Eminem’s latest album Recovery pushed out 741,000 copies in its first week. It’s the rappers sixth straight #1 solo debut (would be seven for seven if not for The Slim Shady LP reaching #2). That’s what having a legit fan base gets you.

No shots at Aubrey or anything but did you hear anybody really market the hell out of this album? All people needed was wind that an album by Marshall Mathers was soon to be released. No extra hype, no “please buy the album for the sake of hip-hop” talk, nadda.

“Recovery’s” debut week sales surpasses the first week of Eminem’s last set, “Relapse,” which began at No. 1 in 2009 with 608,000. It also beats the opening of 2005’s “Curtain Call: The Hits” which entered at No. 1 with 441,000 in 2005.

Eminem’s new album also wows digitally, as downloads made up 255,000 of its first week. That’s the second-biggest digital week for an album in history. Only Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends” notched a larger frame, when it debuted with 288,000 downloads in the summer of 2008.

Yeah, even with a leak, he still sold 250,000 off of iTunes. Pushed it up a day even. Yeah, Limelinx ain’t cutting it for the other rappers out. Those bars and subject matter? Do.

Billboard