For fans of Eminem and Dr. Dre, the Tremendous Bowl resulted in super nostalgia, as catalog albums by both hip-hop heavyweights ranked among the newcomers in the top 10 on the Billboard 200 album list, reflecting the unusually high level of enthusiasm for this year’s halftime show.
“Encanto” remained king, with the soundtrack CD for the animated Disney picture debuting at No. 1 for the sixth time in the last seven weeks. The companion album sold 98,000 album-equivalent copies in one week, a drop of 11% from the previous week, but still more than double the number sold by Gunna, the closest competitor.
With 31,000 album-equivalent sales, Eminem’s “Curtain Call” jumped from No. 126 to No. 8. Dr. Dre’s “Dr. Dre 2001” performed nearly as well, with 30,500 sales propelling it to No. 9 from No. 108. That hits collection includes Eminem’s hallmark song, “Lose Yourself,” which he played on the Super Bowl, while Dre’s album has numerous tracks that were revived in Miami, including “Forgot About Dre” and “Still D.R.E.”
Because Billboard hasn’t yet released data for the top 200 albums, only the top 10, it’s unclear how much the other Super Bowl artists, like Snoop Dogg and Mary J. Blige, have risen.
There were no albums that debuted in the top ten. The No. 2 album for the week was Gunna’s “DS4Ever,” which sold 46,000 units, a little decrease from the previous week. Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous” climbed a position to No. 3 when the country singer launched his tour at Madison Square Garden. Drake’s classic “Certified Lover Boy” climbed back to No. 4.
After having two albums in the top 10 for several weeks, the Weeknd now only has one — and it’s not his January release, but his best-of collection, “The Highlights,” which jumped three spaces to No. 5. Doja Cat (No. 6), Adele (No. 7) and Olivia Rodrigo round out the top ten (No. 10).