In a day and age when artists can barely go gold, Eminem’s latest album has already been certified platinum in two weeks.
Recovery, the rapper’s seventh studio LP, tops the Billboard 200 albums chart for a second straight week selling 313,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album’s sales total 1.1 million copies in the U.S. since its release two weeks ago.
Drake claims the runner-up position as his debut album Thank Me Later comfortably sits at No. 2 in its third week with 105,000 units sold, down 33% from the previous week.
The-Dream’s Love King opens at No. 4 with 58,000. Despite being the final album in his Love trilogy, it sold less in its first week than its predecessors, 2009’s Love vs. Money (No. 2, 151,000) and 2007’s Lovehate (No. 30, 59,000).
On the Digital Songs chart, Eminem and Rihanna’s “Love the Way You Lie” holds strong at No. 1 for a second week with 280,000 downloads, while Kanye West’s new single “Power” debuts at No. 14 with 80,000.
Rapper Drake has been forced to cancel the European leg of his Home Away From Home Tour due to a family emergency.
The situation involved his mother, who needed surgery and the cancellations could not be avoided, according to the rapper.
“Despite my best hopes, it is apparent that my mother will need surgery earlier than anticipated. In light of this news, I have made the difficult decision to cancel my European tour in order to support her during her recovery, just as she supported me through the years,” Drake said in a statement. “I cannot thank my European fans enough and look forward to performing abroad soon. I ask everyone to please respect my family’s privacy during this time.”
Drake has canceled a total of 10 dates on the European run of the Home Away From Home Tour, which was supposed to start tomorrow (July 2nd) in Norway.
Shows in Paris, Amsterdam and London are already being scheduled for November 2010, where tickets will be honored for the rescheduled date.
Drake will hit the road again on July 16th, when he resume’s the Home Away From Home Tour at Ottawa Bluesfest.