No more rumors about when Em will drop some new material. Thanks to a limited edition snapback being sold here, which also honors the Detroit Tigers making it to the World Series, we get official confirmation that Marshall is planning on releasing his 8th studio LP in the year 2013.
For a limited time only in honor of the big games and the hometown team’s return to The D we are pleased to offer the Eminem Baseball Tribute Hat in both home and away colors. Side panel is dedicated to the landmark Eminem solo albums. A portion of the proceeds will go to The Marshall Mathers Foundation.
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Hip-hop heavyweights Eminem and Lil Wayne have been crowned the ‘Gods of Rock’ by the editors of GQ magazine. The rap tandem appears alongside rock ‘n’ roll’s elder statesman Keith Richards on the cover of the magazine’s November issue. In an extensive feature, Eminem opens up about overcoming his past drug addictions.
The 39-year-old rapper tells GQ Senior Editor Will Welch that his addiction started around the time he was recording 2000 album ‘The Marshall Mathers LP’ and peaked during the recording of his fourth album ‘Encore.’
“Five or six songs leaked from the original version of ‘Encore,’” Em recalls. “So I had to go in and make new songs to replace them. In my head, I was pissed off: ‘Oh well. Songs leaked. F—k it. I’m just going to take a bunch of f—-ing pills and go in there and have a party with myself.’ I’m sure the more pills I took, the goofier I got.”
Today, Eminem is clean and sober and feels his sobriety helps him stay more focused with his music.
“I’ve realized that the way I am helps with the music. Sporadic thoughts will pop into my head and I’ll have to go write something down, and the next thing you know, I’ve written a whole song in an hour,” he says. “But sometimes it sucks, and I wish I was wired like a regular person and could go have a f—in’ drink.”
Eminem is among the 43 artists profiled in GQ’s special ‘The Survivors’ portfolio, which features Lil Wayne, Keith Richards, the Black Keys, Erykah Badu, Metallica, Raekwon the Chef, TV on the Radio, Jack White and others. The magazine wanted to pay tribute to artists who have survived through career lulls, drug addictions, prison and personal tribulations.
GQ’s November 2011 issue hits newsstands on Oct. 25.
There were a number of cyphers tonight on the BET Hip Hop Awards, but none were as good as Shady 2.0′s. Catch Yelawolf, Slaughterhouse, and Em go to work.
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At the halfway point of 2011, it shouldn’t be surprising that Adele’s 21 is the top-selling album of the year. But did you know that thanks to that big boost, alongwith solid entries by the likes of Lady Gaga and Mumford & Sons, album sales are actually up for the first time in seven years?
According to the mid-year report published by Nielsen SoundScan, a few more than 155 million albums have moved in the first six months of 2011, compared to the just under 154 million that sold during the same time in 2010. That’s a whopping one percent gain!
It’s always good to be up, but considering album sales have been in total freefall for years (at this time last year, sales were down 11 percent compared to the same time in 2009), there was really no place to go but up.
There are some real reasons to celebrate, though. In the same week that Eminem’s Recovery became the first album to sell over a million digital copies, overall digital track sales are up 11 percent over last year. The first part of 2011 also marks the first time that a song has sold over four million digital copies in six months, and it actually happened twice (if you guessed Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” and Katy Perry’s “E.T.,” give yourself a pat on the back for not being in a coma this year).
There are other signs of life too, as catalog sales are up seven percent (meaning that people are just as interested in old music as they are in new stuff) and vinyl sales are up a whopping 41 percent (which means that people also want to hear music on old technology). That vinyl figure is a little inflated, considering it only represents a hair under two million total big black discs sold, but the music industry will take what they can get.
Finally, anybody who doesn’t particularly care for Lady Gaga’s brand of pop revivalism (we know you’re out there, lurking in the comments section) can feel good that album sales would still be up a hair even if Born This Way hadn’t had its massive million-selling opening week.
For those keeping score at home, the 10 biggest selling albums of 2011 so far are Adele’s 21, Gaga’s Born This Way, Mumford & Sons’ Sigh No More, Jason Aldean’s My Kinda Party, Bruno Mars’ Doo-Wops & Hooligans, Justin Bieber’s Never Say Never: The Remixes, Chris Brown’s F.A.M.E., Now 37, Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday and Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream.
The top-selling singles are Katy Perry’s “E.T.,” Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” Cee-Lo Green’s “F— You,” Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” Rihanna’s “S&M,” Jennifer Lopez’s “On the Floor,” the Black Eyed Peas’ “Just Can’t Get Enough,” Chris Brown’s “Look at Me Now,” Bruno Mars’ “Grenade” and Perry’s “Firework.”
This week, Eminem’s “Recovery” becomes the first album to sell a cumulative 1 million downloads in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The 2010 Web/Shady/Aftermath/Interscope set’s total digital haul now stands at 1,001,000. (Overall, the album’s total U.S. sales — including physical copies — stands at more than 3.9 million.)
Since SoundScan began tracking digital album sales in 2005, a total of 12 titles have moved at least 500,000 downloads. Nipping at Eminem’s heels is the red-hot Adele, whose 2011 album, “21,” will likely surpass 1 million downloads next week.
“Recovery” debuted at No. 1 on both the Billboard 200 and Top Digital Albums chart a little over one year ago. It spent seven weeks atop both lists.
Two weeks ago, Eminem’s fingerprints were at No. 1 on those charts once again, but this time as one-half of the hip-hop duo Bad Meets Evil (with Royce da 5’9″). Its “Hell: the Sequel” effort debuted atop both tallies, shifting an overall 171,000 in its first frame (89,000 were downloads).
In a statement, Interscope Records vice chairman Steve Berman said regarding Eminem’s digital feat: “‘Recovery’ selling one million digital albums is an incredible achievement by an incredible artist. I have had the pleasure of working with Eminem throughout the course of his career, and I’m delighted to be a part of yet another milestone on his amazing journey.”
The rapper’s manager, Paul Rosenberg, added “We are thrilled to congratulate Eminem on the history-making digital sales success of ‘Recovery.’ Over the years we’ve made a concerted effort to engage Em’s online fan base so this achievement is especially rewarding. Eminem made an amazing album with Recovery and the fans responded in record numbers.”