent increase in sales and landed 30,500 album-equivalent units, per Billboard.
Hits Daily Double also reports that Super Bowl performer Kendrick Lamar saw good kid, m.A.A.d city fly from No. 36 to No. 21 on the chart, while Mary J. Blige’s Feb. 11 album Good Morning Gorgeous debuted at No. 14. Additionally, the late 2Pac‘s Greatest Hits found itself at No. 24 on the charts thanks to the halftime performance of “California Love.”
Following the Super Bowl, Dr. Dre caught up with TMZ and explained there were a few “minor” adjustments to the show as the NFL intervened. Specifically, “Em taking the knee…was Em doing that on his own,” Dre shared, and was not planned. Dre also explained how lyrics from Lamar’s “m.A.A.d city” had to be removed from the show—specifically, the opening line “if Pirus and Crips all got along.”
“They had a problem with that, so we had to take that out. No big deal, we get it. But, all in all, everybody came in, we were professional, everybody was on time,” Dre said. “Everybody felt the magnitude of what this thing was, and what we were going to be able to accomplish. It was a fantastic experience.”