Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Eminem’s Expected 750K Sales Week: It’s All About “The Monster”


Eminem’s new album, “Marshall Mathers LP2,” went on sale yesterday. 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.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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