Today, 7 Years Ago, Eminem Released “Recovery”



On this day, exactly 7 years ago (June 18, 2010), Eminem released his 7th solo studio album Recovery under Aftermath Entertainment, Shady Records, and Interscope Records.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.


Producers include Alex da Kid, Just Blaze, Boi-1da, Jim Jonsin, DJ Khalil, Mr. Porter, and Dr. Dre. Eminem also collaborated with artists such as Pink, Lil Wayne, Slaughterhouse and Rihanna for the album.


The album debuted at #1 on the US Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 741,000 copies. It became Eminem’s 6th album to debut at #1 in the United States. In its 9th week of release the album remained at #1 for its 7th non-consecutive week. As of July 2011, the album broke the digital record and became the first album to sell 1 million digital copies. As of June, 2017, the album has sold 4,813,000 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.


The album also debuted at #1 in Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, Switzerland and United Kingdom. It debuted at #2 in Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, France, Norway and Poland. It sold over 10 million copies worldwide.


Recovery went 7x Platinum in Canada, 4x Platinum in Australia, 3x Platinum in the United States, United Kingdom and Ireland, 2x Platinum in Sweden and and Poland, Platinum in Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa and Switzerland, Gold in Belgium and Japan.


The album won American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, Detroit Music Awards and Grammy Awards. Rolling Stone magazine ranked Recovery at #9 on their list of Best Albums of 2010. Spin magazine ranked at #38 in the list of 40 Best Albums list for 2010. Complex Magazine ranked at #3 in the list of The 25 Best Albums Of 2010 and #4 in the list of The 20 Best Comebacks in Rap History.


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.


Stream the album below: