On this day, exactly 5 years ago (June 14, 2011), Eminem and Royce Da 5’9″ aka Bad Meets Evil released Hell: The Sequel EP under Shady Records and Interscope Records. The Project focuses on hardcore hip hop and midwest hip hop and features the executive producers Eminem and Mr. Porter, with production handled by Bangladesh, Sid Roams, Havoc, DJ Khalil, The Smeezingtons and Supa Dups, among others.
The EP produced two singles, the lead single, “Fast Lane” which was considered a highlight from the EP, while the second single, “Lighters” (featuring Bruno Mars), was met with mixed reviews.
Hell: The Sequel received generally positive reviews from most music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 72, based on 14 reviews, which indicates “generally favorable reviews”.
Hell: The Sequel debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart with sales of 171,000 copies. On its second week, the EP managed to sell 63,000 copies to have a total of 234,000 copies. On August 18, 2011, the EP was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipping over 500,000 copies. As of today, the album has sold over 1,050,000 copies in the US and over 3.6 million Worldwide.
The EP also debuted at number one on the Canadian Albums Chart, selling 21,000 copies in its first week.This makes Eminem the first artist in five years to have two number one albums in a 12-month period: Hell: The Sequel and Recovery. It also entered in the top charts in the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Switzerland and even in Taiwan.
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