Disc sells 741,000 copies its debut week

As anticipated, Eminem’s “Recovery” smashes onto the U.S. album chart at No. 1 this week with the biggest-first week tally in 21 months.

Slim Shady’s Aftermath/Interscope set shifted 741,000 copies its debut week, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures for the week ending June 27. That’s the biggest domestic number since AC/DC’s “Black Ice” moved 784,000 units in October 2008.

Rap kingpin’s figure dwarfs the 502,000-unit debut of Sade’s “Soldier of Love,” previously the top bow of 2010.

Last week’s No. 1 debut, Drake’s “Thank Me Later” (Young Money), slips to No. 2 with 157,000 sold, declining 65%.

Tween queen Miley Cyrus settles for a No. 3 bow for his new non-“Hannah Montana” disc “Can’t Be Tamed.” Positioned as the young star’s “grown-up” entry, Hollywood Records set moved a somewhat disappointing 102,000.

Metal overlord Ozzy Osbourne’s heavily promoted “Scream” (Epic) lands at No. 4 behind an 81,000-unit debut week.

The Capitol-distributed “Now 34” hits compilation slips one post to No. 5 with sales of 55,000 (off 38%).

No doubt gaining heat from their gig as Jimmy Fallon’s house band, the Roots debut at No. 6 with “How I Got Over” (Def Jam), which sold 51,000 out of the box.

Wrapping the top 10 are Jack Johnson’s “To the Sea” (No. 7, 44,000 units, down 36%), Justin Bieber’s “My World 2.0” (No. 8, 43,000, down 9%), Sarah McLachlan’s “Laws of Illusion” (No. 9, 38,000, down 59%) and the “Twilight Saga: Eclipse” soundtrack (No. 10, 38,000, down 30%).

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