With Eminem about to release his seventh studio album The Marshall Mathers LP 2, there is something nice about having the rapper back on the scene; who once sold more albums than any other MC before him. How Eminem managed this feat is anyone’s guess; but looking back on his past studios albums, it’s not hard to see why. He became the voice of a generation and is one of the most recognisable performers in the world.
Eminem released his first studio album ‘The Slim Shady LP‘ in 1999, spawning the catchy lead single, ‘My Name Is’. The single was a huge crossover success, climbing to #36 on the Hot 100. The album reached #2 on Billboard 200 and went 4x platinum in the US. In that same year, Eminem founded Shady Records with manager Paul Rosenberg. At The Grammys that year, Eminem won Best Rap Album and Best Rap Solo Performance for My Name Is.
The following year, Eminem released his second studio album ‘The Marshall Mathers LP’, which sold 1.76 million copies in its first week of distribution. The album also went nine times platinum. It’s lead single ‘The Real Slim Shady’, became Eminem’s first song to enter the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100. Subsequent single Stan, became the most successful single outside of the US, although it failed to reach the top fifty in the rapper’s home country. At The Grammys that year, Eminem again won Best Rap Album alongside Best Rap Performance By A Group, for ‘Forgot About Dre‘ and again Best Rap Solo Performance for ‘The Real Slim Shady‘.
Two years later, Eminem released his third studio album ‘The Eminem Show‘ in 2002, which debuted at #1 on Billboard 200 and reached a top spot on various charts internationally, going on to sell over 19 million copies worldwide. Singles released off the album included ‘Without Me‘ which peaked at #2 on Billboard’s Hot 100, and ‘Cleanin’ Out My Closet‘ which peaked at #34 on the Hot 100. It was also Eminem’s third consecutive studio album to win Best Rap Album at The Grammys.
The following year, Eminem earned critical acclaim for his acting role, in the film 8 Mile. The soundtrack for the film was also critically acclaimed and featured ‘Lose Yourself’, which was Eminem’s first song to hit #1 on the Hot 100. Not only did Eminem win Best Rap Song and Best Male Rap Solo Performance, both for Lose Yourself at The Grammys that year, but he also won an Academy Award for Best Music – Original Song for the very same track, which he shared with Jeff Bass and Luis Resto.
Eminem released his fourth studio album ‘Encore’ in 2004. His third consecutive studio album to reach #1 in the US, Australia, Canada, NZ and the UK; selling 11 million copies worldwide. The majority of the success of the album’s singles such as ‘Just Lose It’ and ‘Like Model Soldiers‘ came from the UK. These singles continually topped the UK singles chart.
After a four year break, Eminem released his fifth studio album ‘Relapse‘ in 2009; which was his fourth consecutive studio album to once again top the Australia, Canada, NZ, UK, US and various worldwide charts, with domestic sales of over 2 million copies.
In 2010, Eminem became the first artist to sell one million digital copies of an album in the US in that year, and also became the first artist in five years to have two No.1 albums within a 12-month period. His sixth studio album ‘Recovery‘, debuted at #1 on Billboard 200 and reached the top spot on various charts internationally.
Tomorrow will see the release of Eminem’s seventh studio album ‘The Marshall Mathers LP 2′. A number of singles have already been released from the forthcoming album including ‘Berzerk‘ (37,843,376 hits on YouTube), ‘Survival‘ (19,477,815 hits on YouTube) and ‘Rap God‘ (68,093 hits on YouTube).
Eminem was the best-selling hip-hop performer of all-time, plus the best-selling artist of the 2000s with album gross sales in excess of 32.2 million over the decade. With so much success already, time will tell if Eminem can dominate once again with the imminent release of his latest studio album.
Written by Maggie Sapet