Eminen tops Billboard 200

Nov. 17, 2004 at 2:07 PM

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Eminem's "Encore" tops The Billboard 200, even though it was legitimately available for just three days during the sales week, Billboard said Wednesday.

Released Friday to head off piracy, "Encore" sold 711,000 copies in the United States through Sunday, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Albums typically hit retail stores on Tuesday.

Following her appearance in the Nov. 9 broadcast of the Country Music Association Awards, Shania Twain hit the chart at No. 2 on sales of 530,000 copies of her first "Greatest Hits" album.

Toby Keith, who also performed on the CMA show, took No. 3 on sales of 435,000 "Greatest Hits 2" sets, while Britney Spears' "Greatest Hits: My Prerogative," her first album not to open at No. 1 on the 200, is No. 4. Rounding out the top five is last week's chart-topping 17th installment of "NOW That's What I Call Music!"

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