Eminem's Huge 'Recovery' Leads Big Week On Billboard 200

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Eminem performs onstage during the 2010 BET Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on June 27, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.

A s reported earlier today, Eminem's "Recovery" debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with a massive 741,000 copies sold in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the biggest sales week for a single album since October 2008, when AC/DC's "Black Ice" debuted with 784,000 in its first week.



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"Recovery" is the hip-hop king's sixth straight No. 1 debut -- and sixth overall chart-topper. His only set to miss the top spot was his "Slim Shady LP" debut, which bowed and peaked at No. 2 in 1999. Among hip-hop acts with the most No. 1 albums, only Jay-Z has earned more, with 11.

"Recovery's" debut week sales surpasses the first week of Eminem's last set, "Relapse," which began at No. 1 in 2009 with 608,000. It also beats the opening of 2005's "Curtain Call: The Hits" which entered at No. 1 with 441,000 in 2005.

Eminem's new album also wows digitally, as downloads made up 255,000 of its first week. That's the second-biggest digital week for an album in history. Only Coldplay's "Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends" notched a larger frame, when it debuted with 288,000 downloads in the summer of 2008.

Eminem also naturally makes big news on the Digital Songs chart with his "Recovery" collaboration with Rihanna titled "Love the Way You Lie." It debuts at No. 1 with 338,000 downloads sold. It's the sixth time Em has topped the Digital Songs chart and the second time he's done it this year, following "Not Afraid's" entry atop the list back in May with 379,000.

Last week's Billboard 200 albums chart No. 1, Drake's "Thank Me Later," falls to No. 2 with 157,000 (down 65%). The chart's second-highest debut comes from Miley Cyrus' "Can't Be Tamed," which enters at No. 3 with 102,000. Cyrus' last proper full-length studio album was 2008's "Breakout," which started at No. 1 with 371,000. Since then, she's charted with three different "Hannah Montana" releases and the "Time Of Our Lives" EP.

Ozzy Osbourne's "Scream" bows at No. 4 with 81,000, giving the rock legend his lucky seventh top 10 album. His last release, "Black Rain," entered at No. 3 in 2007 with 152,000. This week's final top 10 debut comes from the Roots' "How I Got Over," starting at No. 6 with 51,000. It's the hip-hop group's fifth top 10 effort and it follows 2008's "Rising Down," which started at No. 6 with 54,000.

As for the rest of the top 10 this week, the "Now 34" compilation drops one slot to No. 5 (55,000; down 38%) and Jack Johnson's "To The Sea" slips two rungs to No. 7 (44,000; down 36%). Justin Bieber's "My World 2.0" slips one position to No. 8 (43,000; down 9%), Sarah McLachlan's "Laws of Illusion" descends from No. 3 to No. 9 with 38,000 (down 59%) and the "Twilight: Eclipse" soundtrack falls four to No. 10 (38,000; down 30%).

This week last year on the album charts, in the wake of Michael Jackson's death, the King of Pop ruled with the top three selling albums in the U.S. as "Number Ones," "The Essential Michael Jackson" and "Thriller" ranked at Nos. 1-3 with 108,000; 102,000 and 101,000; respectively. This week, as the public commemorated the first anniversary of his death on June 25, a number of Jackson's albums see gains on the Billboard 200. His "Number Ones" set rises from No. 100 to No. 42 (10,000; up 86%) while "Essential" climbs from No. 157 to No. 53 (8,000; up 116%), "Thriller" re-enters at No. 79 (6,000; up 71%) as does "This Is It" at No. 96 (5,000; up 64%).

Also, Nielsen BDS reports that last week, between June 25 and June 28, Jackson's songs (solo, or with the Jackson 5 or the Jacksons) earned 25,703 detections all monitored U.S. terrestrial radio stations. Comparatively, last year between June 25 and June 28, his songs were played 64,237 times.

Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending June 27) totaled 6.06 million units, down 1% compared to the sum last week (6.13 million) and down 3% compared to the comparable sales week of 2009 (6.22 million). Year to date album sales stand at 148.4 million, down 11% compared to the same total at this point last year (165.9 million).

Digital track sales this past week totaled 21.6 million downloads, up 1% compared to last week (21.4 million) and down 8% compared to the comparable week of 2009 (23.4 million). Year to date track sales are at 575.9 million, up less than 1% compared to the same total at this point last year (575.7 million).