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Relapse (album)

Album information
ReleasedMay 15, 2009
(see release history)
Recorded2007 � 2009
54 Sound, Effigy Studios
(Ferndale, Michigan)
KDS Music Studios, Phantom City Studios
(Orlando, Florida)
Record One Studios
(Sherman Oaks, California)
Studio at the Palms
(Las Vegas, Nevada)
GenreHip hop
LabelAftermath, Interscope
ProducerDr. Dre (also exec.), Eminem, Dawaun Parker, Mark Batson, Trevor Lawrence, Doc Ish, Boi-1da
Previous albumEncore
Next albumRecovery

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'Relapse' is the sixth studio album by American rapper Eminem, released May 15, 2009, on Interscope Records. It is his first album of original material since Encore (2004), following a five-year hiatus from recording due to his addiction to sleeping pills and issues with writer's block. Recording sessions for the album took place during 2007 to 2009 at several recording studios, and production was handled primarily by Dr. Dre, Mark Batson, and Eminem. Conceptually, Relapse concerns the ending of his drug rehabilitation, rapping after a fictional relapse, and the return of his Slim Shady alter-ego.

One of the most anticipated album releases of 2009, Relapse debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 608,000 copies in its first week. It produced three singles that attained chart success and has been certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The album received generally mixed reviews from most music critics, who were mostly divided in their responses towards Eminem's lyrics. It earned him two Grammy Awards and has sold 2.2 million copies in the United States. Worldwide the album has sold 4.5 million copies.

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