Eminem makes it five weeks in a row at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as "Recovery" sells another 187,000 (down just 4%), according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Rick Ross' "Teflon Don" arrives in the runner-up spot with 176,000. Ross' last three studio albums all debuted at No. 1, with his last set, 2009's "Deeper Than Rap," arriving with 158,000. The opener for "Teflon" is Ross' best sales week since 2008's "Trilla" arrived with 198,000.
A week ago industry observers had initially projected that Ross had a good shot at a No. 1 debut. However, "Recovery" held on strong with a small weekly sales decline. Chalk that up in part to its sale pricing at Target and Best Buy and the continued popularity of its single "Love the Way You Lie." It reigns atop the Digital Songs chart for a fifth straight week (332,000 downloads; down 6%).
The Billboard 200's second-highest debut is Sheryl Crow's "100 Miles From Memphis," which starts at No. 3 with 55,000. It's the singer's eighth top 10 album. All of her releases -- save for one live set from 1999 -- have reached the top 10. The singer/songwriter's last effort, "Detours," debuted and peaked at No. 2 with 92,000 in 2008. It was her fourth set to peak at No. 2; she has yet to claim a No. 1 album.
The "Kidz Bop Kids" series continues its profitable run on the Billboard 200 as "Kidz Bop 18" bounces in at No. 5 with 43,000. It's the 26th permutation of the "Kidz Bop" franchise to chart on the Billboard 200, including brand offshoots like "Kidz Bop Christmas" and "Kidz Bop Sings the Beatles." The new set is the 11th "Kidz Bop" title to reach the top 10.
The Jonas Brothers' soundtrack to their Disney Channel TV series "Jonas L.A." surfs in at No. 7 with 32,000. The album is the eighth charting set for the brother trio. The act has so far released four studio sets, its "3D Concert Experience" soundtrack, two live EPs and the new "Jonas L.A." offering.
As for the rest of the top 10, Drake's "Thank Me Later" falls one spot to No. 4 (47,000; down 6%), Justin Bieber's "My World 2.0" also drops one to No. 6 (39,000; down 5%), the "Now 34" compilation climbs four rungs to No. 8 (27,000; down less than 1%), Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" rises two slots to No. 9 (25,000; down 8%), and Lady Gaga's "The Fame" hops forward three positions to No. 10 (24,000; down 9%).
Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending July 25) totaled 5.3 million units, up 2% compared with the sum last week (5.2 million) and down 15% compared with the comparable sales week of 2009 (6.3 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 169.7 million, down 12% compared with the same total at this point last year (193.2 million).
Digital track sales this past week totaled 21 million downloads, up less than 1% compared with last week (20.9 million) and down 1% stacked next to the comparable week of 2009 (21.4 million). Year-to-date track sales are at 660.1 million, down 1% compared with the same total at this point last year (663.9 million).