"Recovery" thus matches the performance of Eminem's last album "Relapse," which spent its first two weeks at No.1 in late May and early June last year. The single "Love The Way You Lie," featuring Rihanna, climbed 7-6 on the new July 4 Official Charts Company listing, while the album outdid the Scissor Sisters' "Night Work" (Polydor/Universal), which debuted at No. 2 as its single "Fire With Fire" slipped 11-12 in its second week.
Two former No. 1 albums, Alicia Keys' "The Element of Freedom" (J/Sony Music Entertainment) and Plan B's "The Defamation of Strickland Banks" (679/Atlantic/Warner Music), climbed back 6-3 and 7-4 respectively. Mumford and Sons' "Sigh No More" (Universal Island) improved 10-8 and David Guetta's "One Love" (Positiva/Virgin/EMI) 13-10.
There were notable sales spurts for performers at the previous weekend's Glastonbury Festival. Friday (June 25) headliners Gorillaz climbed 24-12 with "Plastic Beach" (Parlophone/EMI) and Saturday's bill-toppers Muse raced 62-13 with "The Resistance" (Helium 3/Warner Music). Stevie Wonder, who headlined at Hard Rock Calling in London's Hyde Park and then Glastonbury the next night, saw his "The Definitive Collection" (Motown/Universal Island) improve 57-16.
Perry's "California Gurls" withstood the challenge of "Airplanes" (Rebel Rock/Atlantic/Warner Music) by B.O.B. featuring Hayley Williams, which rose 12-2. Kylie Minogue's "All The Lovers" (Parlophone/EMI), which fell 4-6 last week, bounced back 6-3 after her appearance on BBC1's "Friday Night with Jonathan Ross" June 25.
Enrique Iglesias' "I Like It" (Interscope/Universal), the lead single from his new "Euphoria" album released today (July 5), debuted at No. 4, while labelmate Lady Gaga's "Alejandro" moved 8-7 and "Commander" by Kelly Rowland featuring David Guetta 13-9.
Eminem's "Recovery" debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's European Albums chart, while K'naan's "Wavin' Flag" (A&M/Universal) is in a second week atop European Hot 100 Singles.