The Eminem Show
|The Eminem Show|
|File:The Eminem Show.jpg|
|Studio album by Eminem|
|Released||May 21, 2002|
July 2001Template:Spaced ndashApril 2002|
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
(Marshall Mathers's House)
(54 Sound Studio)
|Label||Aftermath, Interscope, Shady, Goliath|
|Producer||Dr. Dre (exec.), Eminem, Jeff Bass, Mr. Porter|
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|Singles from The Eminem Show|
The Eminem Show is the fourth studio album by American rapper Eminem, released on May 21, 2002 by Shady Records, Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records. It was the best-selling album of 2002 in the United States, with sales of 7.6 million copies. At the 2003 Grammy Awards it was nominated for Album of the Year and became Eminem's third LP in four years to win the award for Best Rap Album. On March 7, 2011, the album was certified ten-times-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, making it Eminem's second album to receive a Diamond certification in the United States. Since its release in 2002 the album has sold 10,500,000 copies in the United States and more than 30 million copies worldwide.
The Eminem Show was scheduled for release on June 4, 2002; however, pirated and bootleg copies appeared online on peer-to-peer networks and began surfacing on the streets. It was provided by Rabid Neurosis (RNS), an MP3 warez release organization who pirated the album 25 days prior to release. Radio show Opie and Anthony broadcast the entire album on May 17, 2002. Interscope decided to release the album early, on May 28, to combat bootlegging. However, many stores in the U.S. began selling it early on Sunday, May 26, and some put the album out as early as Friday. Promotional posters in stores read, "America Couldn't Wait". Due to the premature release by many retailers on a Sunday, the album had only one day of official sales for the chart week and was unavailable in Walmart stores during that period. Despite the confusion over the exact release date, the album still managed to have a very successful debut on the charts. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 with sales of 284,000 copies. This marked the first time an album had topped the charts with such an abbreviated sales week. The album sold 1,322,000 copies in its first full week of sales. It sold 809,000 copies in its third week and 529,562 copies in its fourth week, to bring its four-week sales total to just under three million copies. The album sold 381,000 copies in its fifth week and topped the Billboard 200 for the fifth consecutive week. The first 2 million copies of the album shipped in the U.S. included a bonus DVD with an exclusive interview and live footage. The Eminem Show was Eminem's first album to include lyrics to all songs inside the CD booklet. It was Eminem's most successful album in terms of charting singles. It spawned two top-ten and four top fifteen singles with "Without Me", "Cleanin' Out My Closet", "Sing for the Moment" and "Superman", which managed to reach the top fifteen without a widely available video counterpart (the video was mostly available on the 8 Mile DVD, rarely being shown on music video channels). In addition, "My Dad's Gone Crazy", "Business", "Hailie's Song", and "White America" were selected airplay singles of the controversial album.
Production for the album took place between 2001 and 2002. Eminem had started recording the album around the same time he was filming 8 Mile. Production was used for both the soundtrack of the movie and his album. The album also saw Eminem take a substantially more predominant production role; most of it was self-produced, with longtime collaborator Jeff Bass co-producing several tracks (mainly the eventual singles), and playing a significant role in co-writing many of the tracks. Dr. Dre, in addition to being the album's executive producer, produced three individual tracks: "Business", "Say What You Say", and "My Dad's Gone Crazy". In an interview with The Face magazine in April 2002, Eminem said that he treated the album like it was a rock record, in terms of production, incorporating the use of guitars while still having elements of hip-hop. He said that he wanted to capture the '70s rock vibe, which he felt "had this incredible feel", for most of the record. He said that he "tried to get the best of both worlds" on the album.
The clean version of The Eminem Show censors all profanities, compared to his previous albums, in which the words "goddamn", "prick", "bastard", "piss", "bitch", "ass", and "shit" "fuck" were allowed. This album allowed no profanities, and the profanities were either muted or back-masked. Following this, the censored version even took out entire sentences because they were too sexually charged. In fact, the entire song "Drips" is removed in the clean version and is just heard as four seconds of silence moving on to "Without Me", due to thinking there were so many profanities that editing the song would be pointless. But some copies feature an edited version of "Drips." However, in the skit "The Kiss", it can still be clearly heard that Eminem shouts "Motherfucker!" on the censored version. In "Soldier" which is a continuation of "The Kiss" the word "bitch" was used three times, but was still heard only once. "Hallie's Song" censors "want her" as it sounded too much like "abort her" when he says "God, I'm a daddy, I'm so glad that her mom didn't want her"  on both explicit and clean versions. Also, in "White America", in Eminem's speech the word "flag" is back masked when he says "To burn the flag and replace it with a parental advisory sticker". When a clean version of "Drips" was made, at the end of Obie Trice's verse, the word "fuck" is still heard from him.
