Eminem Breaks Own Record With Tenth Consecutive UK Number One Album
His latest album Music To Be Murdered By was released last Friday and pipped Manchester indie band The Courteeners' new album More. Again. Forever. to the top spot.
Eminem - real name Marshall Bruce Mathers III - previously made history by becoming the first artist to ever have nine UK number one albums in a row when he released Kamikaze in 2018.
But while his latest offering has clearly been a commercial success, it has landed him in hot water over controversial lyrics about the Manchester bombing.
The track which caused the offence is called 'Unaccommodating', in which Eminem raps: "But I'm contemplating yelling 'Bombs away' on the game / Like I'm outside of an Ariana Grande concert waiting."
The lyrics sparked a backlash online with #EminemIsCancelled subsequently trending on Twitter.
One person tweeted: "You're so disgusting I hope u know that..... what u said was very uncalled for and so hurtful to so many people."
Another said: "Eminem literally just made a joke about the Manchester bombing at Ariana Grande's concert... that is just so f***ing sick, y'all better not give this man any attention. People literally lost their lives, and you're going to release music and try to make a profit off of them?"
The 47-year-old has since released a statement addressing the lyrics and the reaction to them.
Beginning with 'Dear Gentle Listener', the musician said: "In today's wonderful world murder has become so commonplace that we are a society obsessed and fascinated by it.
"I thought why not make a sport of it, and murder over beats. So before you jump the gun, please allow me to explain.
"This album was not made for the squeamish. If you are easily offended or unnerved at the screams of bloody murder, this may not be the collection for you.
"Certain selections have been designed to shock the conscience, which may cause positive action. Unfortunately, darkness has truly fallen upon us.
"So you see, murder in this instance isn't always literal, nor pleasant. These bars are only meant for the sharpest knives in the drawer.
"For the victims of this album, may you rest peacefully. For the rest of you, please listen more closely next time. Goodnight!
"With deepest sympathy, Eminem."
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