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Eminem Tops Charts, 'Recovery' Goes Double Platinum

The rapper's "Love the Way You Lie" also knocks Taylor Swift's "Mine" off the Digital Songs chart

August 18, 2010 3:56 PM ET

Eminem reclaimed the Number One spot on the Billboard 200 as Recovery moved another 133,000 copies, moving past two million in sales. That makes it only the second release of 2010 to go double platinum. (Lady Antebellum's Need You Now was the first.) According to Nielsen SoundScan, Recovery is also the first album since Andrea Bocelli's My Christmas, released last November, to sell over 100,000 copies for eight consecutive weeks. One more week with 100,000-plus sales and Eminem will tie the nine-week record set by Now 20 in 2005. Eminem also retook the Digital Songs chart as "Love the Way You Lie" pushed Taylor Swift's "Mine" out of the top spot.

Last week's champ, Arcade Fire's The Suburbs, moved down to Number Two, with 52,000 copies sold. The album benefited from the Amazon MP3 Store discounting the album to $3.99 last week. With the price back up to $7.99 on Amazon, digital sales of The Suburbs dropped 74 percent in its second week. Filling in the Number Three and Four spots were a pair of debuts: the Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam soundtrack at Three, with 41,000 copies -- its predecessor sold 188,000 copies in its debut week in 2008 -- and at Number Four, Black Label Society's Order of the Black. Justin Bieber's My World 2.0 rounded out the Top Five. Mike Posner's debut LP 31 Minutes to Takeoff came in at Number Eight with 29,000 copies.

Total album sales were down 16 percent compared to the same week last year, and year-to-date sales are down 12 percent over the same time span from 2009.

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