Eminem’s “Recovery” held off a strong challenge by Rick Ross’ “Teflon Don” to maintain its No. 1 position on the U.S. album chart for a fifth straight week.
Marking just a 4% decline, Eminem’s torrid Aftermath collection sold 187,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending July 25. Set’s sales were bolstered by ongoing popularity of the rapper’s collaboration with Rihanna, “Love the Way You Lie.”
Miami rap power Ross has to be satisfied with a No. 2 bow, as his Def Jam album placed with a 176,000-unit debut week. It’s the first time a Ross album has failed to arrive at the pinnacle of the chart: Three previous collections debuted at No. 1.
Sheryl Crow’s new “100 Miles From Memphis” (A&M) entered at a distant No. 3. The vocalist’s heavily promoted set of soul-inflected songs moved in with 55,000 sold out of the box.
Canadian rapper Drake’s “Thank Me Later” (Young Money) drifted down one post to No. 4, losing just 6% and shifting 47,000 in its sixth week.
The tireless hits-by-kids-for-kids “Kidz Bop” series racked up another winning entry, as the eighteenth Razor & Tie set arrived at No. 5 with a 43,000-unit debut week.
Tween acts also stake out their share of the chart this week: Justin Bieber’s “My World 2.0” (Island) dropped one notch to No. 6 on a 39,000-unit week (off 5%), while the soundtrack for the new Jonas Brothers vehicle “Jonas L.A.” (Disney Buena Vista) entered at No. 7 with 32,000 sold its first week.
The “Now 34” compilation (No. 8, 27,000 sold), Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” (No. 9, 25,000) and Lady Gaga’s “The Fame” (No. 10, 24,000) completed the top 10.
A new title by Avenged Sevenfold leads candidates for a major entry on next week’s chart.