Critical response to The Eminem Show was very positive. It was viewed by many critics and fans as a growth in Eminem as an artist. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 75, based on 20 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews". Alex Needham from NME gave it a positive review, calling it a "fantastic third album" that "is bigger, bolder and far more consistent than its predecessors". In his review at AllMusic, Stephen Erlewine said the album "proves Eminem is the gold standard in pop music in 2002, delivering stylish, catchy, dense, funny, political music that rarely panders".
With a rating of 4 out of 5 stars, Slant Magazine's Sal Cinquemani said The Eminem Show "reveals a little bit of the real Marshall Mathers" that "displays a—dare I say it?—more 'mature' Eminem." And he called "Without Me" "a pop-friendly ditty that displays enough of Eminem's talent for tight rhymes and well-timed controversy to validate his perpetual upward climb."
David Browne at Entertainment Weekly concluded, "[l]ike its predecessors, though, The Eminem Show is a testament to the skills of its star. The sludgy rapping of such guests as D12 only confirms Eminem's dizzying prowess, gob-spewing individuality, and wickedly prankish humor." He gave it a grade of B+.
Robert Christgau gave the album an A- and said "I like it and I enjoy it; I think it represents an articulate, coherent, formally appropriate response to Eminem's changing position and role, one that acknowledges the privileges and alienations that accrue to all fame as well as the resolution of Marshall Mathers's worst traumas and the specifics of his success." Uncut said "Behind the hype and the swagger, he's still baring enough of his soul for The Eminem Show to be compelling theatre.
The reviewer at HipHopDX admired both the musical and lyrical aspects of the work, and gave a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars: "Em flows on beat so effortlessly and naturally you'd swear it was his everyday style. Overlooking his lyrics would be a crime though." RapReviews gave it a rating of 8 out of 10 and Rolling Stone gave it a 4-star rating. It has been deemed a classic by XXL and Complex.
The record became Eminem's third to win the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album and also swept the MTV Music Video Awards, winning four awards for Best Male Video, Video of the Year, Best Direction, and Best Rap Video. It won Album of the Year & R&B/Hip-Hop Album of the Year at the 2002 Billboard Music Awards. It won Best International Album and International Album of the Year at the Brit Awards and the Juno Awards respectively in 2003. It also won Best Album at the 2002 MTV Europe Music Awards.
The album debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling approximately 284,000 units in its first week, which due to a premature release by retailers and street-date violations, counted only a day and a half of sales. The album sold 1,322,000 copies the following week, where it registered a full week of sales. The album topped the Billboard 200 for five consecutive weeks. The album also spent five consecutive weeks at the top of the UK Albums Chart. It has gone on to sell over ten million copies. On March 7, 2011, the album was certified ten-times-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, making it Eminem's second album to receive a Diamond certification in the United States.
In 2009, the album was ranked #317 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, and was later ranked at #84 on the same magazine's best albums of the 2000s decade. The album received critical praise by most music critics and is often debated as Eminem's most personal and best work. Eminem said during an interview with MTV that was recorded on May 25, 2002, that he felt that The Eminem Show was his "best record so far". The Eminem Show was Eminem's first album to be mainly self-produced.
