Eminem’s comeback reached another landmark today, as his “Recovery” LP was officially confirmed as the United States’ best-selling album of 2010, with 3.42 million copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The MC had previously nabbed the top-selling album of the year in 2002, when “The Eminem Show” moved 7.61 million.
It’s the first time since SoundScan began tracking music sales in 1991 that an act has copped the top-selling album in more than one year.
“Recovery” is the biggest-selling album of a year since 2007, when Josh Groban’s “Noel” sold 3.70 million. In 2009, Taylor Swift’s “Fearless” was tops with 3.22 million, and in 2008, Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter III” reigned with 2.87 million.
“Recovery” made big news when it arrived on the Billboard 200 chart at No. 1 back on July 10, 2010. It was Em’s sixth chart-topper (and sixth No. 1 in a row) and launched with 741,000 copies in its first week. At that point, it was biggest single-sales week of the year for an album, although that feat that would later be broken by the arrival of Taylor Swift’s “Speak Now,” which shifted 1.05 million when it exploded at No. 1 on the Nov. 13, 2010, chart.
Speaking of “Speak Now,” after only 10 weeks in release, the set finishes 2010 as the third-best seller of the year with 2.96 million. It stands behind Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now,” which is No. 2 with 3.09 million.
Even with the comparatively late release date of “Speak Now,” Swift is also 2010’s best-selling act in terms of overall albums, with 4.47 million sold. She’s just ahead of Eminem, who shifted 4.32 million last year.
Swift is no stranger to the year-end top 10-selling albums tally, as she’s placed a set among the 10 biggest albums every year since the 2007 recap. That year, her self-titled album was the ninth-biggest seller, with 1.95 million. In 2008, it was the No. 6 best, with 1.60 million. And, as earlier mentioned, Swift’s “Fearless” was 2009’s biggest album.
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