Legendary rapper Eminem has crossed another milestone. Marshall’s latest release, Music to be Murdered by, has started the weekend with a double, topping both the UK album and singles charts.
This gave Eminem a record-breaking 10th number one album in a row.
WHY ARE EMINEM’S NEW LYRICS IN CONTROVERSY?
His release has come under criticism as it mentions the bomb blasts outside Ariana Grande’s concert that killed 22 people in an insensitive manner.
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This is how the lyrics go for one of his rap tracks – “I’m contemplating yelling ‘bombs away’ on the game/ Like I’m outside of an Ariana Grande concert waiting.”
At midweek, Manchester Indie Rockers The Courteeners were leading. However, they slipped to second as the weekend approached.
Their frontman Liam Fray had been critical of Eminem for his allegedly insensitive lyrics mentioning the explosion.
However, Eminem is not taking the criticism seriously. Slim shady said that the lyrics of the album were “designed to shock the conscience, which may cause positive action.” Additionally, he said that his track is not meant for people who are “easily offended or unnerved”.
HOW DID EMINEM DO IN THE SINGLES CHART?
Eminem did excellently well in the UK singles charts as well. One track from the album called Godzilla achieved this feat. Interestingly, the song features rapper Juice Wrld, who died in December after an accidental overdose.
However, the song topped the singles chart by the narrowest of margins. The song was merely 93 chart sales ahead of 2020’s newest star – the 21-year-old Compton rapper Roddy Ricch. He had gone viral on Tik Tok, with his track, The Box.
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The Official Charts Company went on to describe the week as one of the most closely contested.
Last year, only three tracks had achieved Eminem’s feat. These include Stormzy’s Vossi Bop, Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber’s I Don’t Care and Ladbaby’s Charity Christmas number one.