‘Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the stores, more people chose Tupac than left with Encore.
Tupac Shakur’s latest posthumous album, Loyal to the Game, also sold better than Now That’s What I Call Music! 17 to bow at #1 on next week’s Billboard albums chart. But it was hardly a landslide victory for the late street poet. Loyal to the Game, which moved more than 330,000 copies, according to SoundScan, topped the seven-week-old Now compilation by just 7,000 copies. Featuring contributions from Terror Squad, JoJo and Jessica Simpson, Now 17 will come in at #2.
Loyal to the Game is the seventh Tupac album to drop after he died in September 1996, and his third since to debut at #1. In all, his posthumous albums have sold more than 10.8 million copies, 5 million more than the four albums he released from 1991 until his death.
Eminem can’t be disappointed by next week’s chart. For starters, he produced Tupac’s album, and his own Encore will move up two spots to #4. Its weekly total of 315,000 copies is also a 15 percent improvement over last week’s sum.