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Eminem's "Recovery" named top-selling album of 2010

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Eminem's "Recovery" is complete. Again.

The Detroit rapper's 2010 album was the top seller of the year with 3.42 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was also the top-selling digital album, with 852,000 downloads.

"Recovery" was Eminem's sixth album to debut at No. 1 when it was released in July, selling 741,000 copies in its first week, and it's also the biggest top-seller of a year since 2007, when Josh Groban's holiday set "Noel" sold 3.7 million copies.

Eminem, who's preparing for his second feature film role starring in the boxing drama "Southpaw" and is up for 10 Grammy Awards on Feb. 13, is also the first artist to score more than one top-seller of the year since SoundScan tracking technology went into effect in 1991.

Trailing Eminem in 2010 were Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" at 3.09 million copies and Taylor Swift's "Speak Now," which sold 2.96 million in just 10 weeks. Swift was the top-selling album artist of 2010 with sales of 4.47 million copies of her three albums, ahead of Eminem's 4.32 million in total album sales for the years.

The rest of 2010's Top 10 albums included: Justin Bieber, "My World 2.0," 2.32 million; Susan Boyle, "The Gift," 1.85 million; Lady Gaga, "The Fame," 1.59 million; Sade, "Soldier of Love," 1.3 million; Drake, "Thank Me Later," 1.27 million; Usher, "Raymond v. Raymond," 1.18 million; and Ke$ha, "Animal," 1.14 million.

Overall album sales in 2010 were down 12.8 percent from 2009, with 326.2 million sales. CD sales fell almost 20 percent, while digital downloads grew 13 percent and accounted for more than 26 percent of all album sales.

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