New Eminem album in November?
It's taken Guns N' Roses more than a decade to get "Chinese Democracy" ready for release, but is it possible that Axl Rose and Co. will be upstaged this holiday season? No one's giving an official release date, but sources are indicating that Eminem will release a new album in late November or early December, his first of new material since 2004's "Encore."
The Detroit rapper announced the album last night on Sirius Satellite Radio, according to multiple press reports, and revealed the title as "Relapse." While the title was confirmed by an Interscope rep, no official release date has been set. Yet another source familiar with the album says it's nearly finished, and adds there's a "very good" chance "Relapse" might hit stores by Dec. 1. The source adds, however, it's possible it could be pushed to early 2009.
The Detroit-based artist played a track last night on the Sirius show "Shade 45." Titled "I'm Having a Relapse," the cut is available for streaming on the website for the Fader. It's a short song, at a little more than two minutes, with a slight reggae influence. It isn't long before the song gets graphic, with Eminem rapping in the opening moments that the "smell of these chronic leaves makes me hella demonic," and then offers details about committing murder and having his way with a mannequin.
If Eminem's "Relapse" indeed hits retailers before the end of the year, it will join a crowded, blockbuster-heavy holiday lineup. In addition to Guns N' Roses, new albums are due from Kanye West, 50 Cent and Britney Spears.
Billboard notes that Eminem's 2005 release, "Curtain Call: The Hits," has sold nearly 3 million albums in the U.S. since its release, whereas "Encore" has now topped the 5 million sales mark.
-- Todd Martens