June 30, 2010 / 6:38 AM / 9 years ago

Eminem sells 741,000 copies of new album in U.S.

Rapper Eminem performs 'Not Afraid' at the 2010 BET Awards in Los Angeles June 27, 2010. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - Eminem will blast in at No. 1 on the U.S. pop album chart on Wednesday with the biggest week for a single release since 2008, according to sales data from Nielsen SoundScan.

“Recovery,” the follow-up to the rapper’s 2009 album “Relapse,” sold 741,000 copies during the week ended Sunday, enough to become his sixth consecutive No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart.

AC/DC did better in October 2008 when “Black Ice” debuted at No. 1 with 784,000 copies. Meanwhile, “Relapse” began at No. 1 in 2009 with 608,000 copies.

Eminem’s new album also wowed digitally, as downloads made up 255,000 units of the first-week tally. That’s the second-biggest digital week for an album in history. Only Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends” notched a larger frame, when it debuted with 288,000 downloads in the summer of 2008.

Eminem also naturally made big news on the Digital Songs chart with his “Love the Way You Lie,” his collaboration with Rihanna. It debuted at No. 1 with 338,000 downloads sold. It’s the sixth time Eminem has topped the Digital Songs chart and the second time he’s done it this year, following “Not Afraid’s” entry atop the list back in May with 379,000.

Full Billboard 200 sales data will be issued on Wednesday.

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