On this day, exactly 6 years ago (June 18, 2010), Eminem released seventh solo studio album Recovery under Shady Records, Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records as the follow-up to Eminem’s Relapse (2009). Originally planned to be released as Relapse 2, the album was renamed to Recovery when Eminem found the music of the new album different from its predecessor.
The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 741,000 copies. It became Eminem’s sixth album to debut at number one in the United States. In its second week of release it remained at number-one and sold 313,000 copies. It also entered at number one on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Rap Albums chart. In its ninth week of release the album remained at number one for its seventh non-consecutive week and sold 116,000 copies. By March 2011, the album was number one on the all-time list of albums with the most digital sales, with over 922,000 copies digitally sold at the time. As of July 2011, the album broke the digital record and became the first album to sell one million digital copies. It held the record for most digital albums sold, but was later outsold by Adele’s 21 album.
On August 18, 2011, the album was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in shipments and sales.As of November 13, 2013, the album has sold 4,513,000 copies in the United States. Since its United States release, the album spent a total of 27 weeks in the top 10 of the Billboard 200, which is more than any other hip-hop album since 2003. It spent seven weeks at number one in both the US & UK amongst other nations.
The album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart, selling 140,000 copies in its first week in the United Kingdom. In Canada, the album sold 85,000 copies in its first week and debuted at number one on Canada’s Albums Chart. The album spent six consecutive weeks at number one and retook the top spot after one week at number two.
By the end of its release year, Recovery had sold over 5.7 million copies worldwide. It was one of the best-selling album of 2010 in the United States with 3.4 million copies, and it had sold 2.3 million copies in other territories for a total of 5.7 million copies worldwide by December 2010.
According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, it was also the best-selling album of 2010 worldwide. The album was the best-selling album in Canada in 2010 selling 435,000 copies; more than double the album in second place. Recovery was the third best-selling album of 2010 in Australia.
Since its release in 2010, the album has sold 4.7 million copies in the United States and almost 10 million copies worldwide. Recovery also debuted at #1 in 41 different countries.
Recovery received positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 63, based on 28 reviews.
Recovery had earned Eminem American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, Detroit Music Awards and Grammy Awards (Including “Rap Album of the Year”). It was also nominated for Brit Awards, Juno Awards and MTV Video Music Awards Japan. Recovery went on to become the best selling album of 2010 in the US and worldwide. At the 2011 Grammys It was nominated for Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Record of the Year for the Album and the international chart topping single “Love the Way You Lie”.
Rolling Stone magazine ranked Recovery #9 on their list of “Best Albums of 2010,” SPIN magazine ranked #38 on their list of “40 Best Albums of 2010,” Complex magazine ranked it #3 on the list of “25 Best Albums of 2010,” and #4 on the list of “The 20 Best Comebacks in Rap History.”
The first single, “Not Afraid”, was released on April 29, 2010. The song sold 380,000 digital downloads in its first week, and became the sixteenth song in the history of the US Billboard Hot 100 to debut at number one; it is the second hip hop single to debut at number one following “I’ll Be Missing You” by Puff Daddy and Faith Evans featuring 112. It has sold more than 5 million copies and is certified 10× Platinum (Diamond) by RIAA in the US. “Not Afraid” which was directed by Rich Lee, premiered on June 5, 2010 through Vevo. The music video was shot in Newark, New Jersey and won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Video at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. The song also won Best Solo Rap Performance at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards.
The second single was released on August 9, 2010 titled “Love the Way You Lie”, which featured Rihanna. The song debuted at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 and later peaked number one. The song gave Eminem his fourth US Billboard Hot 100 number one and Rihanna her seventh. It also claimed the top spot on over 20 other charts worldwide. “Love the Way You Lie” went on to be number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 for seven consecutive weeks and is certified Diamond by RIAA and has sold more than 6 million in US.
Check the video catalog below:
Behind the scenes of Recovery photoshoot:
Recovery Tour documentary:
Listen to the full album below: