Eminem might lend you the crown for a week, but this summer's chart king is not ready to abdicate his throne just yet. A week after falling back to #2, Slim Shady's Recovery will be back on top of the Billboard 200 albums charts next week thanks to sales of 133,000, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.
That means that not only did Em cross the 2.1 million mark in just eight weeks, but he pushes back last week's #1, Arcade Fire's The Suburbs, to #2, as the Canadian indie rockers saw a steep (66 percent) decline on sales of 52,000. Among the newcomers in the top 10 are the Camp Rock 2 soundtrack (#3, 41,000) and the latest from Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society, Order of the Black (#4, 33,000); country singer Blake Shelton with All About Tonight (#6, 33,000); and college crooner Mike Posner, whose major label debut, 31 Minutes to Takeoff, lands at #8 on sales of 29,000.
The rest of the top 10: Justin Bieber, My World 2.0 (#5, 33,000); Rick Ross, Teflon Don (#7, 30,000); Kidz Bop 18 (#9, 27,000); and Avenged Sevenfold, Nightmare (#10, 27,000).
Though he fell out of the top 10 to #11, Drake's Thank Me Later racked up another 24,000 in sales, pushing the rapper to the cusp of platinum status. Lady Gaga's The Fame continues to move units (#13, 21,000) nearly two years after its release, but her The Remix album had a swift fall from the top 10, dropping from a #6 debut to #16 in week two as sales fell 58 percent to 17,000.
Houston legend Bun B's Trill O.G. album suffered a similar fate, shedding 60 percent of sales in its second week to drop 13 spots to #17 (16,000). As the movie disappointed at the box office, the Beck-fueled soundtrack to "Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World" also had a soft landing, coming in at #24 (13,000).
With a four-pack of VMA nominations and a performance slot in hand, Florence and the Machine's Lungs saw a huge bump on the charts, leaping from #105 to #61 on sales of 6,000.
Over on the iTunes charts, Em continued his stranglehold on the top, lording over the albums tally yet again, with Arcade Fire just behind (iTunes does not release sales data), followed by Posner, Mumford & Sons' Sigh No More, Camp Rock 2, Shelton, the "Pilgrim" soundtrack, the Step Up 3D soundtrack, Black Label Society, and Zac Brown Band's You Get What You Give.
On the iTunes singles chart, Em and Rihanna also kept their spot at #1 with "Love the Way You Lie," followed by the usual suspects: Taio Cruz ("Dynamite"), Katy Perry ("Teenage Dream"), Enrique Iglesias ("I Like It"), Taylor Swift ("Mine"), Usher ("DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love"), B.o.B ("Magic"), Posner ("Cooler Than Me"), Perry again ("California Gurls") and Jason DeRulo ("Ridin' Solo").
Eminem seems safe for another week, as the only major competition in the cycle is from Iron Maiden, John Mellencamp, David Gray, and Ray LaMontagne, with a possible dark horse #1 in country singer Trace Adkins.