Eminem took the world by storm when he dropped his surprise album Music to Be Murdered By earlier this month but this album didn’t need extensive promotion to reach the no. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart and help the famous rapper make history.
Eminem’s latest album hit the shelves on January 17th and saw him joining forces with a long list of collaborators, including Juice Wrld, Ed Sheeran, and Anderson .Paak. The music video for the lead single “Darkness” came out that very day and helped him create some buzz on social media.
That was all it took for Music to Be Murdered By to debut at the top spot on the Billboard 200, with 279,000 album-equivalent units sold. Halsey was close behind but ended up taking the no. 2 spot with her album Manic.
Music to Be Murdered By isn’t just another album to debut at no. 1 and its triumph is truly historic. Its success transformed Eminem into the first artist to ever have ten consecutive albums debut at number one in the US. He also became one of only six acts with 10 or more no. 1 albums after The Beatles, Jay-Z, Bruce Springsteen, Barbra Streisand, and Elvis Presley.