Linkin Park’s fourth studio album “A Thousand Suns” debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 this week with 241,000 copies sold, barely edging out Trey Songz’ fourth albums “Passion, Pain and Pleasure,” which enters at number two with 240,000 sold.

“Suns” is the band’s third number one album, though it’s off to a much slower start than some previous entries. “Minutes to Midnight” debuted with more than 620,000 copies sold in 2007.

Eminem’s “Recovery” remains at number three, with 89,000 sold, while country singer Jamey Johnson enters the chart at number four with “The Guitar Song,” selling 63,000 copies. Robert Plant rounds out the top five with “Band of Joy,” with 49,000 sold.

“Recovery” is enjoying it’s 14th week in the chart’s top five; it has sold more than 2.5 million copies to date.

Though Sara Bareilles notched a number one debut last week with her sophomore album “Kaleidoscope Heart,” the set took a big tumbled, dropping 69% week to week and falling to number 12 on the chart.

According to Billboard, overall album sales totaled 5.3 million units, down 17% from the same week in 2009.

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