Rap God is Right ! Eminem’s new album The Marshall Mathers LP 2 may have just hit retailers and iTunes yesterday, but Billboard is already predicting record numbers. Slim Shady’s eighth studio album is looking to sell between 700-750,000 copies in it’s first week on the charts. Only Justin Timberlake’s first time around The 20/20 Experience has that number beat with a nearly-platinum 968,000. Drake’s Nothing was the Same was the previous No. 2 spot holder, with 658,000 copies moved.
The sales projections, which are based on data such as orders from retailers, digital sales data and other indicators, suggest that MMLP2 will closely follow the same route of Em’s two previous efforts Recovery, which debuted at No. 1 with 741,000 first week sales, and Relapse, which debuted at No. 1 with 608,000. With seven No. 1s, Eminem will also move past Kanye West and Nas who both respectively have six to become the hip-hop artist with the second-most No.1 albums, behind Jay Z’s comanding 13.
Three hip-hop albums have sold 700,000 or more copies in their first week since 2008: Recovery and Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III (1.01 million) and Tha Carter IV (964,000).
Check out a bonus track titled “Don’t Front” below. The track features Buckshot, and is included as a bonus for fans that buy MMLP2 and Call of Duty: Ghosts as a bundle. The song samples Black Moon’s ’93 classic “I Got Cha Opin,” and let’s just say this definitely should’ve been on the album.