Eminem is past his "Relapse" and is now on to "Recovery."
Rather than releasing a sequel to his Grammy Award-winning 2009 comeback album, "Relapse," as expected, Eminem will release "Recovery" on June 22, which finds the Detroit rapper (real name Marshall Mathers III) working with collaborates such as Just Blaze, DJ Khalil, Jim Monsin and Boi-1da.
In a statement released Wednesday (April 14), Eminem said that, "I had originally planned for 'Relapse 2' to come out last year. But as I kept recording and working with new producers, the idea of a sequel to 'Relapse' started to make less and less sense to me, and I wanted to make a completely new album. The music on 'Recovery' came out very different from 'Relapse,' and I think it deserves its own title."
Eminem made only a few live appearances in support of "Relapse," and there's no word yet on what kind of touring he'll do for "Recovery." He currently has three shows scheduled, festival dates during July in Switzerland, the U.K. and Ireland.
With career sales of more than 78 million albums worldwide, Billboard magazine and Neilsen SoundScan both named Eminem the top-selling artist of the decade for 2000-2009. "Relapse" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart after its release in May and is nearing the double-platinum mark; it won a Grammy for Best Rap Album while the single "Crack a Bottle," with 50 Cent and Dr. Dre, won the trophy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.