Diminishing Returns

Eminem's 'Recovery' Back On Top

Eminem's 'Recovery'
Aftermath Records

After falling to the second spot on the Billboard 200 for two weeks, Eminem's Recovery is once again the No. 1 album in the country this week. Billboard reports that last week's top seller, Arcade Fire's The Suburbs, slipped to No. 2 with sales of 52,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan (just a third of last week's total). Avenged Sevenfold's Nightmare, which finished ahead of Recovery two week ago, sold 27,000, just barely enough to stay in the top ten.

Nobody came close to beating Eminem this week. Notable debuts include the No. 3 and 4 records: the soundtrack to the Disney Channel's Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam (41,000), featuring the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato; and Order of the Black by Black Label Society (33,000). Country star Blake Shelton's six-song EP, All About Tonight, finished at No. 6 with 33,000 in sales, and Mike Posner's 31 Minutes to Takeoff entered the chart at No. 8 with 28,000 copies sold.

Recovery's 133,000 copies sold puts its eight-week total at 2.1 million copies. That makes it the second best-selling album of 2010 so far, behind Lady Antebellum's Need You Now at 2.5 million.

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