Hip-hop superstar Eminem’s latest record was highly anticipated by both the fans and critics and it shows, as ‘The Marshall Mathers LP 2’ managed to sell 792,000 copies its first week, which was more than enough to top the Billboard chart, in addition to earning the second-largest sales week of 2013.
Even though the new number is not even close to the 1.76 million copies that the original album, ‘The Marshall Mathers LP’ sold back in 2000, it is still better than some of Eminem’s previous releases, including 2009’s ‘Relapse’, which sold 608,000 copies and 2010’s ‘Recovery’, which sold 741,000 copies. Moreover, the ‘Not Afraid’ rapper’s newest record was streamed 10 million times during its first week on Spotify.
Keith Caulfield, the associate director of charts/retail at Billboard said, “Unlike most people in the record industry, he’s consistently able to sell hundreds of thousands of records in one week. We’re talking about an artist repeatedly doing this since his second album. It’s normal for him.” ‘The Marshall Mathers LP 2’ also managed to rank sixth among albums with the largest sales week in the last five years, along with Taylor Swift’s ‘Red’ and ‘Speak Now’, Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’, Lil Wayne’s ‘Tha Carter IV’ and Justin Timberlake’s ‘The 20/20 Experience’.
Timberlake is still holding the No. 1 spot when it comes to the biggest sales week in 2013, with 968,000 copies in March 2013, Eminem claims the No. 2 spot and Drake comes in at No. 3 with ‘Nothing Was The Same’ and 658,000 copies sold in October 2013.
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