CSPC: Eminem Popularity Analysis

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Original Album Sales – Comments

1999 The Slim Shady LP – 10,100,000
2000 The Marshall Mathers LP – 22,900,000
2002 The Eminem Show – 21,400,000
2002 8 Mile – 10,200,000
2004 Encore – 11,400,000
2009 Relapse – 4,400,000
2010 Recovery – 8,200,000
2013 The Marshall Mathers LP 2 – 4,700,000

Over the curse of 8 albums and 14 years, Eminem found a way to sell the superb total of 93,3 million studio albums.

Obviously the market was more favorable to sell albums in early 00s, with no digital sales a very low physical singles at the time, thus the popularity of an era was heavily focused into the album sales. This doesn’t change the fact Eminem overshadowed pretty much every other artist for the period. Both The Marshall Mathers LP and The Eminem Show easily eclipsed the 20 million sales level, the only male albums to do so since Michael Jackson golden years.

Each of his five first albums are also now over the 10 million mark – not counting 2005 compilation Curtain Call which got there too. In recent years, the rapper perfectly operated the transition to new formats. Relapse first looked like the end of golden years for him but Recovery has set him back at the very top of the game by being the Worldwide #1 album during 2010.

11 thoughts on “CSPC: Eminem Popularity Analysis”

  1. Great Work MJD, as always! I knew Eminem was huge, but not that big in terms of other formats. Eminem added an impressive 53,8m with other formats. That’s impressive!

    I imagine Michael Jackson’s total will be massive! Keep up the good work!

    By the way, MJD, can you do a CSPC analysis on Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Beyonce and Usher when you’re done with your current projects? Thanks

  2. Amazing sales! He is probably the biggest artist of this millenium, even bigger than Britney.

    Can you tell us the difference between Madonna’s and Celine’s albums sales? Is there a chance that Celine can outsell her someday (at least in albums sales, Celine is not a singles artist).

    1. Yes sales numbers from SoundScan reveal Eminem beat The Beatles in 00’s he wins ‘Artist of The Decade’ awards 2000-2009.

  3. The official numbers say Recovery has sold 10m but I guess Relapse has sold less than 4,4m
    I believe it’s 4,0-4,1m

  4. It seems you love Eminem because don’t stop to tell the fake sales of media have for his albums like Eminem Show with 28millions or Marshall with 32millions. It’s good to know he has sold quite less than many websites say.

  5. What are Eminem’s at least top 20 best selling singles list?

    I love Eminem a lot, my favorite rapper and is definitely…


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