Eminem remains No. 1 for his fifth straight week.
Eminem makes it five weeks in a row at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as “Recovery” sells another 187,000 (down just 4%), according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Rick Ross’ “Teflon Don” arrives in the runner-up spot with 176,000. Ross’ last three studio albums all debuted at No. 1, with his last set, 2009’s “Deeper Than Rap,” arriving with 158,000. The opener for “Teflon” is Ross’ best sales week since 2008’s “Trilla” arrived with 198,000.
A week ago industry observers had initially projected that Ross had a good shot at a No. 1 debut. However, “Recovery” held on strong with a small weekly sales decline. Chalk that up in part to its sale pricing at Target and Best Buy and the continued popularity of its single “Love the Way You Lie.” It reigns atop the Digital Songs chart for a fifth straight week (332,000 downloads; down 6%).
As for the rest of the top 10, Drake’s “Thank Me Later” falls one spot to No. 4 (47,000; down 6%).