Eminem Sold More Albums In 2018 Than Any Other Artist

He might be sitting on the other side of 45-years-old, he might have spent much of the year having a lengthy and tedious 'beef' with Machine Gun Kelly (who?) but if the sales and streams numbers are to be believed - no matter what Gucci Mane says - Eminem is still the biggest rapper on the face of the earth.

In fact, he is arguably still the biggest artist on the planet, full stop. Well, that's according to the stats revealed in BuzzAngle Music's end of year report for 2018.

If those numbers are legit - and why wouldn't they be? - Eminem outsold every single artist in the world in the last year.

That's a staggering 755,027 album sales. To put that into context, the runner up, K-Pop act BTS, sold more than 150,000 less albums across the same time period.

Weirdly enough, Eminem's album Kamikaze - which finished as the fourth biggest selling album of the year anyway - accounts for only half of his total sales in 2018.

Eminem in concert during 2018. Credit: PA
Eminem in concert during 2018. Credit: PA

That means that Slim Shady was carried to the top of the pile by sales of his back catalogue.

In the modern era, more and more importance is being placed on streaming figures. You might think that the folks who brought Eminem into the limelight all of those years back (come on, we're not actually that old) wouldn't be as keen to keep up with the young 'uns with their Spotify and their Tidal and whatnot.

Well, you'd be wrong.

In fact, Marshall Mathers managed to hang with the big dogs again in that market.

Sure, he came fourth, but there is no shame in sitting behind millennial favourites such as Drake, Post Malone, and the recently deceased XXXTentacion in the charts. Not bad who isn't that far away from his fiftieth birthday.

In total, Em racked up more than 2.5 billion streams throughout last year. Of that amount, 760 million were for his new album.

On top of that, he broke records on YouTube with his diss track of the aforementioned Machine Gun Kelly, entitled 'Kill Shot'.

It quickly became the largest debut of any hip-hop track to be uploaded to the site. Again, not bad.

Eminem at Bonnaroo Music Festival in 2018. Credit: PA
Eminem at Bonnaroo Music Festival in 2018. Credit: PA

All in all, not a bad year for Marshall Mathers III. Proving that more than 20 years since his debut album, his fans are still loyal and he is still on top of his game.

Incidentally - and make of this what you will - Machine Gun Kelly did not feature on any of the lists.

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Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a freelance journalist and LADbible contributor. He graduated from University of London with a BA in Philosophy before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. He has previously written for the M.E.N Group as well as working for several top professional sports clubs. Contact him on [email protected]

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