2009 looks to be the year of highly anticipated career resurrections for artists who havent seen the inside of a recording studio in years. Eminem recently announced his return to record store shelves and digital downloads with Relapse.
Anticipation for Mr. Mathers return to rose to a fever pitch upon last months release of the Dr. Dre and 50 Cent featured Crack a Bottle. The track proved that hip hops version of Superman, Batman, and Rodman are still big draws in an otherwise slumping music industry. Crack A Bottle hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and kept money flowing into iTunes, with 418,000 downloads in the songs first week of availability.
Apparently, Eminem is hungry again. Another studio album, "Relapse 2" is said to come on the heels of its predecessor. According to Eminem, the original compilation that pays homage to backsliding was originally slated to see the light of day in 2008.
A lot of people were expecting Relapse to drop last year, he says. I was one of them.
He adds that once the creative juices began to flow, it was only natural to push the release of the album back. Dre and I went back in the studio in September for a few days, and that turned into six months. We were on such a roll; we wound up with a ton of new music produced by Dre. Putting out Relapse 2 will let everyone get all of the best stuff.