Eminem's 'Recovery' Notches Three Weeks at No. 1 on Billboard 200

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Nigel Parry


Eminem's "Recovery" is the first album to notch three consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 since March, as it holds atop the tally with 229,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The last album to string three weeks in a row at No. 1 was Sade's "Soldier of Love" back in March.

With "Recovery's" third-week total, it's also the first album to sell at least 200,000 in each of its first three weeks since Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" in January and February.

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Drake's "Thank Me Later" spends a third week at No. 2, selling 74,000 (down 30%). The chart's top debut comes from OutKast's Big Boi with his debut solo album "Sir Lucious Left Foot ... The Son of Chico Dusty" starting at No. 3 with 62,000.

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Enrique Iglesias' "Euphoria" is the tally's second-highest new entry, bowing at No. 10 with 27,000. His last studio set, 2007's "Insomniac," debuted and peaked on the Billboard 200 at No. 17 with 45,000 sold in its first week. Iglesias' new album was preceded by the single "I Like It," featuring Pitbull, which last week became Iglesias' first top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in eight years. Previous to "Like," he last visited the top 20 with 2002's "Escape."

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As for the rest of the top 10's holdovers from last week, "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" soundtrack slips one spot to No. 4 (45,000; down 30%) while Justin Bieber's "My World 2.0" climbs one to No. 5 (43,000; up 4%). The "Now 34" compilation falls a rung to No. 6 (33,000; down 26%), Jack Johnson's "To The Sea" rises one to No. 7 (30,000; down 13%) and Lady Gaga's "The Fame" flies five positions to No. 8 (29,000; up 18%). The latter's gain is likely owed to buzz generated from her performance last week on NBC's "Today" show. Finally, Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" rises one slot to No. 9 (28,000; down 8%).

Outside the top 10 this week, Bret Michaels' third solo full-length studio album "Custom Built" becomes his highest charting solo effort on the Billboard 200, entering at No. 14 with 22,000. The beleaguered Poison frontman's only previous solo set to chart was 2008's "Rock My World" which hit No. 40. As for Poison, the rock group has notched 11 albums on the Billboard 200 in its career, stretching back to 1986 when "Look What the Cat Dragged In" debuted. Michaels' new set actually surpasses the peaks of Poison's last eight entries. You have to scroll back to 1990's No. 2 hit "Flesh and Blood" to find a higher-charting set.

The final new arrival in the top 20 is Kylie Minogue's "Aphrodite," starting at No. 19 with 18,000. That sales figure triples what her last studio album "X" started with when it debuted and peaked at No. 139 in 2008 with 6,000. "Aphrodite" is also the pop diva's second-highest charting album -- only 2002's "Fever" was bigger, as it bowed and peaked at No. 3. Its fortunes were bolstered by its lead single: the No. 7 Billboard Hot 100 hit "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" ... On the Billboard 200, she's also charted with "Body Language" (No. 42 in 2004) and "Kylie" (No. 53 in 1989).

Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending July 11) totaled 5.23 million units, down 5% compared to the sum last week (5.54 million) and down28% compared to the comparable sales week of 2009 (7.27 million). Year to date album sales stand at 159.2 million, down 12% compared to the same totalat this point last year (180.2 million).

Digital track sales this past week totaled 21.1 million downloads, down 2% compared to last week (21.5 million) and down 6% stacked next to the comparable week of 2009 (22.3 million). Year to date track sales are at 618.5 million, down less than 1% compared to the same total at this point last year (621.2 million).