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Headache in a Suitcase 08-30-2004 11:41 PM

U2's Novemeber #1 Hopes Just Took A Hit... New Eminem Due Nov 16th
If U2 wants to claim the #1 spot in America on November 23rd, they're gonna have to knock off a guy who's last two albums were absolute juggernauts in their first few weeks... should be interesting...


NEW YORK (Billboard) - Oscar-winning rapper Eminem (news - web sites) will release his fourth album, to be called "Encore," on Nov. 16, his Interscope Records label said Monday.

The set will be the follow-up to 2002's "The Eminem Show," which debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 9.2 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Interscope said its global sales stand at more than 19 million copies.

Because of Internet piracy, that album officially went on sale in the United States on a Sunday, nine days ahead of its originally scheduled street date.

The 2002 soundtrack to his hit film "8 Mile" also reached No. 1 on The Billboard 200. It spawned the hit "Lose Yourself," which spent 12 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and yielded an Oscar for Eminem and his two co-writers. Interscope said its global sales stand at almost nine million copies.

Although he released a new album with his group D-12 this spring, Eminem has kept a low profile over the past year. He recently announced plans to launch a hip-hop music channel with Sirius Satellite Radio, on which he will host shows with acts from his Shady Records imprint. The channel is expected to go live in the fall.

DaveC 08-30-2004 11:56 PM

Fuck Eminem.

He's got a week. 2nd week sales will drop a bit and leave room for the boys to come in.

Especially if that marketing campaign rumour is true.

Added with the insane hype already over this album (almost 4 months before release!) and the fact that this was the first I've ever heard of a new Eminem album, I think U2 doesn't have too much to worry about.

Bunbury 08-31-2004 01:02 AM

Eminem is always fun to listen to.

u2popmofo 08-31-2004 01:37 AM

I wouldnt worry too much about it. This fall/winter will honestly be pretty amazing for new stuff coming out, virtually every week will have some fairly strong releases.

I think you really only have to worry about what's coming out the week of release, that's the 'big' week for sales. I suppose it will be interesting to see what's coming out that week. We will see.

elevatedmole 08-31-2004 10:17 AM

I'll probably get flack for this but..


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