Eminem tops the Billboard 200 album sales chart yet again

eminemImage Credit: Frank Micelotta/Getty ImagesEminem‘s chart reign goes on. After a brief interruption two weeks ago courtesy of Arcade Fire, he promptly returned last week to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album sales chart, and that’s where he’s staying this week after selling another 116,000 copies of Recovery, according to Nielsen SoundScan. This is Shady’s seventh nonconsecutive week at No. 1 with Recovery — more than anyone has racked up since Taylor Swift’s Fearless in 2008 and 2009, and more than any rap album since OutKast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below in 2003 and 2004. Will Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream knock Eminem back down to No. 2 next week? Stay tuned.

Soul singer Kem’s Intimacy leads this week’s crowded pack of new arrivals, taking No. 2 with 74,000 copies sold. At No. 3, it’s Ray LaMontagne with 64,000 copies sold of God Willin’ and the Creek Don’t Rise, a career best for the folk troubadour. Iron Maiden follow at No. 4 with 63,000 copies sold of Final Frontier. Trace Adkins rounds out the Top 5 with 50,000 copies sold of Cowboy’s Back in Town. Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs falls to No. 7 in week 3 after selling another 31,000 copies.

The new entries resume at No. 9 with David Gray, who sold 25,000 copies of Foundling. John Mellencamp notches No. 10 with 24,000 copies sold of No Better Than This. Down at No. 17, Lady Antebellum make it onto the chart with 18,000 digital copies sold of their iTunes Sessions EP; a few spaces above, their hit Need You Now also rose from No. 12 last week to No. 6 this week.

Surprised by any of those results? Think Eminem has a shot at fending off Katy Perry next week, or is he enjoying his last term at No. 1? Speak up in the comments.

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  • Victor Eloy

    exactly 10 years ago, on april 2000’N SYNC had sold 2.400.000 copies from NO STRINGS ATTACHED, BRITNEY sold 1.300.000 copies from OOOPPS I DID IT AGAIN EMINEN sold 1.800.000 copies from THE MARSHALL MATHERS LP the same month. later on that october LIMP BISKIT sold 1.100.000 from COCOLATE STARFISH AND THE….. and on that december the BACKSTREET BOYS OLD 1.6000.000from BLACK & BLUE….
    all these numbers are only from the the first week sales of each albums…what a times for record companies!!!! not anymore!

    • Preston

      I miss those million plus first weeks. That was when people were physically buying music versus the downloading trend of today. Eminem’s really bringing that momentum back since his album has sold over 2 million in 2 months. He’s probably the only one from 2000 that can still sell music big in 2010.

  • Victor Eloy

    from all of them Eminem is like the one who is still on the top. let’s see what will happen to next BRITNEY’s album

    • marcelo

      eminem e o melhor raper que ja existiu nao vai ser qualquer cantor que vai quebrar ele não

  • JC

    “Love The Way You Lie” is losing its steam, so these numbers are bound to decrease. Make way for Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream”

  • u

    Katy ain’t gonna do sh*t to anyone, least of all Eminem. I think SHE better hope that her album sells just enough to pay her label back.

    • Soldier

      Agree. The new Katy Perry/Teenage Dream is just ridiculous!

    • she’s supposed to sell about 175-200 thousand, i think. billboard reported on it today.

  • Jay

    King Mathers is STILL on top! :)

  • JMaG

    So impressive. Very rare to see people buy rap albums. Good for him.

  • Rusty Shackleford

    Just goes to show that when presented with an intelligent, well-spoken rapper people will buy it. Its the unintelligible thugs we don’t want!

    • Joe

      I think it goes a little beyond that – Rap artists just aren’t very original. The whole concept of good music is to take your listener on a journey, to tell a story as well as entertain. Rap right now has gotten away from the variety of its past, and now 99% of it is about bragging about being violent or 50 million variations of “let’s screw”.

      Eminem not only is one of the best rapping lyricists out there (dare I say of all time?), but he is telling personal stories, rapping about things that most people can at least somewhat relate to, and is really this generations Tupac.

      • Vince from NYC

        You can say it dude.. He’s the best of all time hands down.. I’m a huge Nas fan, and he’s far surpassed even him. When your listening to an album for the 40th time and your still hearing punches you didn’t get before, thats how you know it’s great. Em fits so much into a 16 that sometiems it’s scary.

      • g-ner-ic


  • Bob

    Katy perry gonna be on top foever and she fine too got nice tars

  • Bob

    Katy perry gonna be on top foever and she fine too got nice tits

  • Joe

    Katy perry is so hot I would destroy here and do her all day

    • Jrok

      Take a step back from the misogyny and learn to spell, moron.

  • Preston

    I think this week will be the last week for Eminem at No. 1 because of three heavy hitters in Katy Perry, Usher and Fantasia’s new albums on August 24th. Most of the big names backed off for July and August so Eminem had no competition. All four of those albums will have huge 100,000 plus sales! I think Eminem will fall to 2 or 3 given that Katy has had two huge summer hit singles and could sell strong for the next month. But T.I. could also give Eminem competition with his September release.

  • Victor Eloy

    Preston….everything you were writing was perfect till you mentioned Slutasia (Fantasia B.) as a heavy hitter…
    I mean, if it weren’t because of teh fact she is a homewrecker and pathetic woman who faked a suicide, none site would even cover her.
    I don’t like Perry at all, and Usher is just o.k, but they are sucsessful mainstream singers, a thing Fantasia has never and will never be…
    anyway I hope Perry record sinks because the album is really mediocre, she si mediocre at least.

  • Vince from NYC

    Perry will probably outsell Em this week.. Little girls like her.. Little girls get what they want. It’s like the biggest market to attack. Em had a good run, I’m shocked he’s still putting up those numbers so many weeks later. Everybody I know had the album the day it came out..

    • u

      I’ll be shocked if that happens. Arcade Fire (temporarily) outsold Em because their album was so highly anticipated. I’m not sure anyone is anticipating Katy Perry…

  • Vince from NYC

    One more thing.. Is it me or does Katy Perry’s song, CA Gurls, remind you of the late 90’s hit “Barbie Girl”. I think it may be the same song.

    • u

      It’s a blatant rip-off Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok”, which makes it all even sadder…

      • Vince from NYC

        Ha.. That’s true too.. Now Usher has a song out that also sounds like it and they all go around calling themselves artists.

  • PikledBeats

    Up the Irons … Eminem sucks …. Maiden Rocks #4 U.S., #1 U.K. Best Album In Years … The fact that Maiden can hit number #4 shows America hasn’t lost all touch of reality in regards to music. Kem though WTF……..

    • Jrok

      If you can name 10 rap artists you like I’d be shocked. Never compare your favorite artists (obviously from a genre of music you enjoy) to ANY artist from a genre you hate. The 2nd will always “suck” in comparison.

      • PikledBeats

        1. El-P
        2. Aesop Rock
        3. Sole
        4. Dose One
        5. Buck 65
        6. Cage
        7. Non Phixion
        8. Del
        9. Lab Rats
        10. Kool Keith

        …Eminem Sucks

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