What a difference a year makes. Last summer, [artist id="502642"]Eminem[/artist]'s comeback album, Relapse, held on to the top position on the Billboard albums chart for two weeks before beginning a slow downhill march that had it out of the top 10 within two months.
This time around, Em's latest, Recovery, is showing some serious hang time. The disc will stay in the #1 slot for the fourth week in a row, racking up another 195,000 in sales for a one-month total just a hair shy of 1.5 million copies, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan. The better news for Slim Shady is that sales dropped just 15 percent from the week before, unlike some previous chart-toppers, which have seen steep drops after high debuts.
Veteran metal act Korn are way behind at #2 with their Roadrunner Records debut, Korn III — Remember Who You Are, which sold 63,000 copies. The other debuts in a fresh-faced top 10 come from Christian act Newsboys, whose Born Again is in at #4 (45,000); former Police singer Sting, with his orchestral Symphonicities disc (#6, 36,000); country singer Jerrod Niemann with Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury (#7, 34,000); metal supergroup Hellyeah's Stampede (#8, 28,000); and M.I.A., whose divisive /\/\/\Y/\ just barely makes it into the top 10 at #9 on sales of 28,000.
As for the rest of the top 10, Drake slips a spot to #3 with Thank Me Later, which moved another 50,000 copies as it soared past 833,000 in five weeks. Justin Bieber holds fast at #5 with My World 2.0 (41,000), and the "Twilight Saga: Eclipse"
soundtrack drops six spots to #10 (28,000).
It was a short sojourn in the top 10 for Outkast's Big Boi, as his solo debut, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, falls 11 spots to #14 in week two on sales of 26,000 as traffic dropped 59 percent. Warped faves the Maine have a solid debut at #16 with Black & White (25,000). The Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse compilation Dark Night of the Soul — which finally saw official release after a label squabble kept it bottled up last year — lands at #24 (16,000). And An Airplane Carried Me to Bed, the first effort from Owl City mastermind Adam Young's Sky Sailing side project, lands at #30 on sales of 13,000.
Further down the list, the soundtrack to "Inception" hits (8,000). The latest from rapper Paul Wall, Heart of a Champion, is not too far behind at #58 on sales just under 8,000. The news continues to be grim for Christina Aguilera, as her soft-selling Bionic shed another 33 percent of business in its sixth week on the charts, dropping 25 spots to #59 on sales of 7,000; the album looks to be stalling out around 200,000 copies, by far the weakest showing of the singer's career.
Whether because of good word-of-mouth, placement on the latest "Twilight" soundtrack or positive reviews for their major-label debut, Infinite Arms, Band of Horses makes a huge jump up the charts after two months, leaping 58 spots to #70 on sales of 6,000.
Over on the iTunes charts, Eminem holds down the top spots on the singles and albums charts again, as his hit collabo with Rihanna, "Love the Way You Lie," continues to dominate the action. The singles chart remains almost exactly the same as last week, with the only change coming from a flip-flop at #2 and #3 between Taio Cruz and Katy Perry, with Cruz's "Dynamite" hopping up above Perry's "California Gurls." (iTunes does not provide detailed sales figures for its charts.)
On the iTunes album side, there was plenty of action, as below Eminem is the debut of the Sting symphonic disc, followed by M.I.A., Sky Sailing, Korn, Drake, the Maine, "Eclipse," Jack Johnson's To the Sea and Lady Gaga's The Fame.
Next week look for chart debuts from Rick Ross with Teflon Don, another Kidz Bop disc and Sheryl Crow's Justin Timberlake-assisted 100 Miles From Memphis.