Hip-hop reigned supreme on this week’s Billboard 200. For the third consecutive week, Eminem’s Recovery took Number One, selling an additional 229,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. Drake’s Thank Me Later followed at Number Two with 74,000 copies. And the week’s big debut belonged to Big Boi, who grabbed Number Three with his debut solo disc Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, moving 62,000 copies in its first week on shelves. Rounding out the Top Five were a pair of chart staples: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack at Number Four and Justin Bieber’s My World 2.0 at Five.
Only one more debut managed to break into the Top 10: Enrique Iglesias’ Euphoria arrived at Number 10, selling 27,000 in its first week. Further down, Bret Michaels’ solo record Custom Built entered the Billboard 200 at Number 14 with 22,000 copies. The disc, which features a duet with Miley Cyrus and a Sublime cover, marks the singer’s highest chart position since Poison’s Flesh and Blood debuted at Number Two in 1990, Bilboard reports. Kylie Minogue’s Aphrodite was the last of the new albums to debut in the Top 20, scoring Number 19.
Overall album sales were down 28 percent compared to the same week in 2009. Next week, Eminem’s Recovery will get new competition from M.I.A.’s Maya and Korn’s Korn III: Remember Who You Are.