[artist id="2000082"]Rick Ross[/artist] may have called his new album Teflon Don, but his nonstick verses weren’t slick enough to knock the crown off of [artist id="502642"]Eminem[/artist]‘s head. With a barely perceptible 4 percent slip from the week before, Slim Shady’s Recovery is looking bulletproof, as it will lodge a fifth straight week at #1 on sales of 187,000, helping the album blow by the 1.6 million mark, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.
That means the Bawse will have to settle for a #2 bow for Don, which moved 176,000 copies, landing it well ahead of the next highest debut, Sheryl Crow‘s 100 Miles From Memphis (#3, 55,000).
The only other new faces in the top 10 belonged to the 18th edition of the Kidz Bop series (#5, 43,000) and the soundtrack to the new Disney Channel series “Jonas L.A.,” which came in at #7 (32,000).
The rest of the top 10: Drake, Thank Me Later (#4, 47,000), Justin Bieber, My World 2.0 (#6, 39,000), Now 34 (#8 27,000), Lady Antebellum, Need You Now (#9, 25,000) and Lady Gaga, The Fame (#10, 24,000).
It was a short trip to the top for Korn, as Korn III:
Remember Who You Are sagged by 68 percent in week two as the nu-metal pioneers drop 11 spots to #13 (20,000). Meanwhile, former Police leader Sting‘s orchestral album, Symphonicities, suffered one of the week’s biggest tumbles, shedding 61 percent of its first week’s business as it falls 17 spots to #23 (14,000). The news was also not great for embattled singer M.I.A. , whose divisive /\/\/\Y/\ also dropped 61 percent in week two as it skids 25 spots to #34 on sales of 11,000.
Further down the line, the soundtrack to MTV’s own “Jersey Shore” fist-pumps its way to #55 (8,000), thanks to tracks by Enrique Iglesias with Pitbull, Taio Cruz, Ludacris, Lil Jon and LMFAO.
Over on the iTunes album and singles charts, Eminem continued his stranglehold, keeping the top spots on both locked down with Recovery and his hit collabo with Rihanna on “Love the Way You Lie.” The singles chart doesn’t look much different than last week, with Em followed by Cruz’s “Dynamite,” Iglesias’ “I Like It,” Katy Perry‘s “California Gurls,” B.o.B‘s “Airplanes,” Travie McCoy‘s “Billionaire,” Mike Posner‘s “Cooler Than Me,”
Jason Derulo‘s “Ridin’ Solo” and Eminem’s “Not Afraid.” The only newcomer on that chart is Perry’s latest single, “Teenage Dream.”
While iTunes does not release sales figures, Eminem clearly did the digital trick, beating out Ross and Crow, who come in at #2 and #3 as well, followed by the “Jonas” soundtrack, Drake, the “Inception” score, Jack Johnson’s To the Sea, Lady Gaga, the early digital version of Avenged Sevenfold‘s Nightmare and the Black Keys‘ Brothers.
Eminem looks safe for another go-round on Billboard, as next week’s chart debuts include new albums from Avenged Sevenfold, Dru Hill and the “Step Up 3D” soundtrack.