Eminem unsurprisingly debuts at the penthouse with The Marshall Mathers LP 2. And yes, the numbers are gargantuan.  While Eminem was unable to beat the 968,000 copies that Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience, he did sell 792,000 copies.  The former second-largest debut of 2013 was Drake’s Nothing Was The Same (658,000 copies), which now settles for third-largest debut.  Eminem is the biggest news, but not the sole news on the Albums chart this week.

Celine Dion’s Loved Me Back To Life debuts at no. 2, selling 77,000 copies.  Those numbers are  nothing to ‘write home about’.  Sure, they aren’t ‘vintage’ Dion numbers, but more troubling again is that only one album sold more than 100,000 copies.  Avril Lavigne also had an unimpressive week as Avril Lavigne sold a tepid 44,000 copies.  As troubling? 44,000 copies was good enough for a no. 5 debut.  Oh, and some a cappella group named Pentatonix closes out the top 10 with PTX: Vol. II.  Go figure.

Holdovers:  The Robersons’ Duck the Halls: A Roberson Family Christmas (no. 3); Katy Perry’s Prism (no. 4); Kelly Clarkson’s Wrapped in Red (no. 6), Drake’s Nothing Was The Same (no. 7), and Lorde’s Pure Heroine (no. 8).  Speaking of Lorde, since you asked, a certain song entitled “Royals” is still no. 1.

Who’s Got Next? Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP  should be a lock.  However, according to Billboard prognostications, ARTPOP is only expected to move about 260,000 copies.  How far off is that from Born This Way, oh A LOT! Born This Way sold 1.1 million… Otherwise, well, it seems to be a so-so week as far as releases.