|1.||"Curtains Up" (skit)||Eminem||0:30|
|2.||"White America"||Marshall Mathers, Jeff Bass, Luis Resto, Steve King||Eminem, Jeff Bass (co.)||5:24|
|3.||"Business"||Mathers, Andre Young, Neff-U, Mike Elizondo||Dr. Dre||4:11|
|4.||"Cleanin' Out My Closet"||Mathers, Bass||Eminem, Bass||4:57|
|5.||"Square Dance"||Mathers, Bass, Resto||Eminem, Bass (co.)||5:24|
|6.||"The Kiss" (skit)||Mathers, Bass||Eminem||1:16|
|8.||"Say Goodbye Hollywood"||Mathers, Elizondo, Resto||Eminem||4:33|
|9.||"Drips" (featuring Obie Trice)||Mathers, Obie Trice, Denaun Porter, Bass||Eminem||4:45|
|10.||"Without Me"||Mathers||Eminem, Bass (co.), DJ Head (add.)||4:50|
|11.||"Paul Rosenberg" (skit)||0:23|
|12.||"Sing for the Moment"||Mathers, Bass, Resto, King, Steven Tyler||Eminem, Bass (co.)||5:40|
|13.||"Superman" (featuring Dina Rae)||Mathers, Bass, King||Eminem, Bass (add.)||5:50|
|14.||"Hailie's Song"||Mathers, Resto||Eminem||5:21|
|15.||"Steve Berman" (skit)||0:33|
|16.||"When the Music Stops" (featuring D12)||Mathers, Ondre Moore, Porter, Von Carlisle, DeShaun Holton, Rufus Johnson, Neff-U||Eminem, Denaun Porter (co.)||4:29|
|17.||"Say What You Say" (featuring Dr. Dre)||Mathers, Young, Neff-U, Elizondo||Dr. Dre||5:09|
|18.||"'Till I Collapse" (featuring Nate Dogg)||Mathers, Nathaniel Hale, Resto||Eminem||4:57|
|19.||"My Dad's Gone Crazy" (featuring Hailie Jade)||Mathers, Young, Neff-U, Elizondo||Dr. Dre||4:28|
|20.||"Curtains Close" (skit)||1:01|
|Special Edition Bonus DVD|
|1.||"Brain Damage / Just Don't Give A F***"||Live At "Tramps", New York|
|2.||"The Slim Shady Show"||DVD Image #1|
|3.||"Eminem's Life and New Album"||Featurette|
|4.||"Just Don't Give A F***"||E Live Performance|
|5.||"Eminem: All Access Europe"||Preview|
|6.||"The Slim Shady Show"||DVD Image #2|
|8.||"The Way I Am"||Live at the Fuji Rock Festival|
|9.||"The Real Slim Shady"||Live at the Fuji Rock Festival|
|10.||"The Slim Shady Show"||DVD Image #3|
|13.||"Slimshank Redemption"||The Slim Shady Show Skit|
|14.||"The Slim Shady Show"||DVD Image #4|
|15.||"New Victims"||The Slim Shady Show Skit|
|Japanese Collector's Box Bonus DVD|
|1.||"Without Me"||Music Video|
|2.||"Without Me"||Karaoke Video Clip|
|3.||"Without Me"||Behind the Scenes|
- Sample credits
Information taken from The Eminem Show liner notes:
- "Without Me" contains resung elements from "Buffalo Gals" by Malcolm McLaren and samples "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson and "Rap Name" by Obie Trice (uncredited).
- "Sing for the Moment" contains elements from "Dream On" by Aerosmith. It features a guitar solo during the end of the song by Aerosmith lead guitarist Joe Perry.
- Early clean versions of the album replace "Drips" with 4 seconds of silence. Later clean versions feature an edited version of the song.
- Another censored version of the album did not allow the words "goddamn", "prick", "bastard", "piss", "bitch", "ass", "shit" and "fuck" to be left uncensored.
- "Curtain Close (skit)" is performed by Ken Kaniff, who Eminem portrays at the end of the album before continuing on with the persona on Relapse in 2009, as displayed in the album booklet.
Charts and cerfications
- Grammy Award for Best Rap Album
- List of best-selling albums in the United States
- List of best-selling albums
- List of fastest-selling albums worldwide
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Though it's partially masked (the only censored line on the album), on 'Hailie's Song', an otherwise tender eulogy to his daughter, Eminem clearly raps the line 'I'm so glad her mom didn't abort her'.
- P., Ethan. "Eminem: The Eminem Show". Pitchfork Media.
- Juon, Steve (2002-05-28). "The Eminem Show review- Eminem". RapReviews. Retrieved 2010-10-17.
- The Eminem Show is a brilliant piece of theater and a guilty pleasure. [Aug 2002, p.155]
- Ex, Kris (2002-06-06). "The Eminem Show". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-02-05.
- Cinquemani, Sal (2002-05-15). "Eminem: The Eminem Show". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2010-10-17.
- "The Eminem Show Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic. CNET Networks. Retrieved 2009-04-02.
