Eminem is indeed putting out a second album this year -- just not the one we expected.
Rather than "Relapse 2," a full set of all-new material the Detroit rapper had said he'd release in late 2009, Eminem is delivering "Relapse: Refill," an expanded version of the album that came out in May expanded with seven bonus tracks. "Relapse 2" will now come out in 2010.
In a statement released Friday (Nov. 20), Eminem said that, "Hopefully these tracks on 'The Refill' will tide the fans over until we put out 'Relapse 2' next year. "I got back in (the studio) with (Dr.) Dre and then a few more producers, including Just Blaze, and went in a completely different direction which made me start from scratch. The new tracks started to sound very different than the tracks I originally intended to be on 'Relapse 2,' but I still want the other stuff to be heard."
Among the new "Relapse: Refill" tracks are "Taking My Ball" from the DJ Hero video game and "Forever," which features Drake, Kanye West and Lil Wayne and was featured on the "More Than A Game" soundtrack.
"Relapse," Eminem's first album of new material since 2004's "Encore," debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 after selling 608,000 copies in its first week out. It's sold more than 1.5 million copies to date.
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