News: Eminem's "Relapse" No. 1 Album Of The Year, Sales To Hit 630K In First Week

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 3:31PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

After landing at No. 1 in the UK with his fifth consecutive album, Eminem is on track to top all U.S. sales charts as Relapse will reportedly become the highest-selling debut of the year with estimated 630,000 sold copies in its first week.


In addition to Shady, other hip-hop debuts will also hit the charts.

The big story, obviously, is Eminem, whose appeal remains strong enough to get him the year's biggest debut at somewhere between 600k and 630k, leapfrogging Interscope labelmates U2, whose 484k is now the second biggest bow of '09. Both Method Man & Redman's Blackout 2! and Busta Rhymes' Back On My Bullsh*t is set to sell between 60k and 65k. (Rumor Mill Chart Preview)

Based on reports from iTunes, Relapse has landed within the top 5 digital downloads around the globe.

In the US, Relapse is # 1; In the UK Relapse stands at #2; Australia Relapse is #3; In France and Germany Eminem's album hits iTunes charts at #5.(iTunes)

Along with British rapper Dizzee Rascal, Em is again making a splash with Relapse in the UK

Rap artists celebrated a stellar sales week on Sunday's new U.K. sales charts, with Dizzee Rascal and Armand Van Helden's "Bonkers" (Dirtee Stank) new at the top of the singles survey, and Eminem's "Relapse" (Interscope/Universal) powering straight to No. 1 on the album bestsellers...The Eminem album is his fifth in a row to top the U.K. chart, a run dating back to "The Marshall Mathers LP" in 2000.(Billboard)

With 36 percent reporting, Hits Daily Double reports Eminem's Relapse sales at about 195K. Last week, one-day estimates predicted Slim Shady will lead all sales by leaps and bounds.

He may be a homophobic, pill-popping, celeb-dissing misogynist, but there are at least 600-650k others who can relate to Eminem. That's the number of people we estimate will pick up the Detroit hip-hop bad boy's Relapse, his first album for Shady/Aftermath/Interscope in almost five years, based on reports from retailers across this great nation of ours who haven't yet hung up a "For Lease" sign. U2 bowed at #1 with 480k back in March. Def Jam/IDJ's Method Man & Redman follows with 65-70k and Universal Motown's iconic Busta Rhymes, reunited with former Elektra topper Sylvia Rhone, both at between 60-65k. (Hits Daily Double)
To get an idea of how Shady is doing in the Big Apple, SOHH spoke with a Union Square Virgin Megastore to see how Tuesday's new releases are doing.

According to the rep, Busta Rhymes' Back On My Bullsh*t has sold 25 copies as of this afternoon, Redman and Method Man's Blackout 2 has sold 46 pieces and Eminem's Relapse is moving 216 copies since the store opened up this morning. (SOHH)

Busta Rhymes recently told SOHH that he looks forward to the first week sales for all hip-hop albums coming out, which includes albums from DJ Drama and Red Man and Method Man.

"I feel real good about it because its a great day in hip-hop," he told SOHH. "There aint been this much amazing releases on the same day in a minute. All of this dope shit in the marketplace, hip-hop needs it right now. We need it to show people how lucrative the business of hip-hop music still is on a corporate level. We need to also get these tours up and running. I just look forward to seeing what the outcome is going to be. I'm fans of every one of those artists I'ma be out there buying all three of them shits myself that day." (SOHH)

Be sure to check Sales Wrap tomorrow to see an official run down of music releases.

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