On this day, exactly 7 years ago (May 19, 2009), Eminem released his sixth solo studio album Relapse under Shady Records, Aftermath Entertainment, and Interscope Records.
One of the most anticipated album releases of 2009, Relapse debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 608,000 copies in its first week and became top selling album of the year 2009. In Canada, the album sold 64,000 copies in its first week and debuted at number 1 on the Canadian Albums Chart.
Relapse managed to reach the number one spot in its first week in 17 other countries including Australia, France, Norway, Denmark and New Zealand, while climbing into the Top 5 in many other countries, including Germany, Italy, Finland, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland and Sweden.
Relapse became the best selling rap album of 2009. As of today, Relapse has sold 2.6 milliion copies in the United States. The album was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America on August 27, 2010.
Relapse received generally mixed reviews from music critics. It holds an aggregate score of 59 out of 100, based on 27 reviews, at Metacritic. Rolling Stone and Allmusic gave highest scores, 4 stars out of 5.
At the 52nd Grammy Awards, the album won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album and its first single “Crack A Bottle,” featuring 50 Cent and Dr. Dre, won Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.
Stream the album below: