The album appeared on numerous music critics' and publications' end-of-year albums lists. Rolling Stone placed the album at number 9 on their list of 30 best albums of the 2010. Rolling Stone placed Recovery and its single "Not Afraid" on their lists of Best Albums of 2010 and Best Singles of 2010 at number 9 and number 24 respectively.It received ten nominations at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards including Album of the Year and Best Rap Album. Recovery won the Grammy "Best Rap Album".

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Commercial Success

The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 741,000 copies. It became Eminem's sixth album to debut at number one in the United States. In its second week of release it remained at number-one and sold 313,000 copies.It also entered at number one on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Rap Albums chart. As of January 16, 2011, the album had sold 3.47 million copies in the United States.In its ninth week of release the album remained at number one for its seventh non-consecutive week and sold 116,000 copies.In its first nine weeks of release the album sold over 100,000 copies every week. As of December 2010, the album is No. 2 on the all-time list of albums with the most digital sales with 852,000 copies digitally sold, beaten only by The Fame by Lady Gaga with 884,000 copies digitally sold

The album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart, selling 140,000 copies in its first week in the United Kingdom. In Canada, the album sold 85,000 copies in its first week and debuted at number one on Canada's Albums Chart.The album spent six consecutive weeks at number one,and retook the top spot after one week at number 2.As of August 18, 2010, the album has sold 277,000 copies in Canada.In Japan, Oricon recorded a debut of number six with 20,678 units sold.It also went gold in its first week in New Zealand and Australia, debuting at number one in both countries.The album has since sold over 210,000 copies in Australia, certifying it triple platinum there.

As of December 28th, Recovery has sold over 5,700,000 albums worldwide.


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