Grammy-winning rapper Eminem’s new Marshall Mathers LP 2 album is already destined to topple the music charts next week but that’s not stopping the promo hype as Slim Shady has hooked up with Marvel Comics.
According to reports, Em graces the cover of Marvel Comics’ new Mighty Avengers #3 issue alongside superhero Iron Man.
Unlike Drake, Eminem isn’t worried about following the trend of “no new friends” in 2013. As such, the Detroit rapper teams up with Iron Man and Marvel Comics for the Mighty Avengers #3 variant cover. It’s designed by Salvador Larroca, who also did the cover for Eminem/Punisher: Kill You in 2009. Paul Rosenberg, Em’s manager and president of Shady Records, described this latest collaboration as a perfect chance to connect the dots between Marvel and the release of The Marshall Mathers LP 2. “When the opportunity came up for us to do a variant cover with Eminem and Marvel, we immediately thought about how cool it would be for Eminem to be sitting with one of his favorite super heroes on the steps of the now abandoned house that he grew up in,” he said. The Mighty Avengers #3 variant issue is available in comic book shops today. (Complex)
A few years ago, Eminem was featured in Marvel Comics’ The Punisher.
Unlike most bizarre celebrity cameos in comics, this one was done with Eminem’s full approval and cooperation. The story opens with the Punisher slaughtering Eminem’s bodyguards after a concert in Detroit. The downside to having Eminem’s approval is that you also get a sh*t-ton of Eminem’s suggestions… which explains why the story tries so hard to make him look like a bad-ass. When Punisher attacks him, he just happens to be carrying a Glock, and we later learn he’s wearing a bulletproof vest. (Cracked)
Based on one-day estimates, Slim Shady’s newest solo offering will easily topple all new music releases next week.
YOUR NEW RELEASES: Guess he’s earned the right to call himself a rap god, huh? Hip-hop megastar Eminem will score this year’s second largest debut this week. Here are this week’s key new releases: Eminem (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) 700-750k Celine Dion (Columbia) 70-80k Avril Lavigne (Epic) 40-45k Pentatonix (Madison Gate) 27-30k The Wanted (Mercury/IDJ) 18-20k Il Divo (SYCO/Columbia) 14-16k James Blunt (Atlantic) 14-16k Jake Miller (eOne) 14-16k M.I.A. (Interscope) 12-14k (HITS Daily Double)
Music insiders also projected Slim Shady’s new LP is would be the second-biggest release of 2013.
Eminem is set to rock the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart next week, as his new album, “The Marshall Mathers LP 2,” is on course to earn the second-largest sales week of the year and debut at No. 1. Released today (Nov. 5), industry sources forecast the new album to sell between 700,000 and 750,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Nov. 10. That should mark the second-biggest sales week of the year for an album, surpassed only by the debut of Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience,” which opened with 968,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan Currently, the year’s second-biggest week is owned by Drake’s “Nothing Was the Same,” which entered at No. 1 with 658,000. (Billboard)
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