On this day, exactly 13 years ago (November 12, 2004), Eminem released his 5th solo studio album, Encore under Aftermath Entertainment, Shady Records, and Interscope Records.
Encore sold 710,000 copies in its first three days, and went on to sell over 1.5 million copies in its first two weeks of release in the United States, certified quadruple-platinum that mid-December. 10 months after its release, worldwide sales of the album stood at 11 million copies. The album made digital history in becoming the first album to sell 10,000 digital copies in one week. As of November 2017, the album had sold 5,641,000 copies in the US.
Encore received generally mixed to positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 64, based on 26 reviews. By some many, the album is considered the weakest Eminem album in his catalog.
The album debuted at the top of the charts in 18 different countries, including United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, South Africa and New Zealand.
Encore is certified 6x Platinum in Australia, 5x Platinum in United States, New Zealand and Ireland, 4x Platinum in the United Kingdom, Platinum in Switzerland, South Africa, Russia, Norway, Japan, Germany, France, Denmark and Austria. Gold in Belgium, Argentina, Finland, Greece, Hong Kong, Mexico, Poland, Spain and Sweden and Silver in Portugal.
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