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Eminem makes digital history with "Recovery" album

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Add another milestone to Eminem's resume.

The Detroit rapper is the first artist to sell one million digital copies of a single album -- in this case his 2010 release "Recovery." The album, which has sold more than 5.7 million copies worldwide, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in June of 2010, the sixth time Eminem has done that during his career. It also won a pair of Grammy Awards -- Best Rap Album and Best Rap Solo Performance for the chart-topping single "Not Afraid."

In a statement, Interscope Records' Vice Chairman Steve Berman said that, "selling one million digital albums is an incredible achievement by an incredible artist. I have had the pleasure of working with Eminem throughout the course of his career, and I'm delighted to be a part of yet another milestone on his amazing journey."

Eminem's manager Paul Rosenberg added that, "Over the years we've made a concerted effort to engage Em's online fan base, so this achievement is especially rewarding."

Eminem recently notched another No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 with "Hell: The Sequel," his Bad Meets Evil collaboration with fellow Detroit MC Royce da 5'9" -- the first time in five years a performer has landed two albums at No. 1 within a 12-month period.

Eminem next performs Aug. 6 at the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago and will also play on Aug. 20-21 at Great Britain's V Festival.

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