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Eminem tops albums chart for a fifth week, fending off Rick Ross

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Eminem just rode to a fifth straight week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album sales chart, selling another 187,000 copies of his Recovery according to Nielsen SoundScan. Scoring a big opening number is hard enough these days; sustaining such high sales for more than a month is rarer still.

Rick Ross, the man whom some expected to end Em’s chart reign, missed the mark by just 11,000 units in the end. Ross’ Teflon Don debuts at No. 2 with a solid 176,000 copies sold. That’s actually a bit higher than his chart-topping Deeper Than Rap did last year (158,000), so hopefully Ross is celebrating somewhere today even though he had to settle for second-best.

From there it’s a steep drop to No. 3, where we find Sheryl Crow’s 100 Miles from Memphis with an okay-not-great 55,000 copies sold. No. 5 goes to those irrepressible Kidz Bop Kidz, whose Kidz Bop 18 (featuring covers of Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, and more) sold 43,000. At No. 7 it’s the Jonas Brothers’ Jonas L.A. soundtrack, whose 32,000 bow hardly compares to the kind of digits they were once able to post.

Those were the only notable new entries in this week’s Top 20. What do you think? Surprised that first-week Rick Ross couldn’t quite beat fifth-week Eminem? Who do you think will finally knock Em out of that No. 1 spot?

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