On this day, exactly 6 years ago (June 14, 2011), Eminem and Royce Da 5’9″ released Hell: The Sequel EP as a duo Bad Meets Evil. The EP focuses on hardcore hip hop and midwest hip hop. The album features production from Mr. Porter, Havoc, Bangladesh, The Smeezingtons, Supa Dups and Sid Roams. Bruno Mars, Slaughterhouse and Mike Epps appear as guest artists.
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.” The A.V. Club and Entertainment Weekly gave the highest score of 83.
Hell: The Sequel debuted at #1 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 RIAA for shipping over 500,000 copies.
The EP also debuted at #1 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 into the top charts in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, Taiwan and United Kingdom.
Hell: The Sequel EP received Gold certification in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. Till this day the EP sold 3,600,000 copies worldwide.
The EP produced two singles: “Fast Lane” and “Lighters,” featuring Bruno Mars. “Lighters” impacted Top 40/Mainstream radio on July 5, 2011. The song has peaked at #4 on Billboard Hot 100 charts.
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