LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - Eminem’s “Recovery” led the U.S. pop album chart for a fourth week on Wednesday, thanks to his latest hit single.
The album sold 195,000 copies during the week ended July 18, taking its total to 1.5 million. He becomes the first artist to log a four-week stretch at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 since Susan Boyle began a six-week stint in November.
No doubt “Recovery’s” continued success is aided by its hit single “Love The Way You Lie” (featuring Rihanna), which will take the No. 1 spot when the Hot 100 is published Thursday.
It will mark the first back-to-back Hot 100 chart-toppers of his career. The album’s first single, “Not Afraid,” went to No. 1 in May. In all, Eminem has topped the Hot 100 four times.
The highest debut on the Billboard 200 — and first of six entries in the top 10 — came from Korn’s “Korn III - Remember Who You Are,” which started at No. 2 with 63,000. The rock band’s last album, 2007’s “Untitled,” debuted and peaked at No. 2 with 123,000 sold in its first week.
Newsboys notched its best showing on the Billboard 200 as “Born Again” bowed at No. 4 with 45,000 — the Christian act’s highest sales week since SoundScan began tracking data in 1991. The act has never risen higher than No. 28 with “In the Hands of Good” in 2009.
Pop veteran Sting debuted at No. 6 with “Symphonicities,” an album’s worth of Sting and Police songs classically reinvented by noted composers and performed with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. The set sold 36,000 copies.
Country newcomer Jerrod Niemann came in at No. 7 with “Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury,” selling 34,000 in its opening week. The album was sale-tagged for less than $7 at both Best Buy and Wal-Mart.
Rock super group Hellyeah charged in at No. 8 after selling 28,000 copies of its second album “Stampede.” The act consists of Chad Gray and Greg Tribbett (both of Mudvayne), Vinnie Paul (Pantera), Tom Maxwell (Knives Out! and Nothingface) and Bob Zilla (Damageplan).
The final arrival in the top 10 came from M.I.A.’s “Maya,” starting at No. 9 with 28,000. Her last set, 2007’s “Kala,” started at No. 18 with 29,000 copies.
As for the rest of the top 10, Drake’s “Thank Me Later” slipped one to No. 3 (50,000), Justin Bieber’s “My World 2.0” held at No. 5 (41,000) and the soundtrack to “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” slid six to No. 10 (28,000).
Overall album sales totaled 5.21 million units, down less than 1% compared to the previous week, and down 23% compared to the comparable sales week of 2009. Year to date album sales stand at 164.4 million, down 12% compared to the same total at this point last year.