Eminem Rolls A Seven On Billboard 200

Finalists for the Billboard Music Awards 2011
Nigel Parry


A s previously reported, Eminem spends a seventh week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "Recovery."

Where does such a reign stack up against other long-lasting leaders since the album chart converted to Nielsen SoundScan point-of-sale data in 1991? "Recovery" is one of 21 albums in that span to remain in the penthouse for seven or more weeks.

Here is a look at the sets to spend the most time atop the Billboard 200 dating to the chart's adoption of SoundScan data. Garth Brooks and Eminem are the only artists to grace the list with more than one title:

Weeks at No. 1, Title, Artist, Peak Year
20, "The Bodyguard" soundtrack, Whitney Houston, 1992
18, "Ropin' the Wind," Garth Brooks, 1991
17, "Some Gave All," Billy Ray Cyrus, 1992
16, "Titanic," soundtrack, 1998
12, "Supernatural," Santana, 1999
12, "Jagged Little Pill," Alanis Morissette, 1995
11, "Fearless," Taylor Swift," 2008
10, "Millenium," Backstreet Boys, 1999
10, "The Lion King," Elton John, 1994
9, "Confessions," Usher, 2004
9, "Tragic Kingdom," No Doubt, 1996
8, "Weathered," Creed, 2001
8, "1," the Beatles, 2000
8, "The Marshall Mathers LP," Eminem, 2000
8, "No Strings Attached," 'N Sync, 2000
8, "Cracked Rear View," Hootie & the Blowfish, 1995
8, "The Hits," Garth Brooks, 1995
8, "Music Box," Mariah Carey, 1993
7, "Recovery," Eminem, 2010
7, "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below," OutKast, 2003
7, "The Chase," Garth Brooks, 1992

In the entire 54-year history of the Billboard 200, the "West Side Story" soundtrack has totaled the most frames at No. 1, having spent 54 weeks in charge beginning the week of May 5, 1962.

With 37 weeks at No. 1 in 1983-84, Michael Jackson's "Thriller" is the chart's second-longest ruling album. Three sets follow with 31 weeks each at No. 1: Harry Belafonte's "Calypso" (1956), the "South Pacific" soundtrack (1958) and Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" (1977).

Of the 21 albums to top the Billboard 200 for at least seven weeks since 1991, Morissette's "Jagged Little Pill" is the top-seller, having shifted 14.7 million units in the U.S. since its release, according to SoundScan. (The sum is the third-best among all albums in the SoundScan era, following Metallica's eponymous 1991 album (15.6 million; four weeks at No. 1) and Shania Twain's "Come On Over" (15.5 million; two weeks at No. 2), released in 1997).

Eminem's "Recovery" has sold 2,229,000 copies since its June release.