July 1st, 2010
04:34 PM ET
If there was ever a doubt that Eminem had lost relevancy in the world of music, the hip-hop legend’s latest album offered over 741,000 reasons to think otherwise.
According to Nielsen SoundScan, Eminem’s latest record, “Recovery,” moved 741,000 units since being released on June 22. This marks the largest sales week since 2008, when AC/DC stormed the charts with “Black Ice.”
The album is also the sixth straight to debut at No. 1 for Eminem. Only 1999’s, “Slim Shady LP” failed to hit the top spot.
Both the fan and critical response to Eminem’s new album has been more than favorable. While in L.A. being honored with the Founders Award at this year's “ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Awards,” Eminem’s mentor , long-time collaborator and musical pioneer, Dr. Dre had nothing but praise for his protégé’s latest effort.
“That’s incredible,” He told CNN. “The Eminem album is ridiculous. Y’all should check it out!”
Outside of the music stores, “Recovery” is responsible for the second-biggest digital sales week in history with 255,000 units in digital sales,
“I must have gone through 200-300 beats,” Eminem told Billboard Magazine recently. “I wanted to put the best of the best on this record.”
Now, if only Eminem could get Dr. Dre to go ahead and release “Detox.”
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