Thursday, May 28, 2009

Eminem out-sells other US albums

Eminem's new record Relapse has sold more copies in its first week of release than any other album released in the US this year.

Nielsen SoundScan, the firm that tracks music sales, said his first album in nearly five years sold 608,000 copies.

The record beat Green Day's 21st Century Breakdown, which topped the charts last week, after selling 215,000 copies in three days.

Eminem is currently number one in the UK and US album chart.

Relapse is Eminem's fifth straight number one album.

His last record in 2004, Encore, sold 711,000 in its first week - though that was only across four days.

It went on to sell 5.1 million copies.

In February the star's long-awaited comeback single broke a download record and topped the US Billboard singles chart.

Crack A Bottle, which also features Dr Dre, sold more than 418,000 online copies, the most ever in a first week of release.

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