Eminem made fans drop jaws and open wallets when he sprung his surprise LP, ‘Music to be Murdered By,’ on the masses January 17th.
Coming as his 11th studio album, the 20-track set followed 2018’s ‘Kamikaze’ and was quickly showered with praise from fans and critics alike. Going to chart battle with Pop sensation Halsey, late rapper Mac Miller, and a number of other highly anticipated releases, industry analysts predicted ‘Music’ would not only sell over 300,000 its first week but would also easily outpace the competition in the race to the top of the Billboard 200 (as we reported here).
Now with its inaugural tracking week in its rear view, it’s been unveiled just how many units Em’s effort shifted. Look inside to see:
‘Music to be Murdered By’
First Week Sales (SPS): 279,000
First Week Sales (Pure): 117,000
Chart Debut Position: #1
‘Music’ may have missed its predicted mark overall, but its pure sales did fall in the expected range (100-125,000). Paling in comparison to the 434,000 its predecessor, ‘Kamikaze,’ amassed in 2018, ‘Music’ managed to surpass the so-so performance of its 2017 forerunner, ‘Revival,’ which opened with 267,000.
Coming as Em’s 10th consecutive Billboard 200 chart-topper, the latest win pencils him in history books as the artist with the most consecutive #1 albums.
Eminem [also] breaks out of a tie with Kanye West for the most No. 1 debuts in a row on the Billboard 200, as Music to Be Murdered By clocks his 10th consecutive chart-topping arrival. West most recently notched his ninth straight No. 1 debut with Jesus Is King in 2019.”
Special note: With ‘Music,’ Eminem narrowly maintains his record as the second oldest rapper to top the Billboard 200. Jay-Z earned the title as oldest in 2017 when his title, ‘4:44,’ bowed at #1 on the tally (just 4 months shy of his 48th birthday). Em – who is currently 47-years-old – is 10 months away from his 48th.