Now that Eminem is back on top of the charts, it looks like Slim Shady isn't planning on budging anytime soon. For the third week in a row, Em's Recovery will hold on to the pole position this week, moving another 229,000 copies to push the disc close to the 1.3 million mark, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan. Also not budging is Drake, whose Thank Me Later holds steady in the #2 spot thanks to 74,000 more units served for a one-month total of more than 782,000.
Coming in at the #3 position is the long-delayed official solo debut of Outkast's Big Boi, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, which sold 62,000 copies. At #10 is the latest from Enrique Iglesias, Euphoria, which had a soft landing of 27,000.
The rest of the top 10: Muse may be suddenly ambivalent about their placement in the vampire movies, but "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" soundtrack holds in there at #4 with sales of 45,000 for a five-week total just shy of 350,000. Justin Bieber is also mostly steady at #5 with My World 2.0 (43,000), followed by Now 34 (#6, 33,000), Jack Johnson's To the Sea (#7, 30,000), Lady Gaga's The Fame (#8,
29,000) and Lady Antebellum's Need You Now (#9, 28,000).
Though duet partner Miley Cyrus continues to move in the opposite direction with her more mature Can't Be Tamed, dropping two spots to #11 on sales of 24,000, rejuvenated Poison rocker Bret Michaels has a decent showing at #14 with Custom Built, which debuts with 22,000.
Aussie pop star Kylie Minogue is still trying to crack the code in America, as her Aphrodite sneaks into the top 20 at #19 on sales of 18,000. Meanwhile, jokey Colorado rap duo 3OH!3 shed 63 percent of their first-week business for Streets of Gold, dropping 16 spots to #23 (15,000).
Incubus singer Brandon Boyd's solo debut, The Wild Trapeze, swings in at #3 (11,000), Kelis' hyped Flesh Tone album barely makes it into the top 50 at #48 (8,000) and Juvenile has to settle for a #58 debut for his Beast Mode (6,000).
It continues to be all about Eminem on the iTunes charts as well. He holds on to the #1 position on the albums and singles tallies, as the Rihanna duet "Love the Way You Lie" climbs back into the single lead over Katy Perry's Snoop Dogg-assisted "California Gurls." The rest of the singles top 10 is mostly a reshuffling of the deck, with Iglesias coming in at #4 with "I Like It," just behind Taio Cruz's "Dynamite." The rest of the singles list includes B.o.B ("Airplanes"), Travie McCoy ("Billionaire"), Mike Posner ("Cooler Than Me"), Jason Derulo ("Ridin' Solo"), Eminem ("Not Afraid") and Usher ("OMG"). (iTunes does not release sales figures for its charts.)
Things get shaken up a bit more on the iTunes album chart, where Boi snags the #2 spot, followed by the "Eclipse" soundtrack, Drake, Boyd, Johnson, Minogue, Lady Gaga, Iglesias and a Daughtry compilation called Leave This Town: The B-Sides.
Eminem's probably safe for another week on the Billboard countdown, as the only competition in the rearview mirror will come from Korn, M.I.A. , a solo Sting, metal supergroup Hellyeah and the revamped Crowded House.