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Eminem returns to top of US chart
Eminem's album Encore was released early to combat piracy
Rap star Eminem has returned to the top of the US album chart a month after Encore first took the number one spot.

His album, which was number one on both sides of the Atlantic in November, sold 430,000 copies to make it the best-selling album in the US over Christmas.

Sales of the top 50 albums on the Billboard chart increased by 10% in the week leading up to Christmas, with Encore's sales alone up 36%.

Overall US album sales were up 17.5%, a 4.4% increase on the same week in 2003.

Encore took over the top spot from 2Pac's posthumous Loyal to the Game, which slid to number 13 with sales of 219,000 copies.

The latest instalment of the compilation album Now That's What I Call Music held on to second place in the US album chart, with sales of 356,000.

Just behind, at number three, was U2's latest album How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, which topped the chart in the first week of December.

The top five was completed by Destiny's Child, whose album Destiny Fulfilled jumped two places to number four, and Shania Twain's Greatest Hits at five.

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