Eminem’s ‘Curtain Call: The Hits’ makes ‘Billboard’ chart history

It is the first hip hop release to spend a full decade on the charts.

Eminem’s 2005 compilation project, Curtain Call: The Hits, has spent a full decade on the Billboard 200 chart, making it the first-ever hip hop release to do so.

According to Forbes, Curtain Call passed the decade mark on March 27 after spending a total of 520 weeks on the chart. It is the sixth record to achieve this milestone, following albums by Pink Floyd (The Dark Side of the Moon), Bob Marley and the Wailers (Legend), Journey (Greatest Hits), Metallica (The Black Album) and Guns N’ Roses (Greatest Hits).

Em released Curtain Call in December 2005 before he went on a four-year hiatus. The 17-track project featured some of the rapper’s biggest singles like “Lose Yourself,” “The Real Slim Shady” and “Stan.” Two new songs released on the compilation, “When I’m Gone” and “Shake That,” also became Top 10 hits.

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The record has also been certified Platinum seven times by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), per HipHopDX.

Eminem’s latest achievement comes after an online campaign to ‘cancel’ the rapper over his controversial career. TikTok critics had called for the rapper’s ‘cancellation’ over lyrics for his 2010 song “Love the Way You Lie.”

However, Em later clapped back at his haters with a lyric video for “Tone Deaf,” a cut from the deluxe edition of his 2020 album, Music to Be Murdered By. On the song, he references moments from his 20 years in music-making: “I won’t stop even when my hair turns grey (I’m tone-deaf) / ’Cause they won’t stop until they cancel me.”

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