On this day, exactly 6 years ago (April 29, 2010), Eminem released “Not Afraid,” the first single of Recovery.
According to Nielsen SoundScan, “Not Afraid” sold 380,000 digital copies in its first week, giving Eminem the biggest sales week for a digital single between the beginning of 2010 and the date of the song’s release. “Not Afraid” proved to be successful when it debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number one, a feat only 15 songs had accomplished previously. The song was Eminem’s third number-one single on the Hot 100, coming after “Lose Yourself” and “Crack a Bottle”. In June 2014 the song was certified 10× Platinum (Diamond) by RIAA, selling 10,000,000 copies in the US.
“Not Afraid” received mixed to positive reviews from music critics, who praised the song for being anthemic in nature and carrying a positive message. The song did, however, face criticism for its sudden change in theme from previous singles, and was considered to be less affecting than some of his other songs.
“Not Afraid” has earned Eminem MTV Video Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards Japan, Grammy Awards, Billboard Music Awards and Detroit Music Awards.
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