Eminem‘s long-anticipated album Relapse has been given a release date along with a follow-up set to drop later this year.
The upcoming project will hit retail stores late spring.
Em’s first original studio album in over four years, Relapse (Interscope/Aftermath/Shady) will be released on May 19, 2009. The first single from the album “Crack A Bottle” and its accompanying video will see a simultaneous release on April 7th. (VH1)
The Shady Records label head discussed his album’s long delay.
“A lot of people were expecting Relapse to drop last year,” said Eminem. “I was one of them. Then [Dr.] Dre and I went back in the studio in September for a few days, and that turned into six months. We were on such a roll; we wound up with a ton of new music produced by Dre. Putting out Relapse 2 will let everyone get all of the best stuff.” (Press Release)
Em has a history of releasing chart topping music.
Eminem has sold more than 75,000,000 albums worldwide. His previous studio album, Encore, reached #1 and dominated the charts in late 2004. Certified quadruple platinum and spinning off four Top 40 Hot 100 hits, the Grammy-nominated disc has sold more than 11,000,000 copies around the globe. (Yahoo News)
50 Cent’s upcoming album, Before I Self Destruct, is set to follow Em’s release.
“My next album, Before I Self Destruct, is my fourth and the fifth is a greatest hits option forInterscope Records, so when they’re saying [last album], my contract will be up and I’ll be re-negotiating,” Fif said in a recent interview. “I could potentially be staying at Interscope or going somewhere else…My album Before I Self Destruct will be out in May. My record kinda got moved back because Eminem’s record will be coming out before me because Dre will have completed his project before I can get Dre to finish the pieces I need to complete my project.” (ABC Now)