Emimem's 'Recovery' Remains at No. 1 on the Billboard 200

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Nigel Parry


There's no surprise this week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, 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 album has shifted 1.1 million copies in the U.S. 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.

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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 downloads (down 17%). The biggest gainer on the tally is Taio Cruz's "Dynamite," which shoots up 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 albums chart, 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 rose to a peak of No. 44 in May of 2009 and has sold 455,000 in the U.S.

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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 takes an expected jump up the list, 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 its third album "Night Work" (18,000). However, its sales start is slower than that of its last set, "Ta-Dah!," which entered at No. 19 with 42,000 back 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 5.54 million units, down 9% compared to the sum last week (6.07 million) and down 20% compared to the comparable sales week of 2009 (6.96 million). Year to date album sales stand at 154.0 million, down 11% compared to 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 to last week (21.7 million) and down 7% compared to the comparable week of 2009 (23.2 million). Year to date track sales are at 597.4 million, down less than 1% compared to the same total at this point last year (598.9 million).