Eminem’s new album, “Marshall Mathers LP2,” went on sale yesterday. Hitsdailydouble.com is projecting a debut week sale of 750,000 copies. That’s about 2 or 3 times Katy Perry or Justin Timberlake any of the other number 1s of the last several weeks. It’s more even than the 658K from Drake. Why is “MMLP” doing so well? One reason only: “The Monster” featuring Rihanna is a monster hit single. I love it. Who doesn’t?
It’s totally fresh and original. Rihanna does no yodeling, and sings the hell out of it. Eminem raps, but isn’t offensive. It’s just nice to hear his voice. Most of Eminem’s album is derived from samples, too. But “The Monster” is an original song by up-and-comer Bebe Rexha and Brian Fryzel. There are a lot of other songwriting credits, like Rihanna and Eminem, but those first two wrote the song. (No one just writes a song in hip hop without giving up points.)
Anyway, Eminem should be thrilled. “The Monster” will help propel the album over a million copies very quickly. It’s already number 1. Now I want to hear more songs from Bebe and Fryzel.