News: Eminem's "Recovery" To Regain No. 1 Spot W/ Projected 155K Sales

Sunday, Aug 8, 2010 10:28PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Grammy-winning rapper Eminem's Recovery will reportedly regain its spot atop Nielsen SoundScan's Top 200 Albums list this week with projected sales over 155,000.

According to reports, Em's latest solo effort will scoot back up to the top album in its seventh week.

Eminem will achieve a seventh week with sales north of 100k when the HITS Album Chart is final next Tuesday. Surprisingly, the last time this happened was earlier this year, when Lady Antebellum scored seven straight weeks at 100k+ with Need You Now. For now, at least, these are the two albums battling for the title as the year's best seller. Including next week's projected totals, Lady Antebellum leads with about 2.5m, while Eminem, still selling five-to-six times more per week, will be just under 2m. Nearing the end of the sales week, it looks like Eminem will regain the #1 spot, though the challenge from Arcade Fire looks formidable and still may surprise come Monday, as the band racks up its best sales week ever. No matter which of these two adventurous albums wins out, it looks like the old maxim still holds up: Good records sell. Eminem (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) 150-155k (Hits Daily Double)

Last week, Em's Recovery dropped to the second spot after five weeks atop the chart.

Grammy-winning rapper Eminem's Recovery was finally taken off No. 1 after moving 158,700 copies to land at No. 2 as Avenged Sevenfold sold 162,900 records for the top spot. According to Nielsen SoundScan, Em's latest solo album has sold 1,828,300 records after six weeks in stores. (SOHH Sales Wrap)

Recently, Em discussed not worrying about record sales.

"I don't think I've actually stopped to think about it," Eminem said referencing being named artist of the decade. "I never thought that my life would amount to this. But to be able to sit back and digest it is so strange to me, because I still feel so regular. I don't understand what people think the big deal is about me. It's a very strange relationship that I have with fame...Honestly, as long as people enjoy the music, that means the most to me. I could sell 80 million records in the first week, and if my peers or fans of real hip-hop didn't like it, it really wouldn't mean anything." (Rap Radar)

Em's manager, Paul Rosenberg, recently said the rap star is preparing to rebuild Shady Records.

"I think he's really focused on the creative side. He's never been someone who's set out to have a bunch of different companies out there, sort of playing the system. He's just not that kind of guy." The one project Eminem and Rosenberg are focused on is the rebuilding of their label, Shady Records. "What we mean by that is finding great new artists," Rosenberg says. "That's one of the things he is passionate about." Eminem has cited underground all-stargroup Slaughterhouse as his first planned signing, and he says more artists are on the table but not ready to be announced. (Billboard)

Be sure to check Sales Wrap on Wednesday to find out if Eminem's Recovery charts atop its competition.

Check out Eminem speaking on his new album below:

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