Eminem's "Recovery" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart Tuesday with a massive 741,000 copies sold in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the biggest sales week for a single album since October 2008, when AC/DC's "Black Ice" debuted with 784,000 in its first week.
"Recovery" is the hip-hop king's sixth straight No. 1 debut -- and sixth overall chart-topper. His only set to miss the top spot was his "Slim Shady LP" debut, which bowed and peaked at No. 2 in 1999. Among hip-hop acts with the most No. 1 albums, only Jay-Z has earned more, with 11.
"Recovery's" debut week sales surpasses the first week of Eminem's last set, "Relapse," which began at No. 1 in 2009 with 608,000. It also beats the opening of 2005's "Curtain Call: The Hits" which entered at No. 1 with 441,000 in 2005.
Eminem's new album also wows digitally, as downloads made up 255,000 of its first week. 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 makes big news on the Digital Songs chart with his "Recovery" collaboration with Rihanna titled "Love the Way You Lie." It debuts at No. 1 with 338,000 downloads sold. It's the sixth time Em 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.
The Detroit based rap star may be able to hold the Billboard crown for another cycle, as next week's contenders include The-Dream, 3OH!3 and Scissor Sisters.
Source: Keith Caulfield for Billboard.com