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Eminem Rockets to No. 1 with ‘Recovery’


The real Slim Shady is standing tall: Eminem’s Recovery debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 today, selling 753,870 albums, the biggest total of 2010 by more 250,000 copies.

Already boasting two No. 1 singles — “Not Afraid,” which Eminem performed last week on Letterman, and “Love the Way You Lie,” a collabo with Rihanna — Recovery‘s massive one-week total is the largest since AC/DC’s Black Ice arrived in October 2008. It also notched the second-most digital downloads ever recorded in a single week, only about 30,000 copies off the pace set by Coldplay’s 2008 effort Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends.

It’s the Detroit rapper’s sixth No. 1 album, the second-highest total in hip-hop history, only trailing pal Jay-Z’s 11.

The debut caps a solid month on the charts for hip-hop: Drake’s Thank Me Later topped last week’s album chart, moving 462,989 copies for the year’s fourth-largest weekly sales total, behind Eminem, Sade, and Lady Antebellum.The Toronto native/ex-Degrassi star/SPIN’s 2009 Rapper of the Year holds the No. 2 spot this week, after selling 156,451 albums.

Eminem takes his show on the road next week with a stretch of festival dates in Europe. Then comes his much-hyped “home-and-home” tour with Jay-Z, in which the rappers will play two September shows at Comerica Park in Em’s hometown of Detroit, then two at Yankee Stadium, in Jay’s own backyard. All four nights are sold out.

What do you think of Eminem’s Recovery? Sound off in the comments — and watch the video for “Not Afraid” here.

WATCH: Eminem, “Not Afraid”