Today, 11 Years Ago, Eminem Released “Curtain Call: The Hits”



On this day, exactly 11 years ago (December 6, 2005) Eminem released Curtain Call: The Hits. The album is the first greatest hits compilation album by Eminem. It was released under Aftermath Entertainment, Shady Records, and Interscope Records. The album collects Eminem’s most popular singles, as well as four new songs, including a live version of “Stan”, featuring Elton John, from the 43rd Grammy Awards, plus new songs “Fack”, “When I’m Gone” and “Shake That” featuring Nate Dogg.


Curtain Call: The Hits debuted at number 1 on the UK Albums Chart and Billboard 200, after two sales days, in a similar fashion to Eminem’s previous album Encore. The album racked up first-week sales of nearly 441,000 and with close to 324,000 scans the second week for a two-week stay at number one. The disc scored nearly 1.2 million scans in its first three weeks of release. It also gave Eminem his fifth straight number 1 album in the US and UK when including the 8 Mile soundtrack.


Curtain Call was certified 7x Platinum by the RIAA in the United States and Ireland. 6x Platinum in the United Kingdom and Australia, 5x Platinum in New Zealand, 4x Platinum in Canada, 2x Platinum in Japan, Platinum in Denmark and France, and Gold in Argentina, South Africa, Poland, Norway, Austria, Brazil, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Sweden and Switzerland.


The album’s two singles, “When I’m Gone” and “Shake That”, peaked at numbers 8 and 6 respectively in the US Billboard Hot 100. Only “When I’m Gone” qualified for the charts in the UK, where it peaked at #4.


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