On this day, exactly 14 years ago (May 21, 2002), Eminem released his 4th solo studio album The Eminem Show under Aftermath Records, Shady Records, and Interscope Records.
The album debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling approximately 284,000 units in its first week, which due to a premature release by retailers and street-date violations, counted only a day and a half of sales. The album sold 1,322,000 copies the following week, where it registered a full week of sales. The album topped the Billboard 200 for five consecutive weeks.
On March 7, 2011, the album was certified ten-times-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, making it Eminem’s second album to receive a Diamond certification in the United States.
The Eminem Show also spent five consecutive weeks at the top of the UK Albums Chart. As of today, the album has sold over 1.7 million copies in the UK.
The Eminem Show reached number one in 19 countries, including Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States, and was the best-selling album of 2002 in the United States, with 7.6 million copies sold. Since its release in 2002 the album has sold 11,600,000 copies in the United States.
In 2009, the album was ranked #317 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, and was later ranked at #84 on the same magazine’s best albums of the 2000s decade. The album received critical praise by most music critics and is often debated as Eminem’s most personal and best work. It has average score of 75 out of 100 on Metacritics.
At the 2003 Grammy Awards The Eminem Show was nominated for Album of the Year and became Eminem’s third record in four years to win the award for Best Rap Album.
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