On this day, exactly 15 years ago (September 17, 2002), Eminem released “Cleanin’ Out My Closet,” as the second single off The Eminem Show. The song was also included later on Eminem’s greatest hits album Curtain Call: The Hits, released in 2005.


It became the second Top 10 single from the album, reaching #4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, #4 on UK’s Single Charts, #3 in Australia and #3 in Europe. It’s one of the highest-charting singles of Eminem’s career. The song did not reach #1 on any foreign charts, but was certified Platinum in Australia and New Zealand and Gold in Sweden and Belgium.


“Cleanin’ Out My Closet” was also used in the initial theatrical trailer to Eminem’s film 8 Mile, released in November 2002. With the release of The Marshall Mathers LP 2 in 2013, Eminem apologized to his mother on the track “Headlights”.


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