Though seven albums made their debuts in the national top 10, Eminem’s “Recovery” maintained its hold on No. 1 for another week.
In its ninth chart week, the rapper’s set shifted 116,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending Sunday. Slim Shady’s collection rebounded back to the top last week. Album has sold in excess of 100,000 units every week since its release.
R&B singer Kem’s “Intimacy” (Motown) arrived at No. 2, with its 74,000-unit tally more than 40,000 units off Eminem’s torrid pace. Trad-oriented vocalist’s set is his first release since “Album II” five years ago.
Grainy-voiced singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne’s “God Willin’ and the Creek Don’t Rise” (RCA) entered at No. 3 with a 64,000-unit bow. Collection, recorded at LaMontagne’s Massachusetts home credited to LaMontagne and his band the Pariah Dogs, matched debut position and sales of his 2008 set “Gossip in the Grain.”
Metal vets Iron Maiden’s “The Final Frontier” (Columbia) weighed in at No. 4, tracking 63,000. The studio slab from the long-lived headbangers, available in conventional and deluxe editions, is first from Bruce Dickinson and Co. since 2006’s “A Matter of Life and Death.” Maiden has been on a North American trek.
Trace Adkins’ “Cowboy’s Back in Town” (Show Dog) moved in at No. 5 with a 50,000-unit debut week. Country star’s collection is his first for Toby Keith’s Universal-distributed imprint after years at Capitol.
Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” (Capitol Nashville) bounced up six positions to No. 6 in its 30th week. With 32,000 sold this stanza (a 35% gain), country trio’s sophomore album, still the bestseller among 2010 releases, has shifted more than 2.5 million.Arcade Fire’s indie sensation “The Suburbs” (Merge) dropped five rungs to No. 7 in its third week. Canadian group’s third album moved 31,000, logging a 40% drop. Teen icon Justin Bieber’s “My World 2.0” (Island) dipped three positions to No. 8, with sales of 30,000 (off 10%).
English singer-songwriter David Gray’s “Foundling” (Downtown) bounced onto the chart at No. 9, moving 25,000 units. Low-priced two-disc set is the ninth studio album by the musician, who sports a devoted U.S. cult following.
Veteran vocalist John Mellencamp’s “No Better Than This” (Rounder) filled out the top 10 with a No. 10 debut, in with 24,000 sold. Package of rootsy songs was produced by T Bone Burnett in mono, employing such offbeat locations as Memphis’ Sun Studio and a San Antonio hotel room where bluesman Robert Johnson recorded.
This week, pop goddess Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” should be a slam-dunk to dislodge Eminem at the apex of the chart.