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Eminem’s New Deluxe Album Projected to Be His First Non-No. 1

Written by on December 20, 2020

Rappers have been living and dying by the deluxe album in 2020, and it looks like Eminem‘s attempt at catching the wave may cost him a No. 1 album streak.

Slim Shady released his Music to Be Murdered By – Side B (Deluxe) album on Friday (Dec. 18), following rumors he would be releasing the project. According to Hits Daily Double, Em’s new release is forecasted to move 70,000-80,000 equivalent album sales in the first week. If the numbers stay the course, that would only be good enough for a No. 3 debut on next week’s Billboard 200 chart; behind Taylor Swift’s Evermore and Sir Paul McCartney’s McCartney III.

This would mark the first time in Eminem’s illustrious career that his studio album did not debut at the No. 1 spot on the chart, dating back to 1999’s The Slim Shady LP. The 70,000-80,000 equivalent album sales would be by far Em’s worst debut week by close to 200,000 EAU. The closest would be 2017’s Revival, which moved 267,000 EAU in its debut week. The A Side of his Music to Be Murdered By album, released in January, moved 279,000 equivalent album sales in week one.

The B Side of the album was released with no official promotion, and was only not a complete surprise because the album cover leaked days prior to it coming out. The updated version features an additional 16 songs with gust appearances from Dr. Dre, Ty Dolla $ign, DJ Premier, Sly Piper, Maj and Skylar Grey. Of course, there is no Eminem album without some controversy. Eminem name-drops multiple rappers on the album including Snoop Dogg who he calls out on the track “Zeus.

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