Eminem's 'Relapse,' plus his new book, and lotsa parties

50centeminembook_lIt was a busy night in NYC yesterday. Just ask celeb party planner Jessica Rosenblum, who owned the evening with two red carpet events — Eminem‘s book launch and a fete for Russell Simmons‘ new website. Here’s a look at what went down at those shindigs, plus other happenings around town.

An eclectic guest list — including 50 Cent, LL Cool J, Michael K. Williams (The Wire) and Luis Guzmán (Boogie Nights) — toasted Eminem’s new tome, The Way I Am, at the Detroit rapper’s hush-hush book release party at Nort/Recon, where he quietly announced the title of his next CD, Relapse, practically under his breath. It was a rare public appearance for Slim Shady, who’s been keeping a curiously low profile for the last three years. Ever the superstar, he arrived two hours late, making his grand entrance only minutes before the party was scheduled to end. No release date has been set for Relapse, but a track called “I’m Having a Relapse” has already leaked online. In the meantime, be sure to check out EW.com’s exclusive excerpt from The Way I Am (out Oct. 21) and our gallery of exclusive Eminem photos.

Also making the scene… At Rosenblum’s weekly cocktail soiree at Taj, Russell Simmons celebrated the launch of his latest Internet venture, Globalgrind.com, with actor Anthony Anderson, comedian Cedric the Entertainer, and supermodel Chanel Iman, among other famous friends…. At Gotham Hall, Diane Kruger, Joshua Jackson, and Ludacris were in the house for the star-studded finale of the third annual Hennessy artistry concert series, featuring performances by Ne-Yo, Leona Lewis, and Fabolous…. At Integrated Studios, music producer Swizz Beatz, who’s also a serious art collector and budding artist, hosted a private media preview of his paintings, to be followed by a splashy showcase that’s still in the works.

Why so many people threw parties on the night of the final presidential debate (and the Project Runway finale), I’ll never know. But thank heavens for DVR! At any rate, let’s discuss the big news: Eminem’s comeback. Are you excited for his new CD? Have you heard “I’m Having a Relapse”? If so, what are your thoughts?


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