Guess who’s back? Eminem is notching his sixth #1 album in a row with Recovery, which sold more than 741,000 copies last week. Those numbers dwarfed the figures for the all of the rest of the top 10 on next week’s Billboard 200 albums chart, as Slim Shady put up the best first-week numbers since 2008, far surpassing year’s other big debuts (Drake, Lady Antebellum, Sade).
Proving once again that despite the album’s early leak, his fans will still come out to support the Detroit MC, Em’s massive haul pushes last week’s #1, Drake’s Thank Me Later down to #2. Sales for Drake’s debut cratered by 65 percent to 157,000, but the melodic Young Money MC still passed the gold mark in just two weeks, according to numbers provided by Nielsen SoundScan.
Miley Cyrus had a rough landing for her more mature Can’t Be Tamed, which comes in at #3 on sales of 102,000, less than half of what 2008’s Breakout did in its debut week (371,000). And though he still hasn’t reached his goal of snagging a #1 debut on the U.S. charts, metal legend Ozzy Osbourne’s latest solo effort, Scream, lands at #4 after moving 81,000 copies. It’s followed at #6 by the chart bow from the Roots’ long-in-the-works How I Got Over (51,000).
In a relatively slow week on the charts, the rest of the top 10 include: Now 34 (#5, 55,000), Jack Johnson’s To the Sea (#7, 44,000), Justin Bieber’s My World 2.0 (#8, 43,000), Sarah McLachlan’s Laws of Illusion (#9, 38,000) and the soundtrack to “Eclipse” (#10, 38,000).
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ Mojo crashes down nine spots in week two to #11, as sales dipped by 74 percent to 33,000. After 24 weeks in the top 10, Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now has dropped to #12 on sales of 32,000. Meanwhile, Christina Aguilera’s Bionic continues to struggle, as the singer’s latest slips out of the top 10 after just three weeks, dropping to #22 as sales trailed off by 54 percent to 18,000.
One of Aguilera’s collaborators, singer Sia, debuts at #37 with We Are Born (11,000), while soul mama Macy Gray is right behind at #38 with Sellout (11,000). As the world marked the one-year anniversary of his death, Michael Jackson’s Number Ones collection rockets up more than 50 spots to #42 on sales of just under 10,000 (one of several Jackson titles to march back up the charts this week). Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil comes in at #47 with his solo covers album, Tattoos & Tequila, a title that might seem unfortunate given his arrest for suspected DUI this week in Las Vegas.
Over on the iTunes charts, Eminem holds down both #1 slots, topping the singles tally with the Rihanna duet “Love the Way You Lie” and the albums chart, after just missing the top spot last week following just one day on sale. Drake trades spots on the album list, dropping down to #2 as Cyrus settles in at #3, followed by the Roots, Johnson, Glee: The Music, Journey to Regionals, Osbourne, “Eclipse,” McLachlan and B.o.B’s B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray. (iTunes does not release sales figures.)
The former #1 on the iTunes singles charts, Katy Perry’s “California Gurls,” slips to #2, followed by B.o.B.’s “Airplanes,” Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire,” Usher’s “OMG” and newcomer Mike Posner’s “Cooler Than Me.” The top 10 is filled out with Jason Derulo’s “Ridin’ Solo,” Em’s “Not Afraid,” Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” and Drake’s “Find Your Love.”
Eminem may be able to hold the Billboard crown for another cycle, as next week’s contenders include The-Dream, 3OH!3 and Scissor Sisters.