Eminem returns to rap with "Relapse"

Thu Oct 16, 2008 9:28pm EDT
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By Hillary Crosley

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Emimem's return to hip-hop is now official. After months of rumors, the Oscar-winning MC announced the title of his sixth album, "Relapse," Thursday night (October 15) during an on-air radio launch party for his book "The Way I Am." Eminem also introduced a new track, "I'm Having a Relapse."

"There's a lot of album titles floating around that are fake albums titles," Eminem told Shade 45 hosts DJ Kayslay and Angela Yee on Sirius Satellite Radio.

No release date has been confirmed, but the album is rumored to hit shelves before year's end.

Eminem's last release, 2005's "Curtain Call: The Hits," has sold 2.9 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. His last studio album was the previous year's "Encore," with sales of 5.1 million copies.

Representatives for Eminem's label, Interscope, were unavailable for comment.


<p>Eminem performs during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2004 ceremony at the Tor Di Valle in Rome, November 18, 2004. REUTERS/Alessia Pierdomenico</p>