Eminem's "Recovery" earns top spot on R&B/Hip-hop charts
By Gail Mitchell
LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - During the past 12 months, the R&B and hip-hop charts have been rife with comebacks, buzz-drawing upstarts and hitmaking assists.
Working his way up the comeback trail after the mediocre "Relapse," Eminem hit a peak with the refreshing sequel, "Recovery" (Web/Shady/Aftermath/ Interscope).
Thanks to the popularity of his hit "Love the Way You Lie" featuring Rihanna -- this year's chart-topper on the R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs recap -- and his earlier single "Not Afraid," Eminem ends the year reigning over multiple recaps: Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists, Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists-Male and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album Artists.
"Recovery" is No. 2 behind Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream" on the year-end Top Billboard 200 Albums recap, with 2.7 million in sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's a grand return that set the stage for Eminem's Grammy Award nomination for album of the year.
Other members of the 2010 comeback class include Usher and Chris Brown. Usher had not one but two releases to show naysayers he definitely meant business after the lackluster sales of his 2008 album, "Here I Stand."
His new album "Raymond V Raymond" (LaFace/JLG) ends the year at No. 6 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums recap. The set spun off the hit singles "Little Freak," with the ubiquitous Nicki Minaj; the pop/dance-centric "OMG," featuring Will.i.am; "Hey Daddy (Daddy's Home)," featuring Plies; and "There Goes My Baby," which ranks No. 2 on the year-end Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs recap and No. 1 on the Adult R&B Songs tally. Usher's "Versus" EP came in at No. 45 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums recap.
Brown, following his sentence for domestic abuse, worked on resurrecting his career. The tide shifted for Brown in June when he performed a medley of Michael Jackson songs at the BET Awards and broke down during "Man in the Mirror."
Weeks later, Brown's single "Deuces," featuring Tyga and Kevin McCall, propelled him to No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Recorded after the release of his 2009 "Graffiti," the song no doubt spurred renewed interest in that particular project: the Grammy-nominated "Graffiti" claims a respectable No. 28 on the year-end Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums recap. Continued...