Not even Rick Ross’s big ass chain with his head on it was enough to dislodge Slim Shady from the top of Billboard’s album chart this week. The Miami rapper’s fourth album, “Teflon Don”, scans 176,000 copies, coming just under 10,000 units short of the top spot. Em’s “Recovery” is in week 5 at the top spot, with 187,000 copies sold. In just five weeks, it’s sold 1.7 million copies, thanks to Eminem’s loyal fan base and two huge hit singles. “Love the Way you Lie” is the most downloaded song in the country once again, with 332,000 more paid downloads to add to the list.

It was a fairly slow week for new releases (as has been the case for most of the past few weeks). Sheryl Crow scores the next highest debut with “100 Miles from Memphis”. Crow’s soul-drenched effort continues her streak of Top 5 studio albums, a streak that’s lasted nearly 20 years. However, it starts with a fairly anemic 55,000 copies. The Top Ten’s only other debut (hell, the Top 20’s only other debut) comes from “Kidz Bop 18” at #5 with 43,000 copies.

Albums are taking longer and longer to go Gold and Platinum these days, but in many cases, patience is paying off. At the beginning of the year, would it have even occurred to you that Train might be looking at a Gold album for their latest release, “Save Me, San Francisco”? Sure enough, 37 weeks after it’s release, the album stands at #37 on the album chart and it’s closing in on 400,000 sold. Considering that “Hey, Soul Sister” is the year’s top selling single and that it’s sure to receive some major Grammy love come year’s end, I’d say Gold status is a lock.

Another lock? A sixth week at #1 for Eminem. “Recovery” will probably be the only album to sell over 100,000 units next week, although there will probably be a strong first week number for the new Avenged Sevenfold record. Next challenger to Eminem’s reign? I’d bet on the Arcade Fire’s new one, which is coming out on August 3rd.

The week’s Top 20 after the jump.

This week’s Top 20 albums, according to Soundscan:

1) “Recovery” Eminem
2) “Teflon Don” Rick Ross
3) “100 Miles from Memphis” Sheryl Crow
4) “Thank Me Later” Drake
5) “Kidz Bop 18” Kidz Bop Kids
6) “My World 2.0” Justin Bieber
7) “Jonas L.A.” Soundtrack
8) “Now That’s What I Call Music 34” Various Artists
9) “Need You Now” Lady Antebellum
10) “The Fame” Lady GaGa
11) “Raymond v Raymond” Usher
12) “To the Sea” Jack Johnson
13) “Korn III-Remember Who You Are” Korn
14) “Foundation” Zac Brown Band
15) “Sir Lucious Leftfoot: The Son of Chico Dusty” Big Boi
16) “Euphoria” Enrique Iglesias
17) “Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury” Jerrod Niemann
18) “Twilight: Eclipse Soundtrack” Various Artists
19) “Live at the Troubadour” Carole King & James Taylor
20) “The E.N.D.” The Black Eyed Peas

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