Eminem’s ‘Recovery’ tops for 3rd week

Rap icon's Aftermath collection sold 229,000 discs

Eminem’s “Recovery” hangs tough at the apex of the U.S. album chart, claiming the No. 1 slot for the third week in a row.

Rap icon’s Aftermath collection sold 229,000 copies in its third week, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures for the week ending July 11. Set has already shifted nearly 1.3 million units.

Last album to manage three straight weeks at No. 1 was Sade’s “Soldier of Love,” which pulled off the feat in March.

Another potent rap collection, Drake’s “Thank Me Later” (Young Money), holds onto its No. 2 spot with 74,000 sold (declining 30%).

“Sir Lucious Left Foot … The Son of Chico Dusty,” the much-delayed solo bow from Big Boi of Outkast, is the week’s top debut, entering at No. 3 with a 62,000-unit week. Project was originally announced back in 2007.

Holdovers clog most of the top of the chart: “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” soundtrack (No. 4, 45,000 sold, down 30%), Justin Bieber’s “My World 2.0” (No. 5, 43,000, up 4%), the “Now 34” hits package (No. 6, 33,000, down 26%), Jack Johnson’s “To the Sea” (No. 7, 30,000, down 13%), Lady Gaga’s “The Fame” (No. 8, 29,000, up 18%) and Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” (No. 9, 28,000, down 8%).

Enrique Iglesias’ “Euphoria” (Universal Republic) is the only other fresh top 10 arrival of the week, entering at No. 10. The Latin star’s new collection bows with a 27,000-unit frame.

New titles by Sting, M.I.A. and Korn will compete for chart supremacy next week.