By James Montgomery
As you probably know by now, Eminem's Recovery continues to dominate the Billboard albums chart, having notched the biggest debut in nearly two years, then spent seven of the next nine weeks at #1 (including this week), and sold more than 2.2 million copies to date (which makes it the second-best selling album released this year).
So yeah, it's been a pretty good year for Mr. Mathers. So much so that folks are even starting to talk about Recovery in the same way they spoke about "Inception" or "Avatar," unstoppable blockbusters that grab the public's consciousness and refuse to let go. To wit, earlier this week, Billboard published a story about the album's historical run at #1, pointing out that it's already held the top spot on the Top 200 longer than any album since Taylor Swift's Fearless was on top for 11 non-consecutive weeks in late 2008/early 2008, and has tied the record for most weeks at #1 by a hip hop album (Outkast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, which tallied seven weeks atop the chart in late 2003.)
At this point, people are beginning to wonder if anyone can stop Eminem ... because while he faces tough challenges from both Katy Perry and Fantasia—both of whom just released new records on Tuesday—on next week's chart, it's entirely possible he may still hold on to #1. After all, at this point, who's gonna bet against him?
So, we're asking all of you: Just who do you think will unseat Eminem from #1? Can Katy or Fantasia do it? The guys in Linkin Park? Lady Gaga? Or will King Mathers continue to reign forever and ever? Hit the poll and let us know.