Eminem, born Marshall Mathers, still has what it takes to be number one. The rapper grabbed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 for his new album Revival.
Eminem, aka Slim Shady, is back to his winning streak following the release of Revival. According to recent reports, the rapper took the top spot on the Billboard 200 for the week ending Dec. 21. Eminem sold 197,000 copies of his album out of 267,000 units earned. Aside from the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200, Revival also holds the third-largest week of 2017 among hip-hop albums.
Revival is a star-studded album. It features other famous artists including Ed Sheeran, Beyoncé, Kehlani, Pink, Skylar Grey, and Phresher. The album includes the songs "Walk on Water" with Beyoncé, "Like Home" featuring Alicia Keys, "Heat," "Nowhere" with Kehlani, "River," featuring Ed Sheeran,
"Untouchable," and "Believe," to name a few. The album has 19 songs, including the "Revival" interlude and "Remind Me" intro.
This is the eighth time Eminem grabbed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200. He landed on the top spot with his previous albums The Marshall Mathers LP 2 in 2013, which sold 792, 0000 copies in its first week. Eminem continued with his winning streak with Recovery in 2010, Relapse in 2009, Curtain Call: The Hits in 2005, Encore in 2004, The Eminem Show in 2002 and The Marshall Mathers LP in 2000.
Eminem follows in the footsteps of country singer Kenny Chesney, pop queen Madonna, and UK artist U2, who all grabbed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 eight times in a row. He trails behind fellow rapper Jay-Z, artists Garth Brooks, Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, Barbra Streisand, The Beatles, and Bruce Springsteen. They all have nine successive wins on the top spot on the Billboard 200.
Following at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 is Reputation from Taylor Swift. The album has now sold 1.82 million copies. G-Eazy follows at No. 3 with his third full-length major label studio album The Beautiful & Damned. The album debuted with 122,000 units and 68,000 were in traditional sales. Ed Sheeran's album Divide drops down to No. 4 from No. 3 with 90,000 units and the a cappella group Pentatonix drops to No. 5 from No. 4 with their Christmas album A Pentatonix Christmas with 75,000 units.
Interscope Records, Shady Records, and Aftermath Entertainment released Revival on Dec. 15 under the production of Dr. Dre, Aalias, Rick Rubin, and DJ Khalil, to name a few. The album is under the Aftermath Entertainment label.