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Eminem was top-selling artist of 2018, report says

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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Eminem made plenty of headlines during 2018 with his flamethrowing 10th album "Kamikaze" and the beefs with other performers that came in its wake.

He was also the best-selling act of the year.

A year-end report from BuzzAngle Music lists the Detroit area rapper, who maintains a studio in Ferndale, as 2018's top-seller with 755,027 albums moved worldwide, beating out the likes of Korean boy band BTS, Americana star Chris Stapleton, the Beatles, Queen and Metallica.

Eminem's year may have been even better than that, however. "Kamikaze," which was surprise-released on Aug. 31 -- just eight months after 2017's "Revival" -- was certified platinum in the U.S. for sales of more than a million copies. It's unclear why the BuzzAngle report does not reflect that. The survey did say that sales of Eminem's entire catalog were what propelled him to No. 1 for the year.

Eminem played a limited number of festivals during 2018. He has four Australian shows slated for February as well as a New Zealand date on March 2, but no other performance plans for 2019. He's continuing to work on new material, according to management, though no release plans have been announced. During 2018 he also made guest appearances on Nicki Minaj's hit "Majesty" and fellow Detroit rapper Royce da 5'9"'s "Caterpillar."

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