'Rap God' Eminem Hits Platinum Status with 'Marshall Mathers LP 2' in Two Weeks
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.
The Detroit native has been a force on the singles charts, with four tracks featured simultaneously in the top 20 and ten featured on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart. Slim Shady's new hits make him the first artist since the Beatles in 1964 to have four songs concurrently highlighted on the Billboard Top 20 chart, a feat that also helped him pass the legendary rockers for the title of best selling artist of the past decade.
His top single, "The Monster" featuring Rihanna leads the album's top 20 singles, followed by "Rap God," Berzerk," "Survival," "Beautiful Pain," "Love Game," "Headlights," "Bad Guy," "Rhyme or Reason," and "Legacy."
Marshall Mathers LP 2 gives Em seven number one albums, with his only miss being Curtain Call: The Hits, which peaked at number two.
According to Billboard, Eminem is the fifth artist to have ten singles on the chart simultaenously since it adopted its "current sales/airplay/streaming methodology" 13 months ago. The other four are also rappers: Drake (who has done it four times), Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz.
Mathers recently spoke to Rolling Stone about the pressures he faced with the project and how his work ethic has changed over the years. Here's a portion of the interview:
"On his approach to the album:
['The Marshall Mathers LP 2' is] not necessarily a sequel, as much as it is a revisitation. So there's not gonna be, like, continuations of every old song on there or anything like that. To me, it's more about the vibe, and it's more about the nostalgia.
On pressures and process of making the album:
Calling it The Marshall Mathers LP 2, obviously I knew that there might be certain expectations. I wouldn't want to call it that just for the sake of calling it that. I had to make sure that I had the right songs - and just when you think you got it, you listen and you're like, 'F*ck, man! I feel like it needs this or that,' to paint the whole picture."
The full interview is available in the Nov. 7 issue of the magazine.
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