While the competition sparring about control and kingship, Eminem is letting his numbers do the talking.
Released this week, the emcee’s eighth studio album ‘The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (MMLP2)’ has enjoyed blockbuster success the globe over – especially in the UK and US.
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According to Britain’s Official Charts Company, the ‘Berzerk’ led set is in course to become the fastest-selling album of the year in the UK. The impressive feat comes after the album sold a whopping 73,000 copies…in just 24 hours. If the LP’s strong sales continue, which the OCC have already confirmed as the case, it’ll see the project officially nab the title from Daft Punk and their hit album ‘Random Access Memories’ – which sold 165,000 (in total) during its premiere week back in May.
(Random fact: the UK’s total size is akin to that of Eminem’s home state, Michigan. Viewed this way, the numbers are ‘blockbuster’ defined, as it means that the concentration of sales is likely highest in the UK compared to other markets – such as the America, which boast bigger populations).
Still, on home soil, Slim Shady remains ever the unit-shifting force. For, despite educated estimates placing ‘MMLP2’ on-track for a #1 debut on the Billboard 200 with sales of 700,000, that number has been revised upwards and now has been the set in the 750k arena. The figure puts in the rapper in prime position for second fasest-selling album of 2013 in the States, bested only by Justin Timberake’s ‘The 20/20 Experience’, which debuted with 948,000 in March.
‘Em’s last album, ‘Recovery’, opened with 741,000 in the US in 2010.