Grammy-winning rapper Eminem‘s Recovery has scored the biggest sales debut since 2008 after selling 741,000 copies in a week.
According to reports, the record holder was rock band AC/DC.
Eminem’s “Recovery” is going quite well. The rapper’s CD sold 741,000 in its first week of release, making it the best debut of the year. The figures were released by Eminem’s record label, Interscope, on Tuesday and confirmed by Nielsen SoundScan. It’s actually the best album debut since October 2008, when AC/DC’s “Black Ice” topped the charts with sales of 784,000. (Associated Press)
Last week, Em’s project was projected to sell as many as 750,000 copies.
Shady’s back, all right. Eminem’s sales continue to grow, and in our latest upward revision this morning, we’re now calling the Recovery number 700-750k. That means the album isn’t just a lock to top the first week of his previous release, Relapse, it’s on track to be the biggest debut since AC/DC’s Black Ice bowed with 784k back in 2008. With the weekend ahead, it’s now just a question of how high it can go. Here are the seedings for next week’s Top 15 * Eminem (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) 700-750k Drake (Young Money/Cash Money/Universal Motown) 150-160k (HITS: Rumor Mill)
Recently, Em discussed not worrying about first-week sales.
“I don’t think I’ve actually stopped to think about it,” Eminem said referencing being named artist of the decade. “I never thought that my life would amount to this. But to be able to sit back and digest it is so strange to me, because I still feel so regular. I don’t understand what people think the big deal is about me. It’s a very strange relationship that I have with fame…Honestly, as long as people enjoy the music, that means the most to me. I could sell 80 million records in the first week, and if my peers or fans of real hip-hop didn’t like it, it really wouldn’t mean anything.” (Rap Radar)
Em’s manager, Paul Rosenberg, recently said the rap star is preparing to rebuild Shady Records.
“I think he’s really focused on the creative side. He’s never been someone who’s set out to have a bunch of different companies out there, sort of playing the system. He’s just not that kind of guy.” The one project Eminem and Rosenberg are focused on is the rebuilding of their label, Shady Records. “What we mean by that is finding great new artists,” Rosenberg says. “That’s one of the things he is passionate about.” Eminem has cited underground all-star group Slaughterhouse as his first planned signing, and he says more artists are on the table but not ready to be announced. (Billboard)