Eminem makes it five weeks in a row at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as "Recovery" sells another 187,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan . . . Rick Ross' "Teflon Don" drives in at No. 2 with 176,000—the rapper's fourth set to start in the top two rungs. His previous three studio sets all bowed at No. 1 . . . The Billboard 200 also welcomes top 10 debuts from Sheryl Crow, the latest "Kidz Bop Kids" album and the Jonas Brothers' soundtrack to their Disney Channel TV show "Jonas L.A."

FLASH POINTS

• 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%).

• Next week, we expect the highest debut will be Avenged Sevenfold's "Nightmare," which is looking like it might arrive at No. 2. The rock band's last studio effort—its 2007 self-titled set—debuted and peaked at No. 4 with 94,000.

• 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).




MARKET WATCH

• Album units, current chart week: 5.3 million units
• Up less than 1% from last week's charts: 5.2 million units
• Down 15% from the comparable week in 2009: 6.3 million units
• This week: The top two albums each sell more than 100,000 copies.
• This week last year on the albums charts: Michael Jackson's "Number Ones" was the best-selling album in the United States as it moved 154,000 (down 20%), marking its fourth nonconsecutive week as the country's top-selling album. Demi Lovato's "Here We Go Again" opened as the second-biggest, with 108,000.



A LOOK AHEAD

• Among the albums released this week, due on next week's charts: Avenged Sevenfold's "Nightmare," the soundtrack to "Step Up 3D," Tom Jones' "Praise and Blame," Dru Hill's "Indrupendence Day" and Ringo Starr's "Live at the Greek Theatre 2008."

• Next week's album charts competes with the same week in 2009 when: Michael Jackson's "Number Ones" was still the country's best-selling album with 114,000 sold (down 26%). Fabolous' "Loso's Way" was the second-biggest album in the land, with a debut frame of 99,000 at No. 2.