He may not have crossed the platinum plateau in his first week on shelves, but [artist id="502642"]Eminem[/artist] cruised past it in the second week, as Recovery moved another 313,000 copies to hold on to the #1 spot on next week's Billboard 200 albums chart. Despite a 58 percent sales dip, Slim Shady bested all comers with his latest, as his two-week total went up over 1 million, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.
That was more than enough to keep beating Drake's Thank Me Later, which sold 105,000 copies for a three-week total just shy of 709,000 and the #2 slot on the chart. And after "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" smashed box-office records last week, the soundtrack moves up seven spots to #3 (65,000, up 69 percent).
The only newcomers in the top 10 are The-Dream
with Love King, which lands at #4 in its first week (58,000) and Warped Tour rappers 3OH!3, whose Streets of Gold comes in at #7 (41,000).
The rest of the top 10 is made of familiar faces: the NOW 34 collection (#5, 45,000), Justin Bieber's My World 2.0 (#6, 41,000), Jack Johnson's To the Sea (#8, 35,000), Miley Cyrus' Can't Be Tamed (dropping six spots to #9 as sales tailed off by 68 percent to 32,000) and Lady Antebellum's Need You Now (#10, 30,000).
Further down the line, disco revivalists Scissor Sisters debut at #18 with Night Work (18,000), and the score for "Eclipse" is close behind at #20 (17,000). The march down the charts continues for Christina Aguilera's Bionic, which falls another 10 spots in its fourth week on the charts, dropping to #32 on sales of 12,000 for a one-month total of just under 182,000.
Indie faves Wolf Parade land at #48 with Expo 86 (8,000), and punk survivor Alejandro Escovedo, with a little help from Bruce Springsteen, debuts at #101 with Street Songs of Love (5,000).
Over on the iTunes charts, Eminem holds onto #1 on the album tally, with the "Eclipse" soundtrack surging up six spots to #2, followed by Drake, 3OH!3, The-Dream, Johnson, Scissor Sisters, the "Eclipse" score, Hillsong Live's A Beautiful Exchange and the Roots' How I Got Over. The recent releases by Cyrus, Ozzy Osbourne, Sarah McLachlan and B.o.B have all been knocked out of the top 10.
Though iTunes doesn't provide sales data, suffice it to say that Katy Perry's "California Gurls" is hanging strong on the singles list, knocking Slim Shady out of the #1 spot he held last week with his Rihanna duet, "Love the Way You Lie." Taio Cruz has to settle for moving up six spots to #3 with "Dynamite," followed by B.o.B's "Airplanes, Travie McCoy's "Billionaire," Mike Posner's "Cooler Than Me" and Jason DeRulo's "Ridin' Solo." The singles chart is filled out by Eminem again at #8 with "Not Afraid," Usher at #9 with "OMG" and Drake's "Find Your Love" at #10.
Look for chart debuts next week from Big Boi, Kelis, Enrique Iglesias and Kylie Minogue.