Eminem‘s status as a lyrical and commercial wonder is not in doubt. The American superstar has retained his personal record as the highest selling rap artist of all time ever since he debuted his first album under Aftermath Entertainment.
With over 220 million albums sold worldwide, multiple platinum records and two diamond certified LP’s (The Marshall Mathers LP, The Eminem Show), the Detroit native has cemented his spot in music history as a commercial juggernaut. Eminem released Curtain Call: The Hits this year, which has sold at least 673,000 in 2021 according to HipHopDX.
The Curtain Call: The Hits is not a new project as the lyrical rap God didn’t release any new project this year. It came in at No.49 on the album’s 16th anniversary. The anniversary playlist did better compared to other rap projects from prominent rappers in the industry that released album’s this year like Tyler, CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST by The Creator’s, King’s Disease II by Nas, Young Thug’s Punk, Migos’ Culture III, etc.
Sixteen years ago, Curtain Call: The Hit debuted on the Billboard Hot 200 where it smashed sales records and went on to stay 500 weeks in the charts, making it the most successful longest charting rap album in history.
Eminem has released a total of 12 successful album’s to with –
• Infinite (1996)
• Slim Shady EP (1997)
• The Slim Shady LP (1999)
• The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)
• The Eminem Show (2002)
• Encore (2004)
• Relapse (2009)
• Recovery (2010)
• The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (2013),
• Revival (2017)
• Kamikaze (2018)
• Music to Be Murdered By (2020)
Eminem already had two albums to his name before Dr. Dre signed him to Aftermath Entertainment. He subsequently went mainstream in 1999 after the critical and commercial success of “The Slim Shady LP”. Throughout his career, all his album’s have done extremely well commercially for the Detroit native, although the “Relapse” album was met with mixed reviews from critics and fans alike.
Eminem has also been featured in a lot of other rap works with various American superstars including B.I.G, Jay Z, Dr. Dre, Lil Wayne, Dido, Rihanna, Beyonce, Ed Sheeran, Nate Dogg, 50 Cent, Drake, Akon, Sia, Royce da’59 Skylar Grey, Kendrick Lamar, D12, and so many famous artistes.
• GLOBAL SALES
Eminem has topped charts, won various awards like The Grammy’s, certified multiple platinum records, double diamond certified LP’s. His album sales also sets the US based rapper aside from the rest with millions of records sold globally.