Eminem's 'Recovery' tops Billboard 200
Album marks rapper's sixth consecutive No. 1 debutLooks like recovery is more profitable than relapse.
Rap king Eminem storms the Billboard 200 this week, moving 741,000 copies of "Recovery," according to Nielsen SoundScan. Fueled by the chart-topping single "Not Afraid," it's his sixth consecutive No. 1 debut and marks the biggest sales week of any album since AC/DC's "Black Ice" bowed with 784,000 in October 2008.
The set flew past first-week sales of Eminem's previous effort, "Relapse," which moved a comparatively paltry 608,000 13 months ago. The "Recovery" tally included 255,000 downloads, the second-biggest weekly digital haul behind Coldplay's "Viva la Vida," which racked up 288,000 in June 2008.
Last week's chart champ, Drake's "Thank Me Later," falls 65% to 157,000 sold, but that was more than enough to beat Miley Cyrus' latest. The teenager's "Can't Be Tamed" bows at No. 3 with 102,000; her previous full-length studio set, "Breakout," broke out with 371,000 in July 2008.
Two other discs bow in the top 10 this week: Ozzy Osbourne's "Scream" (No. 4, 81,000 units) and the Roots' "How I Got Over" (No. 6, 51,000).
Billboard analyst Keith Caulfield contributed to this report.