He called himself a rap god -- and he wasn't kidding.
The No. 1 debut also marks Eminem's seventh straight chart-topper, as Billboard's Keith Caulfield noted in a detailed post. It also marks a first-week sales increase over the rapper's previous two albums, 2010's "Recovery" and 2009's "Relapse"; such a boost is a rarity in today's shrinking record industry.
More typical is Celine Dion's start at No. 2 this week with "Loved Me Back to Life," which sold 77,000 copies -- far fewer than the 214,000 she scored (for a No. 3 debut) with "Taking Chances" in 2007.