The First Week Numbers for Eminem’s ‘Revival’ Are In

Eminem earned his eighth consecutive No. 1 debut after Nielsen confirmed Revival sold 267,000 equivalent album units during its initial week of release. The Shady brand is apparently still strong at retail, as Billboard reports 197,000 of the aforementioned 267,000 album units were traditional album sales. Per Billboard’s “multi-metric consumption” rule, that would leave 70,000 units comprised of from either track equivalent sales or digital streams.

Billboard noted that while Jay Z, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones also have eight No. 1 albums, no other artist has eight No. 1 chart entries in a row.

The updated figures give Eminem the third-largest sales week in hip-hop behind Kendrick Lamar’s Damn. and Drake’s More Life.

Marshall Mathers’ ascension to the top of the charts naturally means the previous leader has been dethroned. As such, Taylor Swift now occupies the second position, after Reputation racked up another 133,000 in sales last week and currently sits just shy of double platinum status.

The Beautiful & Damned by G-Eazy is the country’s third best-selling album, largely powered by the Cardi B and ASAP Rocky collaboration “No Limit.”

Ed Sheeran continues to flex sales appeal from across the pond as ÷ (Divide) boasts sales of 90,000 units to claim the fourth spot on the top albums chart.

Elsewhere, Jeezy’s Pressure gives Da Snowman his ninth album to hit Billboard’s Top 200 albums chart. Jeezy’s latest joins the top 10 thanks to 72,000 album equivalent units sold with traditional sales accounting for 54,000.

“The rapper has yet to miss the top 10 with a charting album, stretching back to his debut on the list, 2005’s Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101, which peaked at No. 2,” noted Billboard. “Among his nine top 10s are three No. 1s: The Inspiration (2006), The Recession (2008) and Trap or Die 3 (2016).”

You can read the full top 10 report via Billboard. And read our 2017 cover story on Em here.

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Eminem’s Ninth Studio Album is Reportedly on The Way

The ever-reclusive (and now bearded) Eminem has been making the rounds lately. The man formally known as Marshall Mathers has popped up on Instagram with 2 Chainz, and he can also be seen in a new viral video wishing 50 Cent a happy birthday. Does any of this mean new music is on the way?

In advance of the Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine’s HBO documentary, The Defiant Ones (which premieres tonight at 9 p.m. on HBO), director Allen Hughes revealed some information about what would potentially be Eminem’s ninth studio album.

“Dre still records,” Hughes told Uproxx. “People don’t know this: Dre records every day. Literally, he’s in there recording songs every day. He’s like Picasso in that way. He’s always painting. Right now he’s producing, in the 11th hour, a track for Eminem’s latest album. So Dre’s still real active in music, you know? But I hear what you’re saying. It’s the truth.”

It’s important to note that no one from Em’s camp or Aftermath/Interscope has mentioned anything about an upcoming album. So this news from Hughes—whose previous credits include Menace II Society and From Hell—are the first mention of a potential Eminem album under some type of deadline requiring additional touches from Dr. Dre “in the 11th hour.”

Hughes is a more than credible source, since he likely logged extensive time with Dr. Dre and Iovine for The Defiant Ones. And his observation that Dre still records every day matches similar statements from Bishop Lamont, Stat Quo and others.

Aside from gracing Big Sean with a feature “No Favors” earlier this year, things have been quiet for Eminem on the music front. Last October, Eminem surprisingly released the seven-minute track “Campaign Speech,” but fans haven’t seen a full-length studio album since 2013’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2.

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