The Eminem Show

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The Eminem Show is the fourth studio album by American rapper Eminem, released in 2002.

The Eminem Show was the best-selling album of 2002. At the Grammy Awards of 2003 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. It has been certified 8x Platinum by the RIAA, and has sold over 9.8 million copies in the US[1] and over 19 million albums worldwide.[2] In 2003, the album was ranked number 317 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. It was ranked 84 on Rolling stone magazines best albums of the 2000s list. The album received critical praise by most music critics and is often debated as Eminem's most personal and best work. The Eminem Show was Eminem's first album to be mainly self-produced, and was the first Eminem album to be released under Shady Records.

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Release

The Eminem Show was first scheduled for a June 2002 release; however pirated and bootleg copies appeared online on peer-to-peer networks and began surfacing on the streets. Interscope decided to release the album early on May 28 to combat bootlegging. However, many stores in the US began selling it early on Sunday May 26. Despite the confusion over the exact release date, the album still managed to have a wildly successful debut on the charts. The album sold 1.32 million copies in its first full week of sales.[3] The Eminem Show 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 ten without a video counterpart. In addition, "My Dad's Gone Crazy", "Business", "Hailie's Song", and "White America" were selected airplay singles of the controversial album.

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