Eminem holds at No. 1 for a fourth week on the Billboard 200 with "Recovery," marking the longest streak atop the list since Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream" wrapped a six-week run at No. 1 on the Jan. 16 chart . . . Korn claims its 10th top 10 album with "Korn III: Remember Who You Are" . . . Newsboys return with their first top 10 album and best sales week . . . Sting arrives in the top 10 as well with his classical crossover set "Symphonicities" . . . Closing out the six new entries in the top 10 are new sets from country singer Jerrod Niemann, rock super group HellYeah and M.I.A.


• Eminem's "Recovery" hangs in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a fourth consecutive week, selling 195,000 (down 15%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the first set to notch four straight frames at No. 1 since Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream" spent six consecutive weeks atop the tally, and the first by a solo male since Josh Groban's "Noel" did so for five weeks in December 2007.

• No doubt the continued success of "Recovery" is aided by its hit single "Love the Way You Lie" (featuring Rihanna), which holds at No. 1 on Digital Songs with 352,000 sold this week (up 12%).

• This week's highest debut on the Billboard 200—and first of six entries in the top 10—is Korn's "Korn III—Remember Who You Are." It starts at No. 2 with 63,000 and is the rock band's 10th top 10 album out of 12 entries. Only its 1995 self-titled debut and 2006's "Live & Rare" missed the region, peaking at Nos. 72 and 51, respectively. "Korn III" is the act's first effort on Roadrunner Records, after three albums with Virgin/Capitol. Its last album, 2007's "Untitled," debuted and peaked at No. 2 with 123,000 sold in its first week.

• Newsboys notch their best showing yet on the Billboard 200 as their "Born Again" bows at No. 4 with 45,000—the act's best sales week since SoundScan began tracking data in 1991. The set is the first from the quartet to feature dc Talk's Michael Tait as its lead vocalist, who steps in for Peter Furler. Newsboys have been charting on the Billboard 200 since 1996, when "Take Me to Your Leader" debuted and peaked at No. 35, but the act had never risen higher than No. 28 with "In the Hands of Good" in 2009. The new "Born Again" album also naturally debuts at No. 1 on Top Christian Albums—the act's fourth No. 1 there.

• Pop veteran Sting is no stranger to throwing the Billboard 200 curve balls in his career. His last album, 2009's No. 6 hit "If on a Winter's Night," was a seasonal effort featuring traditional music of the British Isles. And before that, in 2006, he reached No. 25—and No. 1 on our Classical chart—with "Songs From the Labyrinth." Now Sting brings us "Symphonicities," an album's worth of Sting and Police songs classically reinvented by noted composers and performed with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. The set debuts at No. 6 with 36,000 and marks Sting's 10th solo top 10 album.

• Country newcomer Jerrod Niemann climbs onto the Billboard 200 at No. 7 with "Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury," selling 34,000 in its opening week. He's currently riding high on our Hot Country Songs chart at No. 3 with "Lover, Lover"—his first top 10 hit. The album was sale-tagged for less than $7 at both Best Buy and Walmart, and carries a list price of just $9.99. On Top Country Albums the set enters at No. 1, pushing Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" aside after a 24-week run at the top.

• Rock super group Hellyeah's second album, "Stampede," charges in at No. 8 with 28,000. Its self-titled debut opened at No. 9 in 2007 with 45,000. The act consists of Chad Gray and Greg Tribbett (both of Mudvayne), Vinnie Paul (Pantera), Tom Maxwell (Knives Out! and Nothingface) and Bob Zilla (Damageplan).

• The final arrival in the top 10 this comes from M.I.A.'s "Maya," starting at No. 9 with 28,000. It easily surpasses the No. 18 debut and peak of her last set, 2007's "Kala," though it started with a shade more: 29,000.

• As for the rest of the top 10, Drake's "Thank Me Later" slips a spot to No. 3 (50,000; down 32%), Justin Bieber's "My World 2.0" holds at No. 5 (41,000; down 5%), and the soundtrack to "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" drops six rungs to No. 10 (28,000; down 37%).

• Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending July 18) totaled 5.21 million units, down less than 1% compared with the sum last week (5.23 million) and down 23% compared with the comparable sales week of 2009 (6.8 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 164.4 million, down 12% compared with the same total at this point last year (186.9 million).

• Digital track sales this past week totaled 20.9 million downloads, down less than 1% compared with last week (21.1 million) and down 1% stacked next to the comparable week of 2009 (21.2 million). Year-to-date track sales are at 639.5 million, down less than 1% compared with the same total at this point last year (642.5 million).


• Next week, it looks like Rick Ross' "Teflon Don" could be the Billboard 200's new No. 1 as industry prognosticators predict the set might sell somewhere around the 150,000 to 180,000. Ross' last three studio albums all debuted at No. 1 as well, with his last set, 2009's "Deeper Than Rap," arriving with 158,000. Eminem's "Recovery," which has been No. 1 for four weeks running, will likely slide to No. 2.

• Sheryl Crow's "100 Miles From Memphis" might be the second-biggest new entry, with perhaps 45,000 to 55,000. 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 new "Kidz Bop 18" collection may start with around 35,000 to 45,000, while the Jonas Brothers' soundtrack to their "Jonas L.A." Disney Channel series could also bow in the top 10 with maybe 30,000.


• Album units, current chart week: 5.21 million units
• Down less than 1% from last week's charts: 5.23 million units
• Down 23% from the comparable week in 2009: 6.8 million units
• This week: Only the No. 1 album sells more than 100,000 copies.
• This week last year on the albums charts: Daughtry was the week's top seller, as the band's "Leave This Town" bowed with 269,000 copies. Michael Jackson's "Number Ones" slid to the No. 2 spot with 192,000 (down 45%). Jackson still owned six out of the top 10 best-selling albums for a second week, with additional titles at Nos. 3, 4, 8, 9 and 10.


• Among the albums released this week, due on next week's charts: Sheryl Crow's "100 Miles From Memphis," the "Kidz Bop 18" set, Rick Ross' "Teflon Don," the "Jonas L.A." soundtrack, Brian Culbertson's "XII" and David Garrett's "Rock Symphonies."

• Next week's album chart competes with the same week in 2009 when: Michael Jackson's "Number Ones" returned to No. 1 with 154,000 (down 20%), marking its fourth nonconsecutive week as the country's best-selling set. Demi Lovato's "Here We Go Again" opened as the second-biggest, with 108,000.