Eminem doesn't budge from Billboard 200's No. 1 spot

eminemEminem‘s Recovery remains at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart for a fourth straight week, selling 195,000 copies. He’s the first to own the spot for four straight frames since Susan Boyle’s I Dreamed a Dream spent six consecutive weeks on top last year. This week’s highest debut is Korn’s Korn III – Remember Who You Are at No. 2, selling 63,000 copies. Drake‘s Thank Me Later moves back a spot to No. 3 with 50,000 copies sold.

Newsboys’ Born Again album comes in at No. 4 with 45,000 records sold. Selling 41,000 copies of his My World 2.0, Justin Bieber’s  stays at No. 5. Sting’s reworked classics album, Symphonicities, debuts at No. 6 with 36,000 records sold. This marks Sting’s tenth solo top 10 album. Country’s new man Jerrod Niemann enters the Billboard 200 at No. 7 with Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury, selling 34,000 in its first week.

Rock group Hellyeah’s second album Stampede stomps to No. 8 with 28,000 records sold. M.I.A.’s Maya debuts with 28,000 albums moved at No. 9. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack plummets six spots to No. 10 with 28,000 records sold, rounding out the top 1o.

Next week Rick Ross’ Teflon Don makes it’s chart debut. Do you think he’ll knock Eminem off the No. 1 spot? Let us know.

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  • Michael

    That’s because Recovery is AMAZING! The best thing he’s put out in years, and wipes clean the memory of that horrible album… Relapse.

    • movieman

      Eminem is the MAN! ‘Recovery’ is an amazing album also. Screw the critics, Em is back.

    • Rosalie

      Although I don’t listen uch to rap, I do LOVE Eminem. I think he is very talented. His “hate” songs don’t bother me one bit at all. I find him very entertaining to be quite honest. And yes, rap is music. If you don’t believe me go listen to Johny Cash’s song titled “a man named sue”. Anyhow, Eminem is great and he is one of the few artists who will get me to go to the store just to purchase his CD.

  • Chris Catania

    Though he’s still Marshall Mathers, you can’t really compare the New Eminem to the Old Eminem and in ways that critics are doing and knocking the new album. His previous message was getting old and he needed to turn a corner. For those “critics” who say he’s lost his edge, I say take a deeper listen and you’ll hear that he’s rapping without the drugs and with a clear mind and it’s refreshing to see him do it and still keep his edge. Haters are stuck in the past and unfortunately don’t see that he’s representing and speaking to an audience that is dying to listen.

  • Mark

    It is so depressing to think that the world of music has degenerated into the rantings and ravings of a hate monger. This must explain why I refuse to listen to the radio.

    • XanderLJ

      More like the rantings and ravings of a modern poet & genius lyricist. A man who puts more heart, soul & honesty in his music than 90% of ALL current music (not just hip-hop). Hate monger??? Want a time machine so you can come back from 2000??? MORON WHO HASN’T EVEN HEARD THE ALBUM!

  • DGray

    Why is his stuff considered music?

    • Spdmonk

      Music? I thought it was books on tape.

      • Jonathan

        Agreed; I think rap should be listed under audiobooks on iTunes, not music.

      • u

        And I think you guys should stop telling kids to get off your lawn.

      • Scroobles


    • David

      “Why is his stuff considered music?”

      Ah… because it’s music. Rap has been around since the 70s and there are STILL people who don’t consider it music?

      That debate was settled over 30 years ago. Just because you don’t like something doesn’t mean you can’t acknowledge it for what it is.

      I can’t stand country muisc, but I don’t go around denying that it’s music.

  • James

    Eminem – King of Sales.

    Artist of The Decade.

    The man is a true genius, more than hip-hop he is a legendary and one of the greatest music acts the world has ever seen.

    We will continue to break those records and Eminem’s success is just incredible.

  • JC

    He aint gonna budge Antebellum from the top seller of 2010 (2.4 mil so far) Recovery (1.4 mill)

    • Preston

      I think Rick Ross will have a strong sales week, but not enough to knock Eminem out of No. 1. Maybe debut at No. 2 or 3. He’s also a strong selling artist too and has a dedicated fan base. Plus, he trimmed it to only 11 songs for this new album, not the bloated 15 or 16 of his past albums.

  • LJ


  • Hip-Hop Head

    Hip-Hop is the preminent art form in the world. Music,Fashion,Movies,Art… It’s everywhere and yet old foggies cant allow there 1970’s brain to identify it as music… There is far more crap in country and look what happens… When Lady Antebellum is the top selling artist for a decade she can be mentioned in the same respect as eminem….

  • Hip-Hop Head

    And just for the record Lady antebellum sold half what eminem did in the first week, on the strength of a 6 month old single released in October of 2009 and has been out since january. They ook almost seven months to hit those sales numbers, eminem has half of that in just a month, with an album that leaked 2 weeks prior to its release….

  • theBigE

    Let’s give a little love to the Newsboys. The band’s been around for 20+ years, and they get their biggest opening week ever. I tried to find their album in stores the day it was released, and I couldn’t find it in Best Buy or Target. And they still pulled off #4. Plenty of MIA CD’s and reviews in national magazines, however, and she only gets #9. Way to go, ‘boys!

  • Jay

    King Mathers still on top

  • Rach

    love Eminem and love Recovery!

  • Preston

    I don’t know how Eminem does it! That pull he has with this album Recovery in sales in 4 weeks is just remarkable! It’s almost like the rapid selling rate of his 1999, 2000 and 2002 albums the first few weeks out. And smartly chosen singles including one of his songs and the Rihanna featured song. I hope he gets the Christina Aguilera featured song and the lone Dr.Dre produced song as future singles!

  • Preston

    They’re talking about Eminem’s 4-week lock at No. 1, but I’m also impressed with how Drake’s album is doing in sales. He’s done quite well despite the huge buildup and anticipation of his full length album.

  • jamie

    eminem is amazing. i hope he can stay at #1 next week aswell with rick ross’ new album coming out. if he does he’ll be able to stay at the top the week after for sure because there are no major releases.

    • S.O.

      ummm, look out for The Arcade Fire in the 1st week in August.

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