Huge Sales Debut For Eminem's 'Recovery'
June 30, 2010 at 11:52 AM (PT)
EMINEM's new album RECOVERY has debuted atop the charts this week with sales of 741,000, easily outpacing every other album this year, and posting the biggest debut sales in almost two years.
This comes on the heels of the huge debut of the album’s first single, “I’M NOT AFRAID,” which debuted at #1 on the BILLBOARD Hot 100 in May. The song was only the 16th in the 52-year history of the Hot 100 to debut at the top spot, and the first Rap song to do so in 13 years. The second single from the album, “LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE” (featuring RIHANNA), is already showing tremendous growth at radio, and debuts at #1 on the Singles chart this week, with sales of 337,000.
“It’s been 12 years since EMINEM signed to AFTERMATH and INTERSCOPE,” remarked JIMMY IOVINE, Chairman, INTERSCOPE GEFFEN A&M Records. “This is a real watershed moment in his career. In my opinion, with this album EMINEM’s impact on popular culture, and as a lyricist and writer, puts him on course to be mentioned in the same sentence as DYLAN, SPRINGSTEEN and BONO.”
With this huge sales debut, EMINEM is carrying his momentum from the previous decade into 2010. He was named NIELSEN SOUNDSCAN ARTIST OF THE DECADE for 2000-2009.