Eminem hangs tough at No. 1

Rapper's 'Recovery' makes it four weeks at the top

Despite the arrival of six new titles in the U.S. top 10, Eminem’s “Recovery” showed more than enough strength to hold onto the No. 1 chart slot for a fourth straight week.

Rapper’s Aftermath set shifted 195,000 copies in the stanza, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures for the week ending July 18. While title dipped 15%, it was still the only album to move more than 100,000 units last week. Collection is closing on the 1.5 million sales mark.

“Korn III – Remember Who You Are” (Roadrunner), perplexingly titled entry by the veteran hard rock unit, is the week’s top entry, arriving at No. 2 with a 63,000-unit first week. Band’s last untitled set bowed in that same post with 123,000 sold in 2007.

Rapper Drake’s “Thank Me Later” (Young Money) dips one pole to No. 3 in its fifth week, declining 32% with sales of 50,000.

Christian rock act the Newboys’ “Born Again” (Inpop) enters at No. 4 with 45,000 sold out of the box. Album title cuts two ways: Set is long-running group’s first with former dc Talk vocalist Michael Tait fronting the unit.

Teen star Justin Bieber’s “My World 2.0” (Island) maintains the No. 5 position with a 5% drop, selling 41,000.

Sting’s “Symphonicities” (Deutsche Grammophon) bows at No. 6 with a 36,000-unit debut frame. Vocalist has been tubthumping the new collection of Police and solo material in orchestral settings with a national tour.

Country singer-songwriter Jerrod Niemann’s “Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury” (RCA Nashville) opens at No. 7 with 34,000 sold. Kansas native has penned hits for Garth Brooks and others.

Hellyeah’s “Stampede” (Epic), second album from metal act featuring members of Mudvayne, Nothingface and Pantera, moves in at No. 8, shifting 28,000. Band’s self-titled debut entered at No. 9 with 45,000 sold in 2007.

M.I.A.’s “Maya” (XL) makes a meek debut at No. 9, moving 28,000. Sales of alternative/rap talent’s third set — which equaled the first-week showing of her acclaimed 2007 release “Kala” — may have been hampered by negative advance word and a devastating New York Times Magazine profile.

Atlantic’s “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” soundtrack falls six positions to No. 10, off 37% and trailing the M.I.A. release by less than 200 copies.

New titles by Rick Ross and Sheryl Crow and the Jonas Brothers’ “Jonas L.A.” soundtrack are primed for big debuts next week.

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