Getting one album a year set up and released is enough of a chore amid the smoking ruins of the music business. While albums frequently dropped every four to six months in the 1960s, unless you're multi-band-leader Jack White, the lag time between major releases these days tends to be three or more years. And if you're Guns N' Roses or Dr. Dre, well ...
Some, like Lil Wayne, pack that gap with hundreds of mixtape tunes and guest appearances, but even Weezy seems to be struggling to nail what is shaping up to be the new brass bragging ring in the biz: the two (or three) albums in a year watermark. While his rock album, Rebirth, was supposed to be released this spring, last we knew it was still in the "TBD" category.
So far this year, we've had U2, Eminem and Coldplay saying they'll drop a second brand-new disc of material either in the same calendar year or within 365 days of their most recent efforts. But considering the gaps between their two most recent releases (almost five years, five years and three years, respectively), and the fact that they're among the biggest acts in the world, turning that ship around so quickly would be impressive, though highly unlikely. Read More...
On Monday, Amazon.com posted a listing on its site for a forthcoming Eminem album, claiming the set would be in stores on December 23. Later that day, a spokesperson for Em's label, Interscope, told us that "there's been no date scheduled" for Relapse yet.
And sure enough, on Tuesday Amazon removed the release-date information for the record, the title of which the site listed as "TBD." The site has a spotty record in terms of the reliability of such information: In recent years, they've listed several different release dates for Guns N' Roses' Chinese Democracy, all of which were not November 23, 2008, which is now apparently the album's officially official release date.
In short, this all probably means that there won't be a copy of Relapse in your Christmas stocking this year. As soon as we find out an official release date, we'll let you know.
According to the just-announced results of a Vibe magazine readers' poll, Eminem is the Best Rapper Alive — beating out Jay-Z, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Game, Rick Ross and some 60 other MCs. The vote is a testament not only to Eminem's talent but also to the tenacity of his fans: Em hasn't released an album in more than four years, and has issued little new material since then. And since, according to the magazine, some 920,000 votes were tallied, the results speak for a lot of hip-hop fans.
What do you think of the results of Vibe's poll?
In "My Life," a new track (featuring Lil Wayne) that just leaked online, the Game raps cryptically about Eminem:
"All the pictures of me and Em, I burned them," he raps, referencing Slim Shady. "So there ain't no proof I walked through 8 Mile/ And so since it ain't no Proof, I'll never walk through 8 Mile/ Sometimes I think about my life with my face down/ Then I see my sons and put on my Kanye smile."
What do you think he's talking about? Let us know below...
It's a story as old as the Master Cleanse: hot, blond celebrity disappears for a few months, only to undergo scrutiny later on for reemerging with a few extra pounds. Except in this case, we don't have candid tabloid shots of the victim in a bikini.
Because Eminem is a dude.
As much as we hate seeing celebrity gossipers launch weight-related attacks on anyone, we have to admit, it's kind of refreshing to see the genders reversed in this story — and in both categories of weight-based gossip, no less! Em stands accused of enjoying Gorditas, while his buddy 50 has been dropping pounds for a film role, only to spark speculation about illness and drug abuse. Welcome to a special spotlight usually reserved for starlets, guys. Stay strong.
Luckily for the still-M.I.A. Eminem, Fif was on hand to put the rumors to rest. Now if only more women would stick up for each other like this ...