On this day, 12 years ago (September 28, 2004) Eminem released It was released as the lead single from Encore, and was later included on his greatest hits compilation album Curtain Call: The Hits (2005). The song caused controversy as its lyrics and music video parodies Michael Jackson, who was being accused of child molestation at the time. The song also pokes fun at Beavis/Cornholio, MC Hammer, Madonna, and others.
The song reached number one in Europe’s Hot 100 Songs charts, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, and number six in the United States Billboard Hot 100. Despite charting high, the song did not perform as well as his two previous lead singles, “The Real Slim Shady” (2000), and “Without Me” (2002). ‘Just Lose It’ also entered into the Top 10 songs chart in 29 different countries.
The song went platinum in Australia, Denmark and New Zealand and it went gold in Norway and United States. It received mixed reviews from critics, many of whom found it too similar to Eminem’s previous work.
A week after the release of “Just Lose It”, Michael Jackson called into the radio show of Steve Harvey to report his displeasure with the video.
“I am very angry at Eminem’s depiction of me in his video. I feel that it is outrageous and disrespectful. It is one thing to spoof, but it is another to be demeaning and insensitive. I’ve admired Eminem as an artist, and was shocked by this. The video was inappropriate and disrespectful to me, my children, my family and the community at large.”
Later, the video was nominated at the MTV Video Music Awards for Best Rap Video, but lost to Ludacris’ “Number One Spot”. Much Music’s 50 Most Controversial Videos ranked it #1 for its jokes on famous people.
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