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Eminem's "Recovery" rebounds to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 after two weeks of sitting by in the runner-up slot. It climbs back to the top with 133,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan (down 13%). It's the most weeks at No. 1 for an album since Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream" claimed six straight frames at the top in December and January.

"Recovery" also earns its eighth consecutive week of selling at least 100,000 copies -- its entire chart life. The last time a set sold 100,000 or more in each of its first eight frames was back in November and December of last year, when Andrea Bocelli's "My Christmas" managed the achievement. Previous to that, the last album with a greater initial start was the "Now 20" compilation, which began with nine consecutive weeks of 100,000 or more in November and December of 2005.

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The total sales of "Recovery" also drive past the two million threshold this week (2.1 million, according to Nielsen SoundScan) -- marking just the second album to do so this year. It's currently 2010's second-best seller behind Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" (2.5 million).

At this point last year, no albums had surpassed more than two million in sales -- though seven had shifted at least a million. This year, six have hit the million mark, with Usher's "Raymond v Raymond" the latest to cross the line. It sells another 15,000 this week, bring its to-date sum to just over one million.

Last week's No. 1 album, Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs," drops to No. 2 in its second week with 52,000 (down 66%). With its debut frame perhaps overly weighted with download sales generated from sale pricing via Amazon's MP3 store, its second-week decline isn't a shocker. (It's down 74% in download sales.)

Eminem also moves back to No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart, where his "Love the Way You Lie" (featuring Rihanna) moves up one spot with 254,000 (down 9%). It replaces last week's No. 1-debuting "Mine" from Taylor Swift, which started with 297,000. This week, "Mine" drops to No. 4 with 176,000 (down 41%).

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Back on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the tally's top debut comes from the soundtrack to Disney Channel's "Camp Rock 2: the Final Jam" as it starts at No. 3 with 41,000. Unlike the first "Camp Rock" album, which was released the same week as its TV movie's premiere back in 2008, the sequel set arrives before the second film's bow on Sept. 3. The first "Camp Rock" album began with 188,000 at No. 3. Like the previous set, the new one sports new music from the show's stars, the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato.

The chart's second-highest entry comes from Black Label Society, as the band fronted by Zakk Wylde earns its highest charting album with the No. 4 bow of "Order of the Black" (33,000). The act's previous best chart rank came in 2005 when "Mafia" started at No. 15 with the band's highest sales week: 42,000.

Blake Shelton's second EP release of the year, "All About Tonight," starts at No. 6 with 33,000. The six-song set opens on the tally the same week its title track rises to No. 1 on our Hot Country Songs chart, marking the singer's seventh topper on that list. The new EP follows his earlier six-song "Hillbilly Bone," which bowed at No. 3 in March with 71,000 and has sold 234,000 to date.

The final bow in the top 10 this week comes from Mike Posner with his debut effort "31 Minutes to Takeoff" as it flies in at No. 8 with 29,000. The set was led by the single "Cooler Than Me," which has been in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the past seven weeks.

As for the rest of the top 10 this week, Justin Bieber's "My World 2.0" climbs two spots to No. 5 (33,000; down 11%), Rick Ross' "Teflon Don" falls two rungs to No. 7 (30,000; down 25%), the "Kidz Bop 18" set rises two to No. 9 (28,000; up 4%) and Avenged Sevenfold's "Nightmare" slides seven positions to No. 10 (27,000; down 41%).

Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Aug. 15) totaled 4.95 million units, down 6% compared to the sum last week (5.26 million) and down 16% compared to the comparable sales week of 2009 (5.88 million). Year to date album sales stand at 185.1 million, down 12% compared to the same total at this point last year (211.1 million).

Digital track sales this past week totaled 20.17 million downloads, down 3% compared to last week (20.71 million) and down 3% stacked next to the comparable week of 2009 (20.74 million). Year to date track sales are at 722.1 million, down 1% compared to the same total at this point last year (726.7 million).

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