Although his highly anticipated album Relapse is still weeks away from being released, Eminem is already setting records.
Em's first single off of Relapse, "Crack A Bottle" [click to listen], set a Nielsen SoundScan record today when it became the song with the highest opening week download sales. Last week the single became iTunes' top download, despite an unfinished version being heavily bootlegged upon its release.
With a total of 418,000 sales, "Crack A Bottle" beat out the former record holder, T.I. and Rihanna's "Live Your Life". Aside from the SoundScan record, "Crack A Bottle" will also reach the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart when it's released tomorrow.
Not only will "Crack A Bottle" be featured on Eminem's Relapse, but it will also be added to 50 Cent's upcoming album, Before I Self Destruct. Although there is not set release date for Relapse, 50 told Hollyscoop.com last month that the album is on its way.
"[He's] currently mixing his album right now," 50 Cent explained to Hollyscoop.com. "So it won't be more than maybe two weeks before [the label] starts figuring out the scheduling of the release of his actual project."
50 Cent's Before I Self Destruct is set to be released on March 24.