Eminem's "Recovery" slips back to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 132,000, marking its sixth nonconsecutive week at the top. It's the most weeks at No. 1 for an album since Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream" claimed six straight weeks at the top in December and January . . . Last week's No. 1, Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs," drops to No. 2 with 52,000 (down 66%) . . . Four albums debut in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 this week, led by the soundtrack to Disney Channel's "Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam" and followed by new efforts from Black Label Society, Blake Shelton and Mike Posner.


FLASH POINTS

• Eminem's "Recovery" rebounds to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 after two weeks of standing 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 in November and December of last year, when Andrea Bocelli's "My Christmas" managed the achievement. Prior 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 2005.

• Total sales for "Recovery" also surpass the 2 million threshold this week (2.1 million), 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 album had exceeded 2 million in sales, though seven had shifted at least 1 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, bringing its current sum to slightly more than 1 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 returns 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%).

• Back on the Billboard 200, the tally's top debut is the soundtrack to Disney Channel's "Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam": 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 is 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 is Mike Posner's debut effort, "31 Minutes to Takeoff"—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 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%).

• Next week on the Billboard 200 look for Eminem to probably stand steady for a seventh week at No. 1 with "Recovery," as none of this week's new releases are projected to knock him off his perch.

• If "Recovery" makes it a seventh week at No. 1, it'll mark the first album to do so since Taylor Swift's "Fearless" strung together 11 nonconsecutive weeks in the penthouse in late 2007 and early 2008.

• The biggest new entry next week could be R&B singer Kem's third effort, "Intimacy," which may sell 75,000 to 85,000 by week's end on Sunday, Aug. 22, according to industry gurus. His last album, 2006's "Kem II," started at No. 5 with 140,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

• Other albums on the hunt for a possible top 10 debut include Ray LaMontagne's "God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise," Iron Maiden's "The Final Frontier," Trace Adkins' "Cowboy's Back in Town," John Mellencamp's "No Better Than This" and David Gray's "Foundling." Both LaMontagne and Iron Maiden could shift perhaps around 50,000, according to prognosticators, while Adkins is aiming for a figure near 45,000.

• Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Aug. 15) totaled 5 million units, down 6% compared with the sum last week (5.3 million) and down 16% compared with the comparable sales week of 2009 (5.9 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 185.1 million, down 12% compared with the same total at this point last year (211.1 million).

• Digital track sales this past week totaled 20.2 million downloads, down 3% compared with last week (20.7 million) and down 3% stacked next to the comparable week of 2009 (20.7 million). Year-to-date track sales are at 722.1 million, down 1% compared with the same total at this point last year (726.7 million).




MARKET WATCH

• Album units, current chart week: 5 million units
• Down 6% from last week's charts: 5.3 million units
• Down 16% from the comparable week in 2009: 5.9 million units
• This week: Only the No. 1 album sells more than 100,000 copies.
• This week last year on the albums charts: George Strait secured his fifth No. 1 with "Twang" arriving in the top slot, selling 155,000. The country king bumped Michael Jackson's "Number Ones" from the penthouse, as it slipped to No. 2 with 80,000.



A LOOK AHEAD

• Among the albums released this week, due on next week's charts: Kem's "Intimacy," Ray LaMontagne's "God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise," Iron Maiden's "The Final Frontier," Trace Adkins' "Cowboy's Back in Town," John Mellencamp's "No Better Than This," David Gray's "Foundling" and Brian Wilson's "Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin."

• Next week's album charts competes with the same week in 2009 when: Reba McEntire's "Keep On Loving You" debuted as the country's best seller, shifting 96,000. The previous week's topper, George Strait's "Twang," fell to No. 3 with 61,000 (down 61%).

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