On this day, exactly 3 years ago (Nov. 5, 2013), Eminem released his eighth studio album The Marshall Mathers LP 2. It serves as a sequel to The Marshall Mathers LP released back in 2000. The album features guest appearances from singers Skylar Grey, Rihanna, Nate Ruess, Sia and the rapper Kendrick Lamar.
In the United States, MMLP2 debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling more than 793,000 copies in its first week, becoming the second-biggest debut of 2013 and the second-largest sales week of the year, only behind the debut of Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience, which bowed at number one with 968,000 in March. The Marshall Mathers LP 2 logs the sixth-biggest sales week of the past five years. The album also marks Eminem’s seventh No. 1 album. In its second week the album dropped to number two, selling 210,000 more copies. In its third week the album returned to number one on the Billboard 200, selling 120,000 more copies. The album sold 1,727,000 copies in the United States in 2013, making it the second best-selling album of the year. As of April 2015, the album has sold 2,244,000 copies in the United States according to Nielsen Soundscan.
In the United Kingdom, the album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart, selling over 143,000 copies, becoming Eminem’s seventh consecutive No. 1 album in the UK. By achieving such a feat, Eminem became the first American act to score seven consecutive UK Number 1 albums and is now on par with The Beatles in second place for the most chart-topping UK albums in a row. The album was the best-selling album of 2013 in Canada, with over 242,000 units sold. In Australia, the album debuted at atop the ARIA Albums Chart, with only three days of chart sales, becoming his seventh No. 1 album in the country. The Marshall Mathers LP 2 finished 2013 with 3.8 million copies sold worldwide. By November 2016, the album sold 7.5 Million copies Worldwide.
The Marshall Mathers LP was #1 album in 84 countries, including United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and almost every European countries. It went 4x Platinum in Canada, 3x Platinum in the United States, 2x Platinum in Australia, United Kingdom and Poland, Platinum in Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Sweden and Switzerland. It went Gold in Belgium, Italy and Mexico.
The Marshall Mathers LP 2 has received generally 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 72, based on 33 reviews, indicating “generally favorable reviews.”
Closing out the year, The Marshall Mathers LP 2 was ranked in multiple “Albums of the Year” lists. XXL named it the second best album of the year. Complex ranked the album number six, on their list of the 50 best albums of 2013, Music critic Robert Christgau named it the seventh best album of 2013 in his year-end list for The Barnes & Noble Review. Digital Spy placed it at number 14 on their list of the best albums of 2013. It was placed at number 24 on Rolling Stone‘s list of the 50 best albums of 2013. Spin also ranked it at number 28 on their list of the 50 best albums of 2013. It was also listed at number 48 on the PopMatters list of the best albums of 2013. It was positioned at number 64 on MusicOMH‘s list of the top 100 of the year.
The album won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album at the 57th Grammy Awards and Top Rap Album at the Billboard Music Awards. MMLP2 was also nominated for Album of The Year at BET Hip-Hop Awards.
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