'8 Mile' track moves past Twain's 'Up!'

Times Staff Writer

On the nation's album chart, Shania Twain's "Up!" has finally come down (but not far) and the soundtrack for "8 Mile" is back at No. 1, which means the Year of Eminem is stretching into 2003.

After a five-week run as the top-selling album, Twain's newest collection slides to No. 2 with sales of 263,000 for the week that ended Sunday. It has sold 2.9 million copies to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The soundtrack to "8 Mile," the semi-biographical film starring Eminem, reclaims the top spot with 313,000 copies and has sold a total of 3.5 million since its release in October. The disc features Eminem as well as Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Xzibit and others.

Retailers say rap albums often surge after Christmas as teenagers cash in gift certificates. Many also exchange tamer CDs purchased for them by family members.

No new albums debuted near the top of the charts this week.

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