June 24th, 2010
02:24 PM ET
One “Relapse” and a “Recovery” later, Eminem is poised to find himself at the top of the music charts.
According to Billboard, “Recovery” (released on June 21) is expected to exceed 600,000 copies by the end of the week. Reports also suggest that “Recovery” could surpass the opening numbers of the legendary Detroit rapper’s mediocre last effort, “Relapse,” which moved 608,000 units.
While some industry insiders will tell you they saw this one coming, fans and critics alike have been split on whether or not Eminem’s music still carries the same lyrical punch and cultural relevance found earlier in his career.
Regardless, this marks the sixth time in a row that Eminem has had an album debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Despite T-Pain’s gripes about a weak sales market and Drake’s astronomical rise to pop success, Eminem seems to carry a star power that withstands the changing tides in the industry.
Did you buy “Recovery?” Let us know what you think.
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