Eminem Shuts Down Naysayers: 10 Awesome Facts About His “Monster” Hit Album
Fellow musicians dissed it in print and in music. But once again Mr. Slim Shady has had the last laugh. Yes, Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" has parked itself on top of the charts, living up to the title of his current hit single by selling a "Monster" 792K copies in its first week.
This is the second highest one-week sales total of the year, behind only Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience," which sold 968K copies when it debuted in March.
Here are 10 amazing facts about Eminem's latest chart feat.
1. This is Eminem's biggest one-week sales tally since "Encore" sold 871K in its second week in November 2004. This is the greatest tally for a hip-hop album since Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter IV" debuted with sales of 964K in September 2011.
2. Eminem is the first artist in Nielsen SoundScan history (which dates to 1991) to top the 700K plateau in weekly sales with five different albums. Runners-up are Garth Brooks and Timberlake, who have each done it with three albums (giving Timberlake credit for two 'N Sync albums.)
3. "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" is Eminem's seventh No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, a total matched or surpassed by only one rap artist — Jay Z, who has had 13. All of Eminem's No. 1 albums have come since January 2000. Only two other artists from any genre have had seven or more No. 1 albums in this century. Jay Z leads with 11. Kenny Chesney has also had seven.
4. The Marshall Mathers LP 2 has already spawned three top 10 hits on the Hot 100: "Berzerk," "Rap God" and "The Monster" (featuring Rihanna). It's Eminem's first studio album to contain more than two top 10 hits.
5. Eminem this week becomes the first artist to sell 40 million albums in the U.S. since January 2000. Eminem has sold 43 million albums in his career. (His debut, "The Slim Shady LP," sold 2.8 million copies in 1999.) Eminem is the seventh best-selling album artist since 1991, when Nielsen SoundScan began tracking music sales. He's the No. 1 hip-hop artist and the No. 3 male solo artist, behind only country titans Garth Brooks and George Strait.
6. "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" also enters the U.K.'s Official Albums Chart at No. 1. It's his seventh album to reach No. 1 in both the U.S. and the U.K. Only three other acts in chart history have had seven or more transatlantic No. 1 albums. The Beatles had 10. Bruce Springsteen and Madonna have each had eight.
7. Eminem bumps Arcade Fire's "Reflektor" out of the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200. This marks the second time that Eminem has dislodged the Canadian band from the top perch. Eminem's last album, "Recovery," returned to No. 1 in August 2010, displacing Arcade Fire's last album, "The Suburbs."