News: Eminem Destined For No. 1 W/ Newest "Marshall Mathers LP 2" Sales Projections

Friday, Nov 22, 2013 11:41PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Grammy-winning rapper Eminem is slated to make a strong return back atop the music charts with Marshall Mathers LP 2 projections up to 125,000.

Based on weekend estimates, Slim Shady's newest offering is expected to once again reign as the number one album in the country next week.

YOUR TOP 15 (PLUS ONE): Eminem returns to #1 next week, but it will be a brief stay--One Direction hits the street on Monday. Here's how it looks headed into the weekend: Eminem (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) 120-125k *Five Finger Death Punch (Prospect Park) 75-80k Now 48 (UMe) 65-70k *Hunger Games (Republic) 55-60k *Daughtry (19/RCA) 55-60k The Robertsons (EMI Nashville) 55-60k Lady Gaga (Interscope) 50-55k *Yo Gotti (RCA) 40-45k (HITS Daily Double)

This past week, Em's new LP reached platinum status after only two weeks in stores.

Eminem's new album The Marshall Mathers LP 2 has achieved certified platinum status just two weeks after its release, according to Billboard. The 40-year-old secured 792k sales in its debut week, which made the climb to 1 million records sold relatively easy this week. The MMLP2 track "Berzerk" snagged platinum honors back in October and "The Monster" featuring Rihanna looks to be headed to similar success. The duo previously hit 11-times platinum status with their track "Love the Way You Lie." Despite posting the second-highest first week sales of 2013, Em's album was knocked out of the top spot this week by Lady Gaga's new release, ARTPOP. (Design N Trend)

According to Nielsen SoundScan's official tally, Slim Shady's new LP pushed out a massive 792,000 copies in week one.

As reported yesterday, Eminem makes a splash at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, as his new album "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" debuts atop the list with 792,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan. It marks the second-largest sales week of the year, behind only the arrival of Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience," which started with 968,000 in March. The year's second-largest week had been the debut of Drake's "Nothing Was the Same" (658,000). (Billboard)

A few years ago, Em downplayed the importance of selling millions of albums.

"I don't think I've actually stopped to think about it," Eminem said referencing being named artist of the decade. "I never thought that my life would amount to this. But to be able to sit back and digest it is so strange to me, because I still feel so regular. I don't understand what people think the big deal is about me. It's a very strange relationship that I have with fame...Honestly, as long as people enjoy the music, that means the most to me. I could sell 80 million records in the first week, and if my peers or fans of real hip-hop didn't like it, it really wouldn't mean anything." (Rap Radar)

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