-- Eminem: The artist simply refuses to move out of the penthouse on the Billboard 200 as his "Recovery" spends a third week atop the list, shifting 229,000 (down 27%) according to Nielsen SoundScan. Big Boi's solo debut "Sir Lucious Left Foot" was the tally's highest new entry at No. 3, while Enrique Iglesias' "Euphoria" entered at No. 10. Let's tip-toe down the tally to take a look at some interesting movers and shakers outside the top 10.

-- Daughtry: The band's "Leave This Town" climbs 42 rungs to No. 66 thanks in part to its sale pricing of $7.99 at Best Buy last week. The act also benefits from the release of "Leave This Town: The B-Sides," which starts at No. 70 with 6,000.

-- La Roux: As the act's hit single "Bulletproof" reaches 1.3 million in song downloads, its self-titled album at No. 92 crosses the 100,000 sales mark.

-- "NOW That's What I Call The USA:" After this patriotic set sparked up the chart last week thanks to Independence Day-inspired purchases, it naturally falls in the week post-holiday. It tumbles from No. 43 to No. 113 with 4,000 (down 60%).

-- "Hannah Montana": Disney Channel's promotion of the July 11 premiere of the fourth season of "Hannah Montana" leads to a 35% jump for its theatrical film's soundtrack at No. 121. "Hannah's" first three TV soundtracks are all up (but not on the chart), with the second and third volumes gaining by more than 40% each.

-- Michael Jackson: With the first anniversary of the King of Pop's death in the rearview mirror, interest in his album catalog begins to return to normal as "Thriller" takes the chart's third-largest positional drop, falling 77 spots to No. 131 (4,000; down 51%).

-- Pink Floyd: The band's iconic "Dark Side of the Moon" album is part of iTunes' latest promotion highlighting classic rock sets for $7.99. It's up by 38% in overall sales and 108% in downloads, re-entering at No. 138. Other sale-priced titles include Journey's "Greatest Hits" (No. 46; up 45%), Creedence Clearwater Revivial's "Chronicle" (No. 67; up 27%), Jimmy Buffett's "Songs You Know By Heart" (No. 143; up 18%), the Beach Boys' "The Very Best Of" (No. 158; up 27%) and the Steve Miller Band's "Greatest Hits 1974-78" (No. 189; up 97%).

The Billboard Hot 100:

-- Katy Perry/Eminem: Her "California Gurls," featuring Snoop Dogg, holds at
No. 1 for a sixth week, however a second straight frame as the chart's Airplay Gainer has put "Love The Way You Like" by Eminem featuring Rihanna, which remains at No. 2, in line to take over the top slot next week.

-- Enrique Iglesias: He makes his first foray into the top 10 in nearly nine years as "I Like It," featuring Pitbull, leaps 18-8. Aided by awareness attached to the release of his album "Euphoria," "I Like It" shifts 171,000 downloads according to Nielsen SoundScan, more than double last week's sum of 85,000, to earn the Digital Gainer award. The track is Iglesias's fourth Hot 100 top 10 and first "Hero" rode the emotional aftermath of 9/11 to reach No. 3 in November 2001.

-- Shakira: The official song of the World Cup returns to the top 40 as digital sales spike (46,000, up 8%) following her performance of the track on ABC before the June 11 Netherlands vs. Spain final.

-- Maroon 5: Band returns to the No. 44 rank achieved in its debut frame two weeks ago after dipping to No. 54 on the last tally when a not-unusual second-week digital sales decline took hold. With radio play building nicely (75-64 on Hot 100 Airplay, up 25%), download sales follow suit (42-33 on Digital Songs, up 13%).

-- Not such a Hot Shot: With a dearth or hit digital single or radio releases this past week, only four titles debut on the Hot 100 and none higher than No. 92 where we find first-time entrants The Band Perry with its top 30 Country Songs hit "If I Die Happy" (No. 27). The last time the Hot 100 had such a low-ranking Hot Shot Debut was when "Break Your Heart" by the Spectacular! Cast entered at No. 95 in the March 7, 2009, issue.

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