Its sales up 0.6% week-on-week to 32,098, Recovery nevertheless registers the lowest sales for a number one album since Christina Aguilera's Bionic prevailed nine weeks ago
Posting its sixth week at number one overall, Recovery beats both Eminem's own personal record (The Eminem Show and Curtain Call - The Hits each spent five weeks at number one) and the record for a rap album. Including the week his group D12 spent at number one with D12 World in 2004, Eminem has spent 23 weeks at number one in the 21st century, equalling the record set by Robbie Williams. Eminem's parity with Williams is likely only temporary - the newly married Stoke lad's upcoming Greatest Hits album and his return to the Take That fold for their new album should return him to sole occupancy of the top slot by the end of the year.
Recovery's tenacity is due in no small part to the continued success of second single The Way You Lie. Featuring Rihanna, the track, which rebounds 4-2 this week to equal its peak, has been in the Top 10 for eight weeks, racking up sales of 440,735 copies, including 58,126 last week. It has overtaken Recovery's first single, Not Afraid (322,963 sales) and is now Eminem's fifth biggest selling single, trailing only the number ones, Stan (788,112 sales), Lose Yourself (642,062), Without Me (558,028) and The Real Slim Shady (495,573).
In discussing Arcade Fire last week, we somehow managed to omit Michael Buble from the catalogue of Canadian artists who have had a number one album, though his current set Crazy Love reached the summit in January. Apologies.
No new album sold sufficient copies to secure a Top 40 debut this week, with the highest new entry coming from rising dubstep artist Skream's Outside The Box (number 43, 3,180 sales). Taking advantage of the inertia, The xx's self-titled debut reaches another new high, rising 13-10 (9,026 sales).
Ellie Goulding's Lights made a record 1-16 plunge 22 weeks ago but with new single The Writer (up 45-19 this week, 12,446 sales) doing very well, Lights is heading rapidly back in the right direction. Improving its chart placing for the third week in a row, it advances 30-18 (6,452 sales), achieving its highest chart placing for 11 weeks.
In the UK for a sell-out concert at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire, Lady Antebellum are also resurgent, with their Need You Now set accelerating rapidly as it climbs for the sixth straight week. Rocketing 74-22, the album - which debuted at number eight in May - achieves its highest chart placing for 13 weeks. Sales last week of 5,519 raise Need You Now's overall UK tally to 59,864; in America, the album has been in the Top 10 for 26 of 28 weeks that have elapsed since its release, spending four weeks at number one and selling 2,490,632 copies. The single of the same name also rebounds, climbing 110-52 (4,026 sales). Number 21 in May, it has sold 62,647 copies to date.
Originally released in 2000, Rated R was California hard rockers Queens Of The Stone Age's second album, reaching number 54. To mark its 10th anniversary, it has just been issued in a deluxe edition, with a bonus disc comprising b-sides and live recordings. The album re-enters the chart for the first time since 2002, at number 72, with sales of 2,010 copies lifting its career tally to 194,598. By coincidence, the chart's other Rated R album - by Rihanna - continues its recovery, improving 16-12 (8,578 sales) to secure its highest chart placing for 21 weeks.
Actor Jared Leto's 30 Seconds To Mars album This Is War was given a new lease of life when the band visited the UK for TV and tour dates a few weeks ago. The album, which debuted at number 31 last December and previously peaked at number 25 a fortnight ago, surges 27-15 this week with 7,136 sales, lifting its career tally to 142,901.
Topping the compilation chart for the fourth straight week, Now That's What I Call Music! 76 has sold 523,175 copies, including 54,937 in the most recent frame. It is 23.85% ahead of same stage sales of its immediate predecessor, Now! 75, and 1.97% behind same stage sales of 2009 equivalent, Now! 73.
With release schedules seasonably threadbare, sales take a turn for the worse, dipping 9.3% week-on-week to 1,704,326 - 5% above same week 2009 sales of 1,623,167.
It is getting quite like old times on the singles chart, with a new number one for the sixth week in a row. Midweek sales flashes suggested that The Saturdays' eight single, Missing You, was in the driving seat but it was unable to sustain its brisk start, and instead of becoming their first number one, it debuts at number three.
Its conqueror, Club Can't Handle Me by Flo-Rida feat. David Guetta, completes a 5-2-1 climb to the summit despite the fact its sales are off 6.3% week-on-week at 61,027. It's the third number one for Flo-Rida, who topped with Right Round in his own right, and played a supporting role on Alexandra Burke's number one Bad Boys, both in 2009. Club Can't Handle Me is Frenchman Guetta's fourth number one as an artist, following When Love Takes Over (feat. Kelly Rowland) and Sexy Chick (feat. Akon) - both 2009 - and Gettin' Over You (feat Chris Willis, Fergie and LMFAO), which was number one just 10 weeks ago. Guetta also co-wrote and produced Black Eyed Peas' I Gotta Feeling.
Despite missing out on the big prize, Missing You sold 57,157 copies last week, providing The Saturdays' second biggest weekly tally. It can't match their March 2009 number two hit Just Can't Get Enough, which opened with sales of 64,785, but it easily beats the 38,846 copies that Forever Is Over sold when it debuted at number two last October. Just Can't Get Enough was also denied pole position by Flo-Rida, with Right Round triumphing on first week sales of 72,101. Forever Is Over trailed Chipmunk's Oopsy Daisy.
Apart from Missing You, the only other single to debut inside the Top 20 is In My System. The single, from Tinchy Stryder's third album, Third Strike, enters at number 10 (30,856 sales). It provides his fifth Top 40 entry.
And the only other new arrivals in the Top 40 are Ellie Goulding's The Writer (up 45-19, as mentioned above) and Brainwashed, the introductory hit by rapper Devlin, which debuts at number 31 (8,332 sales).
On its 21st appearance in the chart, OMG continues its slow decline for Usher feat. will.i.am. Falling 31-35, the former number one sold 6,948 copies last week, to lift its overall sales to more than 600,000.
Usher's biggest seller, it is probably only weeks away from becoming the biggest selling single of 2010. Its current tally of 600,750 trails only Helping Haiti's Everybody Hurts (620,377 sales) and Owl City's Fireflies (631,964).
OMG topped the singles chart on its fourth appearance but four weeks into its life Usher's follow-up, DJ Got Us Falling In Love (feat. Pitbull), is not making much progress. In fact, it's not making any progress. Its chart trajectory so far: 20-20-20-20.
I believe it's the first song ever to spend four consecutive weeks in the position, beating the 20-20-20-36 start of Diana Ross' 1993 re-entry of Chain Reaction. Despite OMG's big sales, parent album Raymond V. Raymond is becalmed by DJ Got Us Falling In Love's lethargic progress. Raymond V. Raymond falls for the seventh straight week, declining 77-87, with sales of 1,782 copies taking its 16-week tally to 135,810.
Singles sales dip 5.8% week-on-week to 2,531,555 - 9.47% above same week 2009 sales of 2,312,658.