- "Eminem, The Eminem Show (2002) — 25 Rap Albums From the Past Decade That Deserve Classic Status". Complex. Retrieved 8 December 2012.
- "Moby : Ashanti, Nelly Big Winners At Billboard Awards - Rhapsody Music Downloads". VH1.com. MTV Networks. 2002-12-10. Retrieved 2011-09-26.
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- "Eminem Dominates MTV Europe Awards". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 2011-09-26.
- Joe D'Angelo (2002-12-18). "Shania Twain Chases Eminem's Chart Streak; Aaliyah, Whitney Debut In Top 10 - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV. Retrieved 2011-09-26.
- "'Nellyville' Boots Eminem Out Of No. 1". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 2011-09-26.
- Sexton, Paul (2010-08-19). "Eminem Back On Top In Europe". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2011-09-26.
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- "Eminem The Eminem Show Japan CD/DVD SET (441384)". Eil.com. 2008-07-23. Retrieved 2012-04-09.
- (2002) Album notes for The Eminem Show by Eminem. Aftermath Entertainment.
- http://www.oricon.co.jp/prof/artist/48489/ranking/cd_album/ Oricon Archive - Eminem The Eminem Show.
- The first list is the list of best-selling domestic albums of 2002 in Finland and the second is that of the best-selling foreign albums:
- "Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End top-selling albums across all genres, ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2013-08-27.
- "Billboard year end charts 2003". Billboard. Archived from the original on March 19, 2013.
- "Argentinian album certifications – Eminem – The Eminem Show". Argentine Chamber of Phonograms and Videograms Producers.
- "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2014 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association.
- "Austrian album certifications – Eminem – The Eminem Show" (in German). IFPI Austria. Enter Eminem in the field Interpret. Enter The Eminem Show in the field Titel. Select album in the field Format. Click Suchen
- "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – 2002". Ultratop & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch.
- "Brazilian album certifications – Eminem – The Eminem Show" (in Portuguese). Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos.
- "Canadian album certifications – Eminem – The Eminem Show". Music Canada.
- "Danish album certifications – Eminem – The Eminem Show". IFPI Denmark.
- The first web page presents the sales figures, the second presents the certification limits:
- "French album certifications – Eminem – The Eminem Show" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.
- Universal France,2004 archived
- "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Eminem; 'The Eminem Show')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
- "Greek Albums Chart". IFPI Greece. 2003-08-06. Retrieved 2012-04-09.
- "Gold Disc Award 2002". IFPI Hong Kong.
- "Adatbázis – Arany- és platinalemezek – 2003" (in Hungarian). MAHASZ.
- "Certificaciones – Eminem" (in Spanish). Asociación Mexicana de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas.
- "Goud & Platina - Eminem - Eminem Show" (in Dutch). NVPI. Archived from the original on 16 April 2008. Retrieved January 23, 2012.
- "New Zealand album certifications – Eminem – The Eminem Show". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. 24 February 2014. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
- "Norwegian album certifications – Eminem – The Eminem Show" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway.
- "Polish album certifications – Eminem – The Eminem Show" (in Polish). Polish Producers of Audio and Video (ZPAV).
- "Associação Fonográfica Portuguesa". AFP. Retrieved 2011-09-26.
- "El post de las certificaciones en España: Todos los Oros y Platinos". Retrieved 2011-09-26.
- "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 2003" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden.
- "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Eminem; 'The Eminem Show')". Hung Medien.
- "British album certifications – Eminem – The Eminem Show". British Phonographic Industry. Enter The Eminem Show in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Platinum in the field By Award. Click Search
- "IFPI Platinum Europe Awards – 2010". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.
- UNSUPPORTED OR EMPTY REGION: Worldwide.
|Awards and achievements|
|Grammy Award for Best Rap Album
| Succeeded by|
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
We Invented The Remix Vol. 1 by Various Artists
Nellyville by Nelly
|Billboard 200 number-one album
June 2, 2002 – July 6, 2002
September 1, 2002 – September 7, 2002
| Succeeded by|
Nellyville by Nelly
Home by Dixie Chicks
Destination by Ronan Keating
|UK number-one album
June 1, 2002 – July 7, 2002
| Succeeded by|
Heathen Chemistry by Oasis
18 by Moby
|Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
June 3, 2002 – July 14, 2002
September 23–29, 2002
| Succeeded by|
By the Way by Red Hot Chili Peppers