Eminem's "Recovery" stands tall for a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, shifting 313,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan, in its sophomore frame. In two weeks' time, it's racked up 1.1 million in sales . . . The-Dream and 3OH!3 arrive in the top 10 with their latest albums, while Scissor Sisters start in the top 20 . . . Eminem also holds steady at No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart with "Love the Way You Lie."



FLASH POINTS

• There's no surprise this week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as Eminem's "Recovery" holds atop the tally for a second week, selling 313,000 (down 58%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. In two weeks' time, the set has shifted 1.1 million copies in the United States. It's the first release to sell in excess of 300,000 for multiple weeks since Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream" racked up five 300,000-plus weeks last December.

• On the Digital Songs chart, Em's "Love the Way You Lie" (featuring Rihanna) also stands still at No. 1 for a second week with (280,000; down 17%). The biggest gainer on the tally is Taio Cruz's "Dynamite," which jumps seven slots to No. 3 with 189,000 (up 69%). The highest new entry on the Songs chart belongs to Kanye West's "Power" at No. 14 with 80,000.

• Back on the Billboard 200, the top debuts come from the-Dream and 3OH!3, respectively. The former enters with his third album, "Love King," at No. 4 with 58,000. His last set, 2009's "Love Vs. Money," debuted and peaked at No. 2 with 151,000 in its first week. 3OH!3's sophomore album, "Streets of Gold," glitters at No. 7 with 41,000 in its premiere frame. The duo's first set, "Want," eventually peaked at No. 44 in May 2009 and has sold 455,000 in the United States.

• Drake's "Thank Me Later" remains in the runner-up slot on the Billboard 200 for a second week, selling 105,000 (down 33%). The "Twilight Saga: Eclipse" soundtrack makes an expected jump, vaulting from No. 10 to No. 3 with 65,000 (up 69%) following the film's U.S. release in theaters last Thursday (July 1). The "Now 34" compilation holds at No. 5 (45,000; down 18%), and Justin Bieber's "My World 2.0" climbs two spots to No. 6 (41,000; down 4%). Jack Johnson's "To the Sea" drifts down one rung to No. 8 (35,000; down 21%), Miley Cyrus' "Can't Be Tamed" trips down six to No. 9 (32,000; down 68%), and Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" is up two slots to No. 10 (30,000; down 7%).

• With the top 10 a bit quiet, we turn our attention to the spaces between Nos. 11 and 20 for the chart's next two highest debuts. Scissor Sisters sharpen up at a career-high No. 18 with the debut of their third album, "Night Work" (18,000). However, its sales start is slower than that of the act's last set, "Ta-Dah!," which entered at No. 19 with 42,000 in 2006. Coming in two steps behind the Sisters is the score to "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," bowing at No. 20 with 17,000.

• Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending July 4) totaled 5.5 million units, down 9% compared with the sum last week (6.1 million) and down 20% compared with the comparable sales week of 2009 (7 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 154 million, down 11% compared with the same total at this point last year (172.9 million).

• Digital track sales this past week totaled 21.5 million downloads, down less than 1% compared with last week (21.7 million) and down 7% compared with the comparable week of 2009 (23.2 million). Year-to-date track sales are at 597.4 million, down less than 1% compared with the same total at this point last year (598.9 million).





MARKET WATCH

• Album units, current chart week: 5.5 million units
• Down 9% from last week's charts: 6.1 million units
• Down 20% from the comparable week in 2009: 7 million units
• This week: Only the top two albums sell more than 100,000 copies.
• This week last year on the albums charts: The late Michael Jackson owned both the No. 1- and 2-selling albums in the United States with "Number Ones" (339,000; up 215%) and "Thriller" (187,000; up 86%). His "Essential Michael Jackson" also posted an increase, shifting 125,000 (up 23%), landing at No. 5.


A LOOK AHEAD

• Among the albums released this week, due on next week's charts: Big Boi's "Sir Lucious Left Foot . . . The Son of Chico Dusty," Enrique Iglesias' "Euphoria," Kylie Minogue's "Aphrodite," Kelis' "Flesh Tone," Bret Michaels' "Custom Built," Ed Kowalczyk's "Alive" and Trailer Choir's "Tailgate."

• Next week's album charts compete with the same week in 2009 when: Michael Jackson's "Number Ones" remained the top-selling set in the United States with 349,000 (up 3%) while Maxwell's "BLACKsummers'night" bowed as the second-biggest of the week with 316,000. Jackson claimed a full six out of the top 10 sellers that week, notching "Thriller" (No. 3; 264,000), "The Essential Michael Jackson" (No. 4; 148,000), "Off the Wall" (No. 6; 107,000), "Bad" (No. 8; 97,000) and "Dangerous" (No. 9; 67,000) along with "Number Ones."

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